Regulatory Rumblings

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Important Commercial Speech Case

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 9:00am ET

We were concerned to learn today that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from the Sherwin-Williams Company and others regarding a key case on advertising and nuisance law.

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Privacy Hearings Raise More Questions Than Answers

Posted: Oct 15, 2018 12:00am ET

On October 10th the Senate Commerce Committee convened the second in a series of hearings entitled “Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act.”

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Senate Commerce Committee Holds Groundbreaking Consumer Data Privacy Hearing

Posted: Oct 4, 2018 12:00am ET

On September 26, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation launched the first in a series of hearings on consumer privacy and data security.

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Senate Commerce Committee Should Consider the Benefits of Data and Advertising

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 12:47pm ET

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold an important hearing tomorrow entitled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy.”

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The Mandatory Ad Disclosure Muddle

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 1:00pm ET

A storm cloud on the horizon for our industry involves the question of when the government may compel marketers to add warnings or make other disclosures in their ads. The issue is significant because it will determine what types of ad disclosures the federal government and the nation’s 30,000- plus local governments may require from marketers.

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Fixing the California Privacy Law Will Require a Serious, Long Term Effort

Posted: Sep 4, 2018 2:55pm ET

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was rushed through the legislature in just one week in June and was trumpeted by its sponsors as a huge win for consumers. In fact, we believe the sweeping new law will be bad for privacy, bad for consumers and bad for businesses.

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The FTC Should Analyze the GDPR and the CCPA

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 12:15pm ET

The FTC will be holding a series of hearings this fall to determine whether changes in technology and the economy might require adjustments in their competition and consumer protection policies, and ANA has filed detailed comments urging the FTC to carry out a rigorous analysis of the impacts of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act on both co ...

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The Supreme Court Should Review the Sherwin-Williams Case

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 3:30pm ET

ANA has filed a “friend of the court” brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case involving the question of whether the First Amendment allows state tort liability for truthful commercial speech when a court later determines that a lawful product is hazardous.

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California State Legislature Needs to Act Now on Privacy Bill

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 1:30pm ET

When the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was rushed through the legislature in just one week, with no real time for careful consideration, the chief sponsors indicated that they would consider a “clean up” bill this month to fix the technical defects in this sweeping new law – and that bill is under consideration now.

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California Lawmakers to "Clean Up" Sweeping Privacy Bill

Posted: Aug 8, 2018 3:00pm ET

Earlier this year the California State Legislature passed a sweeping new privacy bill, AB375, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA).

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