C. Ryan Barber

How In-House Lawyers Responded to the FTC's 'Influencer' Letters

C. Ryan Barber

The National Law Journal obtained several responses from companies that received letters from the FTC this year urging greater disclosures of any paid relationships that involve so-called social media "influencers." The agency and consumer advocacy groups have raised concern that influencer advertis

'Yes, at Google,' a Fiduciary Rule Compliance Checklist, and CFPB Faces New Challenge in 9th Circuit

C. Ryan Barber

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a new challenge in the Ninth Circuit over the Obama-era agency's structure. Uber's paying tens of millions to drivers in New York who were shortchanged on the amount they received for rides. Lobbyists prepare to ramp up a new fight against against the O

DC Circuit Shows No Sign of Punting on CFPB's Constitutionality

C. Ryan Barber

The D.C. Circuit's en banc argument in PHH v. CFPB was one of the hottest tickets in Washington on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from the 90-minute hearing over the constitutionality of the single-director structure at the President Barack Obama-era agency long in the crosshairs of Republicans

Under the Hood of Gibson Dunn's Regulatory Team on Major CFPB, SEC Cases

C. Ryan Barber

Two Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher lawyers will argue Wednesday against the CFPB and the SEC in rare, back-to-back full-court argument sessions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. We recently caught up with Gibson Dunn partner Helgi Walker, co-chair of the firm's administrative law and regul

'Echo Is Not Spying On You,' Amazon Lawyer Declares

C. Ryan Barber

Months after Apple faced off with the FBI over an order to unlock an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino shooting investigation, Amazon.com Inc. was thrust center-stage in its own digital privacy debate when Arkansas prosecutors demanded data from a murder suspect's Echo device. Amazon initially

Who Got Those Social 'Influencer' Letters From the FTC? Read the Full List.

C. Ryan Barber

Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Polizzi, the "Jersey Shore" star better known as Snooki, and the former baksetball star Allen Iverson were among the celebrities the Federal Trade Commission recently sent letters to as part of the agency's push to promote clearer disclosures of business relationships in endor

US Product Safety Regulator Sneers at 'Fabricated Outrage' Over Regulations

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"While we hear a lot of fabricated outrage about the impact of regulations, there is far less genuine discussion about the real costs of a failure to act," Elliot Kaye, a U.S. Consumer Product Safety commissioner, said recently in voting with the majority to advance new regulations for table saws. D

3M's GC Ivan Fong Learned the Value of a Crisis Playbook at Homeland Security

C. Ryan Barber

As legal careers go, Ivan Fong, general counsel to 3M Co., has seen it all.

Tech Giants, Carmakers Rev Up Lobbying on Autonomous Vehicles

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Once a science-fiction fantasy, self-driving vehicles are the new frontier for the automobile industry—and tech giants, century-old automakers and upstart electric car manufacturers are all speeding toward it. That's meant shelling out big bucks to lobby shops to engage with regulators and policy of

Need Help Fighting the CFPB? One Company Turns to Trump's Justice Department

C. Ryan Barber

Ocwen Financial Corp., the mortgage loan servicer fighting a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit, has turned to an unlikely source for help: the U.S. Justice Department. In a federal court filing styled as a motion "to invite the views of the attorney general of the United States," the

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