The laws and rules governing automatic renewal programs continue to change on a regular basis. Over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission has announced a number of settlements and lawsuits enforcing the federal Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act. California regulators have picked up where the FTC leaves off, bringing a string of enforcement actions and lawsuits, even against companies already sued by the FTC. Not to be outdone, New York recently passed an amendment to its existing automatic renewal law, which will go into effect this month. With it, we can expect to see a new set of lawsuits challenging automatic renewal programs. Meanwhile, the California legislature has proposed amendments to its existing automatic renewal law that would impose more stringent requirements addressing cancellations and trial programs. However, companies offering automatic renewal programs are not without defenses, and a number of recent court decisions have provided new defenses against these lawsuits.
Join Venable attorneys Ellen Berge, Ari Rothman, and Shahin Rothermel as they discuss new laws, regulatory actions, court decisions, and proposed amendments affecting companies offering automatic renewal programs, and ways companies can avoid legal actions and defend against them when they arise.
Ellen Berge, Partner, Advertising and Marketing Litigation, Venable LLP
Ari Rothman, Partner, Advertising and Marketing Litigation, Venable LLP
Shahin Rothermel, Associate, Advertising and Marketing Litigation, Venable LLP