FTC and DOJ issue antitrust guidance to HR pros

In late October, the FTC and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued guidance for human resources (“HR”) professionals regarding the applicability of antitrust law to hiring and compensation decisions.  According to the FTC, “HR professionals are often in the best position to ensure their companies’ hiring practices comply with the law and this guidance will help […]

Maximum civil penalty amounts rise sharply

Late last week, the FTC announced that it had approved final amendments to Commission Rule 1.98.  Rule 1.98 adjusts the maximum civil penalty for violations of the 16 provisions of the law the FTC enforces.  The final amendments were approved in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015.  […]

DOJ probes allegations that Tiversa faked data breaches

Previously, we reported on the FTC’s fight with LabMD over data security.  As part of that coverage, we noted the testimony of former Tiversa employee, Richard Wallace, which alleged that Tiversa had given the FTC doctored evidence purporting to prove consumer data breaches. DOJ/FBI Investigate Tiversa Now it appears that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) […]

Clean diesel ads proving not so clean for VW

For quite some time, Volkswagen (“VW”) advertised its TDI “clean diesel offerings” as, “Like really clean diesel.”  However, we all now know the truth about VW’s ads regarding its clean diesel cars, which is that their ads simply do not stand up to any kind of scrutiny.  And now the FTC has decided to enter […]