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Following public comment periods, the Federal Trade Commission approved final consent orders involving 10 auto dealers’ deceptive advertising charges.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that American Plastic Manufacturing, Inc.  made misleading and unsubstantiated biodegradability claims for its plastic products.  The final order is the fourth resulting from a set of “green...
The Federal Trade Commission is resuming its regulatory review of the Fuel Economy Guide. The agency seeks comments on potential updates to the Guide, which helps facilitate the use of fuel economy information in advertising.
The Federal Trade Commission announced the agenda and panelists for its upcoming seminar on the privacy ramifications of consumer generated and controlled health data, taking place on May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in Washington, D.C.
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission described its efforts to stop precious metals investment scams and inform consumers how to avoid them.
La Comisión Federal de Comercio está enviando por correo cheques de reembolso por un valor total de $42,580.45 a 1,274 consumidores que compraron un aditivo para combustible que no tenía utilidad alguna conocido como EnviroTabs.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling $42,580.45 to 1,274 consumers who bought a worthless fuel additive called EnviroTabs. Its marketer, Green Foot Global LLC, touted it as the “World’s 1st Multi-Vitamin for Your Engine!” and falsely claimed it would increase fuel...
McSweeny, named an FTC Commissioner by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate, began her official duties on April 28.
An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission today began mailing refund checks to more than 4,800 consumers allegedly defrauded by National Card Monitor, LLC (National), a telemarketing operation that promised to substantially lower consumers’ credit card interest rates for an advance...
One of the most vibrant areas of recent economic development has been the “share economy.” Facilitated by popular smartphones and animated not only by economics, but also by many people’s interest in expanding social networks, peer-to-peer (P2P) software applications now facilitate services from...
The head of an operation that enabled telemarketers to make illegal robocalls, call phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and mask Caller ID information, is permanently banned from telemarketing and robocalling under a settlement with the federal government.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments from the public to further explore issues raised by last year’s FTC forum examining the state of mobile security. Panelists at the forum discussed a number of complex issues that warrant further public input.
The Federal Trade Commission is honoring Assistant United States Attorneys Hallie Mitchell Hoffman and Kyle F. Waldinger with its Criminal Liaison Unit’s Prosecuting Attorney’s Award for their work in combatting consumer fraud. The Criminal Liaison Unit presents the award annually to one or more...
One of the key players in the I Works scheme that allegedly took more than $275 million from consumers via deceptive “trial” memberships for bogus government-grant and money-making schemes has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he and 12 shell companies in his name violated...
A South Dakota-based payday lending operation and its owner will pay $967,740 to the U.S. Treasury as part of a settlement resolving FTC charges that they used unfair and deceptive tactics to collect on payday loans and forced debt-burdened consumers to travel to South Dakota and appear before a...
A federal court has ordered the operators of a Baltimore-based immigration services scam to pay as much as $616,000 in refunds to Spanish-speaking immigrants, who were deceived into paying the defendants for immigration services that they were not qualified or authorized to provide. The order bans...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop entitled “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” in Washington on Sept. 15, 2014, to further explore the use of “big data” and its impact on American consumers, including low income and underserved consumers.
The director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection notified Facebook and WhatsApp about their obligations to protect the privacy of their users in light of Facebook’s proposed acquisition of WhatsApp.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice today issued a policy statement on the sharing of cyber-security information that makes clear that properly designed cyber threat information sharing is not likely to raise antitrust concerns and can help secure the nation’s networks of...
Two data brokers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by providing reports about consumers to users such as prospective employers and landlords without taking reasonable steps to make sure that they were accurate, or without...

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