November 19, 2015

A landmark Internet privacy decision, the first FDA-approved GMO animal for food, and more in this edition of Advertising Law News & Analysis

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Third Circuit Hands Victory to Venable Client in Landmark Internet Privacy Decision

Venable recently secured victory for a client in the digital advertising industry in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) testing whether Internet advertisers violate federal statutes by allegedly placing browser cookies on users' devices without their authorization.

Read the full news item to learn how Venable secured this precedential MDL victory.

Read the Court's decision here.

FDA Approves First GMO Animal for Food, Issues Voluntary Labeling Guidance

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made several announcements regarding food from genetically engineered plants and animals (GMOs). The agency announced the first approval for a genetically engineered animal – salmon – intended for the food supply. FDA also issued voluntary labeling guidance for foods from GMO and non-GMO sources.

Read FDA's press release.

FTC Announces Amendments to TSR

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had approved final amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). Among the changes is banning the use of four specific payment mechanisms sometimes used by telemarketers. The FTC also made changes related to the National Do Not Call Registry, expanded the advance-fee ban on recovery services, and added the requirement that a description of purchased goods and services be included in the recording of a consumer's express authorization to be charged.

Read the FTC's press release to learn more about the changes to the TSR.

Upcoming Events:

ACI's Advanced Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Cross-Border & Global Payments and Technologies Conference

November 20 | New York, NY

Venable's Allyson B. Baker will present "Mobile Payments and Other Emerging Payments in the Cross-Border and Global Payments Space" at the American Conference Institute's (ACI) Advanced Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Cross-Border & Global Payments and Technologies Conference. Attend the conference to learn more about new and emerging technologies and business models in the payments space and how to best prepare yourself for the legal, regulatory, and compliance issues that arise in this competitive space.

Click here to learn more about ACI's Cross-Border & Global Payments and Technologies Conference.

"Entertainment Industry Tax Issues: Outbound Tax Planning for Talent" for the Beverly Hills Bar Association

December 7 | Beverly Hills, CA

Join Venable's Alan J. Epstein and Shane P. Nix to learn about tax planning considerations particular to international talent performing services outside of the United States, specifically, foreign tax credit planning, structuring the talent's provision of services and allocation, and character and sourcing of income.

Click here to attend or to learn more about the Beverly Hills Bar Association.