FTC Reaches Two Epic Settlements with Fortnite’s Maker

The FTC has settled its largest refund amount and established its largest administrative order in the history of the department and gaming industry. This settlement and administrative order were both with gaming giant, Epic Games. Epic Games is the owner of video games such as Gears of War, Dauntless, and Fortnite. The company has an estimated yearly gross income of $907 million a year, with a vast majority of its revenue coming from Fortnite. Fortnite is Epic Games’s most popular game, with over 400 million users worldwide, many of those users being young adults and teens.

FTC Attempts to Keep Up with Tech: Proposed ban on AI to Impersonate Individuals

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud among other unfair business practices. On February 15, 2024 the Chair of the FTC Lina M. Khan released a joint statement with Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Commissioner Alvaro M. Bedoya stating the FTC finalized its rule prohibiting both government and business impersonation scheme, and is seeking public comment on a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that would extend the ban to include the impersonation of individuals as well. Specifically, the finalized rule and the proposed addition would prohibit the use of artificial intelligence or AI tools for impersonation. For consumers, this rule and the proposed addition provide much needed protection against fraudsters using AI-generated deepfakes. Given the increase in consumer fraud, it is imperative that the FTC expand consumer protection regulation in tandem with evolving technology.

‘Off-Channel’ Communications and the SEC

Alexia Mandoeng  Associate Editor   Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2025        The U.S Securities and Exchanges Commission (“SEC”) has targeted its attention toward monitoring and regulating the off-channel communications of its registrants. In the past few years, the SEC has imposed penalties exceeding $2 billion, with the most recent charges being …
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Overseas Human Rights Violations

Ariez Bueno  Associate Editor  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2025  On January 23, 2024, China’s human rights record was examined in the Universal Periodic Review. The U.N. Meeting included many Western countries raising their concerns over the treatment of Xinjiang Uyghurs. Although Beijing denied any abuse of Uyghurs and other Muslims in China, …
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Health Roulette: The Truth Behind Dietary Supplements

Katherine O’Malley Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2025   How safe are dietary supplements such as your average vitamin pill or gummy? Are they tested like a new drug before they hit the market? Or even tested for effectiveness? We do not know how safe or effective dietary supplements are because regulators …
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Preemies and Problematic Probiotics

Delaney Szwed   Associate Editor   Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2024     On September 29, 2023, following the death of a baby that was killed by bacteria linked to a probiotic drug, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning letter regarding the use and risks of probiotics to treat preterm infants. In …
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How can my Biometric Information put my life in danger?

Zaid Dababneh  Associate Editor  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2025       Today, businesses use biometric information to uphold security, better time management, and when granting employees health plans. With the uses of biometric information, comes their vulnerability. Hackers look to access fingerprints, voice-notes, and other information, particularly with a hope of stealing …
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How a ‘door plug’ could change FAA regulations and aid NTSB investigations

Kirsten Brueggemann Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2025 On January 5, 2024, Alaska Airlines’ Flight 1282, a Boeing Model 737-9 MAX from Portland, OR to Ontario, CA experienced a severe structural failure. Shortly after takeoff, a significant portion of the aircraft’s fuselage was torn away, resulting in a gaping hole in …
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Antitrust Regulation Enforcement in Health Care

Anokhi Manchanda Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2025   Many Americans find the rising health care costs to be a cause for concern. The solution could be stronger antitrust enforcement, which would lead to more competition in the health care industry and, subsequently, lowered health care costs. In October 2023, Deputy …
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Web Scraping, What is it and Why Should I Care About it?

Mariam Salmanzadeh Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2025   In today's information-driven world, data is a valuable currency, and businesses continually seek innovative means to obtain, analyze, and harness this resource. One such method involves web scraping, an automated process that extracts website data. However, as web scraping gains wider popularity, …
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