By Yumna Khan, Jesse M. Coleman, and Brandon L. Bigelow

Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 26, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced it had finalized changes to modernize the Health Breach Notification Rule (the “HBNR”) by clarifying its applicability to health and wellness apps and other similar technologies—effectively expanding the information Covered Entities must provide to consumers when

Continue Reading Keeping with the Times – FTC Expands Scope of Health Breach Notification Rule, Even as HHS Announces Its Own HIPAA Update

By Cathryn M. Johns and Brandon L. Bigelow

Seyfarth’s Future of Automotive Series

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On January 18, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it was staying the effective date of its Combating Auto Retail Scams Trade Regulation Rule (the “CARS Rule”) pending resolution of an administrative challenge filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth

Continue Reading FTC Pumps Brakes on CARS Rule, At Least For Now

Brandon L. Bigelow and Sam Rowley

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On January 22, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the 2024 threshold for applying the size-of-parties test of the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act will increase from $111.4 million to $119.5 million. Deals that exceed this $119.5 million threshold may need to be reported to the FTC and U.S. Department of

Continue Reading FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Thresholds and Filing Fees for 2024

By Bernard OlshanskyDaniel SmallRobert WhitmanJames Yu, and Nicholas De Baun 

Seyfarth SynopsisEfforts to prohibit non-compete agreements in New York State are back to square one following Governor Hochul’s veto of an outright ban in late December 2023.

As we reported most recently here, New York was set to join a 

Continue Reading New York Non-Compete Ban is Off the Table—For Now

By Patrick Muffo

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, a joint statement was issued by four federal agencies expressing their apprehension regarding the use of AI for discriminatory or anticompetitive purposes and outlining their plans for regulation. This comes on the heels of Elon Musk requesting a “pause” in AI development and meeting with Senator Chuck Schumer to guide the statutory

Continue Reading Regulation of AI – the Path Ahead

By Ashley K. Laken and Timothy F. Haley

Triancular_red_flagSeyfarth Synopsis: On October 20, the DOJ and the FTC jointly issued their Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals, stating that DOJ intends to pursue employers criminally for alleged wage fixing and no-poaching agreements.  

On October 20, 2016, the DOJ and FTC jointly issued their “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals.” 
Continue Reading HR Professionals Take Note: DOJ and FTC Issue Guidance Regarding Antitrust Laws in the Employment Context

By Pamela Q. Devata and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The FTC has adjusted its per violation penalties, in some cases by substantial amounts.

In a federal rulemaking published last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized amendments to Commission Rule 1.98 to adjust the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of sixteen provisions of law. 81
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By Pamela Q. Devata and Craig B. Simonsen

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just released a report on Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues (Report), January 6, 2016.

The FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez indicates in the FTC news release on the Report, that “big data’s role is growing in nearly every area of business,
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