Companies responding to the pandemic are faced with the challenges of not only complying with federal, state, and local emergency orders and guidelines for each location in which they operate, but also ensuring that any measures taken to address the foregoing do not affect compliance with other laws.  In the wake of business closures and

Long before COVID-19 affected retail companies had already started shifting to e-commerce platforms, marked by retail giants exclusively in the e-commerce space.  Even banks acknowledged this trend, by no longer offering cash-back credit rewards for just gas and grocery purchases, but for online purchases too.  Now, as COVID-19 affects a growing number of retail stores,

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an April 8, 2020 post on the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)’s Business Blog, the Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, Andrew Smith, provided helpful guidance on the use of artificial intelligence technology in businesses’ decision-making. In particular, Smith emphasized (i) transparency, both in informing consumers about how automated tools

As the number of COVID-19 cases began to rise in the United States, colleges and universities around the country took proactive steps to limit the spread of the disease on campuses. Students were asked to return home; faculty and students transitioned to online classes; and staff who were able to work remotely were asked to

The Illinois Supreme Court recently affirmed a state appellate court’s holding that in class action lawsuits, an effective tender made before a named plaintiff files a class certification motion satisfies the named plaintiff’s individual claim and moots the plaintiff’s interest in the litigation.

For employers facing workplace class actions in Illinois and other states with

Synopsis: Last month, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion, affirming broad Article III standing and holding that, for permissible-purpose claims, a consumer-plaintiff need allege only that his/her credit report was obtained for a purpose not authorized by the statute to survive a motion to dismiss, regardless of whether the report is published or otherwise

Synopsis: Unhappy with the FDA’s position on branding, Congressional representatives seek to define “natural” narrowly to limit its use in consumer advertising.

As the cosmetic industry moves on to new marketing lingo connoting healthier and safer cosmetics, including “clean beauty,” “sustainable,” “vegan,” and “pure,” New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney introduced the Natural Cosmetics Act