Dec 072009
 
 December 7, 2009  Posted by  Breaches, Featured News, Laws, U.S.

Bret Cohen writes:

On December 1, Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion in a lawsuit by the American Bar Association against the Federal Trade Commission, explaining his October 29 ruling from the bench that the FTC’s Red Flags Rule does not apply to lawyers.  Holding that “[e]ven a cursory review of the language of [the Fair and Accurate Transactions Act (FACT Act), through which Congress authorized the creation of the Red Flags Rule, and other legislation defining relevant terms] and the purposes underlying their enactment leads the Court to the conclusion that it was not ‘the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress’ to bring attorneys within the purview of the FACT Act and thus subject them to regulation by the Commission’s Red Flags Rule,” Judge Walton rejected almost every argument put forth by the FTC and indicated that the court would similarly condemn any FTC attempt to apply the Rule to other professionals outside of the banking, lending, and financial sectors who bill periodically for services previously rendered.

Read more on Hogan & Hartson’s Chronicle of Data Protection.

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