The news media have taken notice of the increase in advertising lawsuits and formal grievances filed against competitors. This month, The New York Times and The AmLaw Daily reported on the recent up-tick in false advertising challenges.

The New York Times article, “Best Soup Ever? Suits Over Ads Demand Proof” from November 22, 2009, noted that the number of cases appears to have grown as the economy has declined. Kelley Drye & Warren partner, John E. Villafranco, explained, “In this economy, where margins are a bit tighter, a lot of marketing departments have decided to become more aggressive in going after their competitors in the hopes that they can either protect their market position or capture additional market share.”

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On November 17, 2009, Kelley Drye & Warren hosted a seminar and webcast, “Privacy Law Paradigm Shift: Policymakers Respond to Rapidly Evolving Technologies,” addressing new developments in privacy and information security law, regulation, and enforcement. Kelley Drye Partner Tom Cohen, and Of Counsel Jodie Bernstein, opened the seminar with an overview of privacy law and a history of the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement priorities. Nine experts from the government and private sector spoke during three different panel sessions, The New Privacy Paradigm, Developments in Data Security, and Privacy and New Technologies. This advisory provides an overview of the key take-aways from each panel.

A webcast recording is also available to view online.

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