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American Tax Relief bilked financially distressed consumers by falsely claiming it could reduce their tax debts.
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 is currently accepting public comments on an application by Service Corporation International (SCI) to sell certain funeral and cemetery assets, as required under the FTC’s December 2013 proposed order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart would be...
As part of its ongoing crackdown on misleading endorsements in advertising, the Federal Trade Commission has charged the home security company ADT LLC with misrepresenting that paid endorsements from safety and technology experts were  independent reviews.
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has settled charges brought against a group of real estate brokers in southeastern Michigan for violating the antitrust laws by adopting and enforcing rules and policies that block certain property listings from the MiRealSource Multiple Listing...
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $2.9 billion acquisition of Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) would likely substantially lessen competition by combining the firms’ title plant assets in several local markets in Oregon.
Service Corporation International (SCI), the nation’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, has agreed to sell 53 funeral homes and 38 cemeteries to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (Stewart) is likely to...
Two professional associations, of music teachers and legal support services providers respectively, have agreed to eliminate provisions in their codes of ethics that limited competition among their members, according to the FTC. These settlements are the latest in a long line of antitrust cases...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal judge has temporarily halted, and frozen the assets of, a Montreal operation that bilked more than $14 million from small businesses and churches in the United States for unwanted listings in online business directories.  The FTC seeks to...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has upheld a district court judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission and four state attorneys general against a woman who assisted and facilitated a scheme that deceived consumers by falsely promising them a “guaranteed” $25,000 grant from...
The architect of an operation that allegedly distributed illegal robocalls offering credit card interest rate reduction programs, extended automobile warranties, and home security systems, is banned from telemarketing under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Under an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, the defendants in a scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $100 million by falsely claiming they could reduce their tax debts must surrender more than $15 million in cash and assets to settle charges that they violated federal...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal judge has temporarily halted a European-based operation that has allegedly bilked small businesses and nonprofit organizations, including churches, out of millions of dollars by deceiving them into ordering and then paying for unwanted listings...
To settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its 2008 acquisition of three LandAmerica Financial, Inc. subsidiaries was anticompetitive, Fidelity National Financial, Inc. will sell several title plants and related assets in the Portland, Oregon, and Detroit, Michigan, metropolitan areas, and in...
Commission issuance of information requests: The Commission has issued information requests to generic and authorized generic drug manufacturers and marketers as part of its ongoing study of the short- and long-term effects of authorized generics on pharmaceutical drug competition. The current set...
Commission approval of reports to Congress: The Commission has authorized the staff to release publicly the 29th Annual Report to Congress on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). This report, which is available now on the FTC’s Web site, summarizes the Commission’s administration and...
The Federal Trade Commission today charged two real estate groups operating multiple listing services in the Detroit, Michigan, area with illegally restraining competition by limiting consumers’ ability to obtain low-cost real estate brokerage services. The Commission also announced consent...
The FTC has charged a purported Web cramming operation with billing small business consumers for “free” Internet services, without full disclosure of the negative option features and without consumers’ authorization, and even when some consumers said that they were not interested in the offer. The...
The Federal Trade Commission has negotiated an agreement containing a proposed consent order designed to remedy the anticompetitive effects arising from Fidelity National Financial, Inc.'s ("FNF") acquisition of the common stock of Chicago Title Corporation ("CT"). The FTC has alleged that the...

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