Regulation

National Labor Relations Board.

Samsung Ordered to Stop Using Employee Arbitration Agreement

By C. Ryan Barber |

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Samsung to stop using an arbitration agreement that requires employees to waive their class action rights as a hiring condition, upholding an administrative law judge's decision for a Florida field sales manager who alleged the company failed to pay overtime wages.

Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Challenges Business Criticism About Robocalling Rules

By C. Ryan Barber |

The FCC believes concerns from companies and business advocates, suing over the agency's new "autodialer" rule, are unfounded. In a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the agency said businesses and industry groups are "incorrect that the commission's ruling necessarily sweeps in devices such as ordinary smartphones."

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.

CFPB Urges Judge to Name Companies That Sued Agency Anonymously

By C. Ryan Barber |

Several companies in the credit-repair services industry should not be allowed to keep their identities secret in their suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency told a federal judge in Washington this month.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Whistleblower Challenges SEC Over Award Claim

By C. Ryan Barber |

Three years after requesting a reward for tipping off financial regulators, a whistleblower has asked a federal appeals court in Washington to light a fire under the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to force it to decide on the award application. In a petition filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Butzel Long partner Max Maccoby described the whistleblower's award request as the "tip of the iceberg" in a backlog that threatens to diminish the effectiveness of the SEC's compensation program for tipsters.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

Despite Some Gripes, CFPB Workers Mostly Happy, Survey Finds

By C. Ryan Barber |

Although employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau overwhelmingly see their jobs as significant and satisfying, nearly half feel that compensation is not based on performance, according to a survey released this week.

Frederick Scullin.

N.Y. Judge Who Struck D.C. Gun Regs Wasn't Authorized to Hear Case

By Zoe Tillman |

A New York federal judge should never have been assigned to a case in the District of Columbia that challenged the city's gun-licensing scheme, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

Bamboo grove.

FTC Cracks Down on 'Bamboo' Advertising Claims

By C. Ryan Barber |

In the latest round of enforcement against deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission reached settlements Wednesday with four national retailers the agency accused of mislabeling rayon products as being made of bamboo. The retailers—Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Backcountry.com LLC—will be barred from making inaccurate claims about bamboo content and also be required to pay a combined $1.3 million in civil penalties.

Clarence Thomas.

Thomas Objects as Justices Turn Away Challenge to Assault-Weapon Ban

By Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied review of a closely watched gun rights case over the strong objection of Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. In a rare dissent from denial of review in Friedman v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, Thomas scolded lower federal courts—including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which ruled in the case—for misinterpreting the high court's 2008 decision that declared an individual right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.

Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

D.C. Circuit Judge David Tatel Confronts Net Neutrality For a Third Time

By Zoe Tillman |

For the third time since 2010, Judge David Tatel on Friday heard arguments in a case that tests the federal government’s authority to regulate the Internet. A few factors, including his colleagues' stock holdings, may have boosted his chances of being assigned.

<b>ON CALL:</b> The Internet Association is concerned the FCC's rules open up ride-share service Uber Technologies' computerized platform to litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Broad Array of Companies, Groups Fight FCC's 'Autodialer' Rules

By C. Ryan Barber |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is considering the Federal Communications Commission's interpretation of a 1991 consumer protection law restricting use of automatic dialing equipment.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

College Accreditor Tells CFPB to Back Off From Inquiry

By C. Ryan Barber |

Drawing on the support of two Republican lawmakers and a former U.S. Education Department lawyer, a Washington-based accrediting organization said Wednesday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has no authority over the evaluation of colleges. The agency took the accreditor to court in October, setting up a fight over the scope of the agency's investigative authority.

A wall of TV's.

Online TV Streaming Service Loses Latest Court Fight with Networks

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal district judges in Washington and California have split on whether online television-streaming provider FilmOn X LLC is entitled to a cable license, setting the stage for appellate judges to again consider the legality of the service. Broadcasters defeated the company in Washington in follow-up litigation to the Supreme Court's Aereo ruling but lost in a California federal district court.

Andrew Ceresney.

Google Exec, Securities Enforcer Clash Again Over Email Privacy Bill

By Mike Sacks |

A top Obama administration securities enforcer clashed Tuesday with Google Inc.'s information-security director over a proposed email privacy bill that has found bipartisan support in the House and the Senate. Andrew Ceresney, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division director, wants administrative carve-outs to the bill. Google's Richard Salgado, the company's director of law enforcement, supports the bill as written.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building

Medical Company LabMD Sues FTC Lawyers Over Data-Privacy Case

By C. Ryan Barber |

An Atlanta-based medical testing company that claims to have been put out of business under the weight of a Federal Trade Commission data-privacy investigation is now suing three agency attorneys for allegedly bringing a case based on "fictional" evidence.

