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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges against Fandango, Inc. and Credit Karma, Inc.
An email spammer and his company will pay $350,000 to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that they sent deceptive emails in advance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) roll-out, falsely claiming that consumers would be violating the law if they did not immediately click a link to enroll in...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced an agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” taking place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C.
A Memphis-based debt collector has agreed to stop deceiving and harassing consumers and otherwise violating federal debt collection laws, and will pay a $1.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges, while a debt collection operation headquartered outside New York City will...
The Federal Trade Commission, through an administrator, is mailing checks totaling approximately $800,000 to 1,305 consumers who fell prey to two related mortgage relief scams.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has halted, pending litigation, an Oklahoma City-based operation that allegedly bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from small businesses, doctors’ offices, retirement homes, and religious schools throughout the country by...
The Federal Trade Commission today released a staff report stating that compliance by real estate advertisers with federal credit advertising laws in major newspapers in 42 cities has risen to 90 percent, up from 86 percent in early 1984, as a result of a continuing FTC effort. Since January 1983...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved the Safe Harbor Program of iKeepSafe, also known as the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, as a safe harbor oversight program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the agency’s COPPA Rule.
The final defendant charged by the Federal Trade Commission in a business opportunity scheme that he falsely claimed would enable consumers to earn a significant income by affiliate marketing with websites of well-known companies such as Prada, Sony, Louis Vuitton, and Verizon has agreed to settle.
American Tax Relief bilked financially distressed consumers by falsely claiming it could reduce their tax debts.
Ensuring that consumers are protected in the growing mobile environment is a top priority at the FTC.
The Federal Trade Commission has charged seven defendants with illegally processing credit card payments on behalf of a massive Internet scam that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from consumers by repeatedly charging them for “trial” memberships they never ordered. Three of the defendants...
A new staff report issued by the Federal Trade Commission finds that many mobile apps for use in shopping do not provide consumers with important information – such as how the apps manage payment-related disputes or handle consumer data – prior to download.
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has imposed a $26.9 million judgment against the operator of a phony work-at home scheme who lied about his financial assets in an effort to hide them from the FTC when he agreed to settle with the agency in 2010.
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission provided an update on issues related to the placement of unauthorized charges on consumers’ mobile phone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming.
Note: A conference call for media with FTC Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich will occur as follows: Date: July 28, 2014 Time: 1:30 p.m. ETCall-in: 800-230-1951; confirmation number 333099 Call-in lines, which are for media only, will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the call. Jessica...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that American Plastic Lumber, Inc. (APL), a company that markets plastic lumber and related products, misled consumers about the environmental attributes of its products.
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a modified order with the marketers of the supersized, high-alcohol malt beverage Four Loko – Phusion Projects, LLC.
The Federal Trade Commission has completed its review of the Negative Option Rule and will keep the Rule in its current form. The “Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans” requires sellers to clearly disclose the terms of any such negative option plan for the...
The Quebec-based marketers of a supposed weight-loss treatment have agreed to pay  $500,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers with bogus claims that their Double Shot pills would cause rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss, without diet or exercise.