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March 27, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, March 9-23

By: Ifrah Law
This is the fourth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Proposed Gaming Bill Could Make Nevada First to Legalize Online Poker Nevada, long an innovator in the gambling arena, may soon take another major step by becoming the first state to legalize online poker. We discuss the state’s importance in the gaming world, the chances of passage of the bill, and the groups that stand to benefit. Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog. 2. Brady Violation Leads to Reversal of Conviction in D.C. When it comes to Brady violations, sometimes late is no better than never, it seems, as the D.C. Court of Appeals reverses a conviction for assault with intent to commit murder. We explain what information the prosecutors withheld and why it was important. Read the full post here on the Crime in the Suites blog. 3. ‘Taking the Fifth’ Before Congress: A New Ethics Twist It’s unethical for... Read more

The Pennsylvania Attorney General filed a consumer protection lawsuit last month against Zoommania, LLC, a Philadelphia-based Internet electronics store, for a bait-and-switch scheme the company allegedly employed in online sales and for its creation of new websites to avoid negative customer feedback resulting from the scheme. The complaint, which seeks restitution for consumers, alleges that… Read More

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March 21, 2011

Does Google Need to Police Its Ads for Fraud?

By: Ifrah Law

Do Google and other search engines have an obligation to screen their advertisers for those who may be perpetrating consumer fraud? Google has said in the past that its AdWords Content Policy will reject advertisements for sites that make false claims and that it investigates and removes any ads that violate Google’s internal policies, but… Read More

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March 16, 2011

Is FTC Action Needed Against Pricey Apps?

By: Ifrah Law

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the apathy of the American parent. If a parent drops off a child at a candy store, handing the child a credit card and saying nothing more than he’ll be back in 15 minutes, should that parent be angry with the candy store owner if the child ends up buying… Read More

This is the third of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Will the Internet Taint a Loughner Verdict? Is it impossible for accused Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner to get a fair trial because jurors will inevitably be looking… Read More

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March 4, 2011

Ifrah Quoted in News Outlets Coast to Coast

By: Ifrah Law

On March 2, 2011, Jeff Ifrah, founding partner of the Ifrah Law firm in Washington, D.C., provided commentary on two different breaking news items to The Washington Post, the Associated Press, ABC News, the Blog of the Legal Times and several other major news outlets. That day, an article in The Washington Post quoted Ifrah… Read More

On March 2, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced “Operation Empty Promises,” a multi-agency law enforcement initiative aimed at cracking down on misleading “work from home” and other business opportunity offers. The campaign includes more than 90 actions brought by various state and federal agencies in the past year, including the Department of Justice, the… Read More

This is the second of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s two blogs. 1. Is D.C. on the Way to Legalizing Online Poker? On February 2, we were among the first media outlets to point out that a little-noticed amendment could… Read More

The Wall Street Journal has acknowledged the serious problem that chargebacks pose to businesses in an article posted on its website. Merchants pay a heavy price for these reverse credit card transactions, which cost them a lost sale, the lost product, and a fine imposed by the credit card company. What’s more, courts have equated… Read More

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February 16, 2011

Wu Appointment May Mean More Regulation to Come

By: Ifrah Law

On February 8, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu would be joining the Commission’s Office of Policy Planning. The law professor known for coining the phrase “net neutrality” reportedly will advise the Commission on long-range competition and consumer protection policy initiatives. Professor Wu’s appointment is considered by many in the… Read More

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