A young man chants in favor of immigration law reform during a massive rally held at the Mall in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 10, 2006.

Justice Dept. Wants Immigration Case Fast-Tracked in Supreme Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Against a contentious national debate over immigration and refugee policies, the U.S. Justice Department on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's "unprecedented nationwide injunction" against the Obama administration's plans to temporarily defer deportation of nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. The administration said the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit warranted "immediate review."

James Cole, left, and Sally Yates, right.

DOJ's 'Yates Memo' Goes Too Far, Former Deputy AG Says

By Katelyn Polantz |

James Cole, the U.S. deputy attorney general from 2010 until January, swung repeatedly at his Justice Department successor's signature reforms on white-collar criminal prosecutions Friday, calling them a departure from reality and "impractical." Cole, who spoke at an American Bar Association Section of Business Law meeting, said: "As the memo is put into practice, I think this all-or-nothing approach [on corporations earning credit for cooperating with the government] will prove to be impractical."

The MetLife building at 200 Park Ave.

Consumer Group Fights Secrecy in MetLife's Suit Over 'Too Big to Fail' Designation

By C. Ryan Barber |

A nonprofit consumer advocate on Thursday challenged extensive redactions and sealed filings in MetLife Inc.'s lawsuit in Washington federal court over the company's designation by financial regulators as "too big to fail." Better Markets said MetLife's lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the Justice Department attorneys for the oversight panel "have created a litigation record largely shrouded in secrecy."

Not Quite 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' in This SEC Case

By C. Ryan Barber |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought fraud charges Tuesday against nine people who allegedly carried out a $78 million "pump-and-dump" scheme with stock of Jammin' Java Corp., a coffee company that was founded by one of Bob Marley's sons and uses trademarks of the late reggae legend.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

D.C. Judge Awards $45K in Legal Fees to Federal Agency

By C. Ryan Barber |

A federal trial judge in Washington this week awarded legal fees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission amid a discovery dispute with the company Intrade The Prediction Market. Intrade's lawyers, fighting the fee request, had argued that senior-level CFTC attorneys billed for low-level tasks. The dispute required the CFTC attorneys, who both formerly worked in Big Law, to assess their hourly rates.

Richard Cordray.

Consumer Agency Takes For-Profit College Accreditor to Court

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently took the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to court over the company's refusal to comply with a so-called civil investigative demand. In taking the rare step of going to court, the consumer-protection agency has begun a legal battle that could test its investigative authority at a time when corporate lawyers and critics on Capitol Hill are trying to roll back the bureau's jurisdiction. The accreditor contends the CFPB doesn't have jurisdiction over its industry.

Mythili Raman.

Don’t Sit on That Compliance Presentation to Feds, a Top DOJ Lawyer Says

By C. Ryan Barber |

A top U.S. Justice Department lawyer and a corporate in-house counsel found common ground Thursday in a discussion about how to make an effective compliance presentation to regulators: Don't wait to engage prosecutors. Covington & Burling's Mythili Raman, who formerly led the Criminal Division, moderated the panel.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) building.

Calculating the Hourly Rate of a Federal Agency Lawyer? It's Complicated

By C. Ryan Barber |

After convincing a Washington judge to sanction a company for violating a court order, two federal agency lawyers turned to calculating the dollar value of their time. It was an uncommon task for salaried attorneys in the public sector. After all, what's the billable hour for a government lawyer?

​A Washington federal trial judge this week released a redacted opinion in a dispute between companies and the CFPB. The names of the businesses that challenged the agency remain shielded from the public.​

Unsealed Ruling Reveals Test Over Secrecy of CFPB Investigations

By C. Ryan Barber |

In the crosshairs of a secret federal investigation, companies can face a dilemma: challenge the agency and risk public exposure or keep everything confidential as investigators assert their authority. A Washington federal judge's ruling, published this week, kept the identities of the companies and an individual secret—some measure of comfort for businesses and their lawyers who are navigating consumer-protection enforcement by a relatively new agency that doesn't have much guidance yet from the courts.

