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The three nationwide consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – today announced the Web address, toll-free telephone number, and postal address consumers can use to request a free annual credit report. Beginning December 1, 2004, consumers in 13 Western states will be able...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop, “Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology: Consumer Protection and Competition Issues,” to explore consumer protection and competition issues associated with the distribution and use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. The workshop will be held...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed regulation to improve notices of consumers’ right to opt out of prescreened solicitations for credit or insurance. Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted on or before October 28, 2004. At the close of the comment period...
The Federal Trade Commission is announcing the availability of the Staff Report on the Trade Regulation Rule titled “Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising and Business Opportunity Ventures – (Franchise Rule).” The Report sets forth the staff’s recommendations to the...
Law enforcers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia announced today that they will join forces and share resources to fight illegal spam. A Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.K. Office of Fair Trading, the U.K.
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 and Ireland’s Office of the Director of Consumer Affairs (ODCA) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate enhanced law enforcement cooperation in the consumer protection area between the two agencies.
In response to a request from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and hearings by House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank R. Wolf, the Federal Trade Commission today issued a Report on Alcohol Marketing and Advertising.
The Commission has received an application from Liberty Media Corporation (Liberty) requesting that the FTC reopen and set aside the final order in the matter of Time Warner, Inc., et al. (Docket No. C-3709), as it applies to Liberty and to dismiss Liberty as a respondent. According to the...
The FTC unveiled a new tool today to assist victims of identity theft restore their good names. The ID Theft Affidavit provides a model form that can be used to report information to many companies, simplifying the process of alerting companies where a new account was opened in the victim's name....
The Federal Trade Commission today released a follow-up report to its September 2000 Report, Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children: A Review of Self-Regulation and Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries. The Report responds to a request...
We are pleased that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has released its new monograph, Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Tar Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. We understand that this monograph represents the first step in the Department of Health and Human Services' (...
The Federal Trade Commission and the United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry and United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading announced today that representatives of the three organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate enhanced law enforcement cooperation in the...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced today that representatives of both commissions have signed two agreements to facilitate enhanced law enforcement cooperation in the consumer protection area between the United States and...
The Federal Trade Commission today issued a staff working paper examining how its own consumer protection rules and guides -- many of which were developed long before "dot com" became a household phrase -- apply to advertising and sales on the Internet.
Six Philadelphia automobile dealerships and their individual owners have signed agreements with the Federal Trade Commission to end alleged practices of omitting or burying in fine print key cost information in their vehicle lease and credit ads. The settlement agreements, signed by Dunphy Nissan...
Two St. Louis car dealerships will pay a $40,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of a Federal Trade Commission order related to the Consumer Leasing Act ("CLA") and the Truth In Lending Act ("TILA"). The penalty is the first ever collected by the FTC for such an order violation by a vehicle...
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Although the alcohol industry generally complies with existing self-regulatory standards intended to prevent alcohol advertising that appeals to underage consumers, industry self-regulatory efforts should be improved, a report by the Federal Trade Commission released today states.

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