FTC to FCC: Blame the Seller for DNC Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently urged the Federal Communications Commission to hold the sellers of goods and services responsible for sales calls made by others on their behalf. The “Do Not Call” rules established under the authority of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 are currently enforced by two government agencies: the Federal Trade […]

Compliance Guide: The New European Online Privacy Law

The EU recently enacted its new Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (the “E-Privacy Directive”), an important new policy directive establishing rules for the use of cookies for tracking/storing information on European users will change. Prior to the enactment of the E-Privacy Directive, website operators with customers in the EU were simply required to: (a) inform […]

FTC Proposes Changes to Online Advertising Disclosures

On May 26, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will be updating its published guidelines on how online companies may comply with federal advertising law.  In accordance with its normal practices the FTC is accepting public comments on how best to modify its earlier publication, “Dot Com Disclosures: Information About Online Advertising,” […]

Bear Mauling Illustrates Employers’ Risks

Countless employers across the country enhance their bottom line by classifying their employees as independent contractors. There are risks to this approach to both employers and their employees. A recent decision by the Montana Supreme Court in a worker’s compensation case provides an illustration of these risks.

Another Facebook Firing

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued yet another complaint against a hapless employer that fired an employee for making disparaging comments on his Facebook page. According to a May 24 press release, a car salesman at Knauz BMW in Illinois was terminated for content he posted on Facebook; specifically, he posted photos and […]