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, and courts have recently begun to interpret the law’s requirements. 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 and California have updated their automatic renewal laws, and Colorado and Delaware now have comparable laws in the books. Card brands have also entered the fray, updating rules related to negative option marketing. With these developments, we can expect to see new risks associated with automatic renewal programs. However, companies offering these programs are not without defenses.
Join Venable partners Ellen Berge and Shahin Rothermel as they discuss new laws, regulatory actions, court decisions, and other developments affecting businesses offering automatic renewal programs, and ways companies can avoid legal actions and defend against them when they arise.
Ellen Berge, Partner, Venable LLP
Shahin Rothermel, Partner, Venable LLP