The Hurdles for Banks After Guilty Pleas

By Jenna Greene |

In the elite world of multibillion-dollar Wall Street banks, the U.S. Department of Labor rarely looms large. That changed this week. The agency will play a key role in determining whether five megabanks that pleaded guilty to criminal charges can effectively participate in the $7 trillion pension fund market.

<b>ON THE MOVE:</b> The Federal Trade Commission in February sued to stop Sysco's $8.2 billion bid to acquire rival U.S. Foods. A federal judge in D.C. prepares to weigh the agency's injunction request.

FTC Urges Court to Block $8.2B Merger of Food Distributors

By Jenna Greene |

The last time Richard Parker and Stephen Weissman fought a merger in court, they were allies. On May 5, they will meet again in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia — but this time, they're on opposite sides.

Richard Leon.

Judge Invalidates Another Piece of Home Care Worker Wage Regulations

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington for the second time in a month struck down a piece of U.S. Department of Labor regulations intended to expand minimum-wage and overtime protections for home care workers.

Barack Obama.

White House Offering Cybersecurity Info Sharing Plan

By Andrew Ramonas |

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will release a plan to encourage the public and private sectors to share cyberthreat details with each other, giving companies "targeted liability protection" for their information, according to the White House.

David Hantman, Head of Global Public Policy at Airbnb, discussing the regulation of the “sharing economy,” on Capitol Hill.  December 8, 2014.

Is It Time to Regulate the 'Sharing Economy'?

By Andrew Ramonas |

David Hantman, the chief lobbyist for home-rental business Airbnb Inc., on Monday cautioned government regulators against imposing new rules on members of the so-called "sharing economy" without conclusive data that justifies the regulations.

Joe Arpaio.

Feds Ask Judge to Dismiss Sheriff’s Immigration Lawsuit

By Mike Scarcella |

The U.S. Justice Department is urging a federal district judge in Washington to deny Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for an injunction to block the Obama administration’s execution action on immigration. Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., contends the administration overstepped its authority.

Hyundai, Kia to Pay $100M Over Clean Air Claims

By Zoe Tillman |

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay a record $100 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations they violated the federal Clean Air Act by misstating the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.

WMATA Settles Whistleblower's Fraud Claims for $4.2M

By Jimmy Hoover |

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has agreed to pay $4.2 million to the feds for allegedly giving out uncompetitive software contracts that used federal funding, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Mick Jagger.

'Can't Always Get What You Want,' Court Tells Tea Party Group

By Jenna Greene |

In an opinion sprinkled with references to the Rolling Stones, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Tea Party organization Stop This Insanity Inc. "will get no satisfaction" in its bid to use an all-but-obsolete campaign-finance provision to bypass disclosure requirements.

Antonin Scalia.

Justices Limit EPA's Greenhouse-Gas Regulations

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday limited some aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gases from new stationary sources, but retained the agency's ability to scrutinize sources that already emit traditional pollutants.

Amazon Prime Air drone.

Lawyers, Hobbyists Bemoan New Drone Rules

By Jimmy Hoover |

Entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos looking to incorporate drones into their business practices will have to wait a little longer, according to a proposed rule from the Federal Aviation Administration about safety procedures for the operators of unmanned aerial systems. The message was clear: hobbyists only.

D.C. Tour Guide Regs Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

Regulations requiring tour guides in the District of Columbia to pass a 100-question exam about the city are unconstitutional, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

Airlines Say TSA Fee Hike Will Make Ticket Prices Soar

By Andrew Ramonas |

Advocates for American Airlines Group Inc., United Air Lines Inc. and other air carriers are contesting a U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive that they say inappropriately increases security fees for travelers.

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo - Photo dated Dec. 4, 2012, shows workers carrying ore in a tin mine around 100 kilometers south of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo by Takeshi Kuno) (Kyodo via AP Images)

A Conflict Minerals Dilemma

By Jenna Greene |

As the fight over conflict minerals heats up again in court, companies on the sidelines are caught in limbo — with any legal lifeline potentially coming too late to offer much assistance.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

FCC Punts on Net Neutrality

By Jenna Greene |

Commission chairman charts a course that satisfies no one.

Federal Communications Commission.

Antitrust Laws Win The Day At Net Neutrality Hearing

By Jimmy Hoover |

In light of an appeals court decision early this year, the Federal Communication Commission has its work cut out for it in tweaking how it regulates broadband connectivity—an issue commonly referred to as “net neutrality.”

