Federal and state laws protect consumers—and sometimes competitors—from deceptive and unfair trade practices. At the federal level, the Federal Trade Commission is empowered by a broad statute, Section 5 of the FTC Act, to prohibit such practices. But there are a host of other federal and state laws that regulate trade practices that are enforced not only by the FTC and other federal agencies but also by state attorneys general and private plaintiffs. The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, for example, enforces over 40 such laws that address everything from advertising and debt collection to product labeling and privacy.
Thompson Hine represents clients dealing with all facets of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and concomitant state enforcers, including investigations and litigation, counseling on advertising, particularly over the Internet, rulemakings, policy studies and reports, 6(b) industry-wide investigations, negotiating consent decrees and legislative efforts. Our lawyers have substantive skill to handle a wide range of advertising and marketing issues, including substantiation reviews, “green” claims, comparative advertising, endorsements and testimonials, pricing claims, and “Made in USA” assertions. We advise clients on investigations of telemarketing and telefunding efforts (including TCPA claims), advertising practices, the evolving regulation of the collection and use of personal information, deceptive health and food advertising, shelf allocation, rebate and pricing practices in the retailing industry, financial regulation and credit reporting, and the recent legislative activity regarding privacy.
We also are experienced in defending clients in FTC or state attorneys general investigations and enforcement actions and protect their interests in litigation under state consumer protection statutes and the Lanham Act. In addition, we bring and defend Lanham Act cases and National Advertising Division (NAD) arbitrations, as well as defend our clients in consumer class action litigation. We represent firms in copyright infringement litigation, both as plaintiffs and defendants, and in trade secret misappropriation litigation. We assist firms in developing strategies for protection of confidential business information and trade secrets, including drafting state-specific noncompetition covenants.
Listed below are representative antitrust matters in which our partners have participated.
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