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Arizona AG Fines Google $85 Million Over Alleged Deceptive Location Tracking

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich reached a settlement agreement with Google to resolve allegations that the internet search and technology company unlawfully obtained users’ location data and used that information to sell advertisements and analyze their effectiveness in violation of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

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FTC Releases Report Detailing Use of “Dark Patterns” to Manipulate Online Consumers

In a recent report entitled Bringing Dark Patterns to Light, the FTC detailed how companies increasingly have used sophisticated design techniques to allegedly trick or manipulate online consumers into purchasing products or services, or revealing personal information. The report originated from a public workshop in 2021 on digital dark patterns that featured a variety of…

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Administrative Judge Dismisses FTC’s Attempt to Block Acquisition of Early Cancer Detection Company

In a September 9, 2022 decision, Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell dismissed a complaint filed by the FTC alleging that the $7.1 billion acquisition of multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test maker Grail, Inc. by DNA sequencing company Illumina, Inc. would violate the FTC Act and the Clayton Act.

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Indiana AG Settles With Marketing Email Company Over Allegedly Deceptive Messages

Indiana AG Todd Rokita reached a settlement with Nevada-based PERA, LLC to resolve allegations that PERA violated Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act (DCSA) by sending approximately 70,000 deceptive email solicitations to Indiana public employees. According to the Consent Judgment, PERA allegedly sent solicitations offering to provide consultations with financial representatives, and creating the false impression…

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