Emission Rule Will Spark Legal Challenges, Lawyers Say

By Todd Ruger |

The Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed carbon-emissions rule will spark legal challenges that could shape its authority to regulate the energy industry under the Clean Air Act, environmental law experts said.

Edith Ramirez.

FTC Report on Data Brokers Calls for More Regulation

By Andrew Ramonas |

The Federal Trade Commission has joined a growing drive to regulate data brokers, releasing on Tuesday a much-anticipated report that calls for improved consumer protections for personal information gathered and shared by the shadowy data-services industry.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Trial Tests FTC's Power to Sanction Lax Data Security

By Jenna Greene |

In a challenge to the Federal Trade Commission's power to go after companies for data security breaches, lawyers for medical-testing company LabMD Inc. called the government’s allegations against it "far-reaching and ludicrous."

Divided FCC Goes Ahead With Weakened Net-Neutrality Rule

By Jenna Greene |

In a 3-2 party-line split, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to move ahead with rules that could allow Internet service providers to charge more for faster content delivery but would also add protections for consumers.

A DuPont technician examines Kevlar brand fibers. Kevlar, often used in vehicles and bullet-resistant body armor, is the centerpiece of  trade-sectrets lawsuit DuPont filed in Virginia.

Momentum For Trade Secrets Bill

By Todd Ruger |

Federal lawmakers last week unveiled their latest effort to give companies a new track to fight trade-secrets theft — the federal courts.

A DuPont technician examines Kevlar brand fibers. Kevlar, often used in vehicles and bullet-resistant body armor, is the centerpiece of  trade-sectrets lawsuit DuPont filed in Virginia.

Momentum For Trade Secrets Bill

By Todd Ruger |

Federal lawmakers last week unveiled their latest effort to give companies a new track to fight trade-secrets theft — the federal courts.

pombarbie

Pom Takes Mattel Path

By Jenna Greene |

Pom Wonderful LLC has made litigation an integral part of its business strategy, filing more than 20 federal suits since 2005 to protect its trademarks and attack its rivals' marketing.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Lawyers Land Two Top Jobs at SEC Muni Securities Office

By Jenna Greene |

Municipal securities law expert Rebecca Olsen has been named chief counsel of the Office of Municipal Securities at the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Jessica Kane has been promoted to deputy director of the office.

 Trainer with Orca in SeaWorld, San Diego

SeaWorld Loses Appeal in Death of Killer Whale Trainer

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday upheld an agency's findings that SeaWorld violated federal law by exposing killer whale trainers to hazardous working conditions.

Aereo chief Chet Kanojia displays his company’s antenna and an antenna block.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Aereo chief Chet Kanojia displays his company’s antenna and an antenna block.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Aereo chief Chet Kanojia displays his company’s antenna and an antenna block.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

A man poses for a photograph with a mock Bitcoin outside the ANXBTC store in Hong Kong, China.

Regulation of Bitcoin Is Up for Grabs

By Jenna Greene |

Following a series of multimillion-dollar thefts and losses, federal regulators want to step up their oversight of virtual currency bitcoin. But bitcoin — a nationless digital money that uses cryptography to control its creation and transactions — doesn't fit neatly in any regulatory box.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

By Jenna Greene |

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

By Jenna Greene |

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

HUDSON CRASH: The pilot’s widow recovered $14.2 million—the largest individual payout.

U.S. Cuts Legal Tab in Half

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government spent about half as much to resolve lawsuits as it did during 2012, doling out $1.7 billion from the Judgment Fund — an open-ended account that the Treasury Department uses to pay legal judgments and settlements.

HUDSON CRASH: The pilot’s widow recovered $14.2 million—the largest individual payout.

U.S. Cuts Legal Tab in Half

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government spent about half as much to resolve lawsuits as it did during 2012, doling out $1.7 billion from the Judgment Fund — an open-ended account that the Treasury Department uses to pay legal judgments and settlements.

An adult greenback cutthroat trout.

'Sue & Settle' Cases Under Fire

By Jenna Greene |

When the Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado in 2012 for violating the Endangered Species Act, government lawyers didn't put up a fight.

Fourth Circuit Judge Andre DavisApril 29, 2009.

Court Lets FTC Keep Its Big Gun

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week kept intact a key part in the Federal Trade Commis­sion's "arsenal," upholding a $163 million judgment against a woman who allegedly helped dupe consumers into buying computer-security software.

Fourth Circuit Judge Andre DavisApril 29, 2009.

