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August 18, 2014

In The News Today – August 18, 2014

FedEx’s senior vice president, Patrick Fitzgerald, has responded to additional charges filed against FedEx by the Department of Justice, stating that, “We stand ready to help deliver the solution [to illegal online pharmacies] by working with law enforcement, but the responsibility to monitor, regulate or police activities of doctors and pharmacists lies with licensing, regulatory and law enforcement authorities, not shipping companies.” (Wall Street Journal)

Authorities from the U.S. have recently “extract huge settlements” from international companies; however, “a new court ruling may mean U.S. law doesn’t extend far enough to protect certain whistleblowers who flag such violations,” due to language in a 2010 Supreme Court ruling. (Wall Street Journal)

Wyndham Hotels is the latest of over 40 companies that have become subject to FTC supervision after a data security breach, which has given the FTC “the right to supervise the company’s IT department.” The Wall Street Journal writes that this is “the latest episode of the Obama Administrations’s habit of using vague laws to justify regulatory schemes that Congress never intended,” by way of the “catch-all language of Section 5 of the FTC Act.” (Wall Street Journal)

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