Court Lets FTC Keep Its Big Gun

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week kept intact a key part in the Federal Trade Commis­sion's "arsenal," upholding a $163 million judgment against a woman who allegedly helped dupe consumers into buying computer-security software.

EPA Finds Friends at High Court

By Tony Mauro |

Any hope among industry advocates that the U.S. Supreme Court might ban Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gases altogether went up in smoke, so to speak, during more than 90 minutes of spirited argument last week.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, described the administration's plan, including adoption of common terms of art to bring clarity to patent language and avoid

Patent Bar Underwhelmed by Obama's Reform Initiative

By Todd Ruger |

The Obama administration last week expanded its effort to improve the patent system and curb abusive legislation, but intellectual property lawyers said the initiative's limited scope suggested that any major reforms must come from Congress.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, described the administration's plan, including adoption of common terms of art to bring clarity to patent language and avoid

Patent Bar Underwhelmed by Obama's Reform Initiative

By Todd Ruger |

The Obama administration last week expanded its effort to improve the patent system and curb abusive legislation, but intellectual property lawyers said the initiative's limited scope suggested that any major reforms must come from Congress.

SEC Argues Whistleblowers Can Report Internally

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today filed an amicus brief stressing that whistleblowers are entitled to the Dodd-Frank Act's full protection against retaliation whether they report their employers' wrongdoing internally or go straight to the agency.

FCC To Craft New Net Neutrality Rules

By Jenna Greene |

Hoping the third time will be the charm, the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday it will craft new rules for net neutrality that will pass muster with the courts.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building

FTC Cracks Down on False ‘Safe Harbor’ Privacy Claims

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission continued its recent crackdown on companies that misrepresent their privacy compliance credentials, settling charges today with children’s online game company Fantage.com Inc.

Former FTC Head Says CFPB Poses 'Mortal Threat'

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission faces a "mortal threat" from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former FTC chairman Timothy Muris said during a panel discussion today.

SEC chairman Mary Jo White

Five Cooks in Volcker Kitchen

By Jenna Greene |

As five federal agencies begin implementing the massive — and massively complex — Volcker Rule, financial institutions have one overriding question: Who will they answer to?

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building

FTC's Long Winning Streak Ends

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission's 19-year winning streak is over. The agency's four commissioners ruled today in a split decision that pipefitter McWane Inc. did not collude to fix prices in the water works fittings market.

Reeltender Mo Laussie helps install fiber-optic cable in Louisville, CO.

Challenges Ahead for FCC Over Internet Rules

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Communications Com­mission once again has come up short in its attempt to regulate broadband Internet service providers, but the decision last week by a divided panel of federal appellate judges in some ways also strengthened the agency's hand — and sets the stage for a potentially epic showdown over new rules.

Senior judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Judge Tosses Suit Over IRS Health Care Law Regulation

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington today dismissed a legal challenge to the Internal Revenue Service's enforcement of a section of the federal health care law.

Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission Edith Ramirez

Apple to Refund $32M to Settle FTC Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Apple Inc. will pay at least $32.5 million in consumer refunds to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it wrongly billed parents millions of dollars for unauthorized charges incurred by their children in kids’ mobile apps.

Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission Edith Ramirez

Apple to Refund $32M to Settle FTC Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Apple Inc. will pay at least $32.5 million in consumer refunds to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it wrongly billed parents millions of dollars for unauthorized charges incurred by their children in kids’ mobile apps.

Artisanal miners dig for gold outside of Mongbwalu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Court Grills SEC Over Costly Conflict Minerals Rule

By Jenna Greene |

One of the most controversial — and costly — rules in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission history is under scrutiny by a panel of federal appellate judges, who questioned whether the requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the use of certain minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo violates the First Amendment.

Artisanal miners dig for gold outside of Mongbwalu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Court Grills SEC Over Costly Conflict Minerals Rule

By Jenna Greene |

One of the most controversial — and costly — rules in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission history is under scrutiny by a panel of federal appellate judges, who questioned whether the requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the use of certain minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo violates the First Amendment.

Second Thoughts on False Claims

By Andrew Ramonas |

The False Claims Act has proven one of the most lucrative civil enforcement tools for the U.S. Department of Justice, but critics now are pushing reforms on Capitol Hill and arguing the law is ineffective in preventing fraud. In the push for change, one voice is standing out: David Ogden.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

By Jenna Greene |

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

By Jenna Greene |

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.