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Press Release: Undercover Funeral Home Inspections in Nine States Yield Mixed Results; FTC Reminds Providers They Must Give Price Lists to Consumers
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that in 2007, law enforcement sweeps of 174 funeral homes in nine states found significant violations of the FTC’s Funeral Rule at 26 funeral homes and minor compliance deficiencies at 66 others. “Consumers making funeral arrangements are entitled to...
Press Release: FTC Announces Publication of Second Federal Register Notice and Comment Period on Survey of Information Sharing Practices with Affiliates
Section 214(e) of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act requires the Federal Trade Commission, the federal banking agencies, and the National Credit Union Administration to “jointly conduct regular studies of the consumer information sharing practices by financial institutions and other...
Public Event: Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft
December 10, 2007
The FTC hosted a public workshop, "Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft," to explore the uses of Social Security numbers in the private sector and the role of SSNs in identity theft. This workshop continues the work of the President's Identity Theft Task Force, and, in particular, its...
Closing Letter: Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust
December 6, 2007
Closing Letter: The Brainy Baby Company, LLC
December 5, 2007
Closing Letter: The Baby Einstein Company, LLC
December 5, 2007
Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-10
Discusses the circumstances under which the Rule requires funeral providers to list "direct cremation" on their price lists, including whether the disclosure must be made if the provider offers only cremation packages, not direct cremation as defined by the Rule.
Closing Letter: Cadbury Adams/Halls ProHealth Defense Dietary Supplement
November 21, 2007
Closing Letter: LensesByMail
November 13, 2007
November 1, 2007
The FTC hosted a Town Hall that brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, technology experts, and academics to address consumer protection issues raised by the practice of tracking consumers' activities online to target advertising - or "behavioral advertising." The Town Hall...
Public Event: Collecting Consumer Debts: The Challenges of Change
October 10, 2007
The FTC hosted a workshop to explore changes in the debt collection industry and examine their impact on consumers and businesses. The event brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, state and federal regulators, and others with relevant expertise to provide information on a...
Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-2
Addresses whether affiliates must disclose audited financial statements under Item 21.
Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-9
Discusses the use of computerized displays of casket prices to comply with the Funeral Rule's casket price list requirement.
Closing Letter: King Roach Enterprises, Inc.
September 5, 2007
Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-6
Discusses whether the Rule requires that the Statement of Funeral Goods and Services include an itemization of the goods and services provided in direct cremations, immediate burials, forwarding of remains and receiving remains.
Public Statement: Monsanto Company Complaint On rBST-Related Claims
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Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-8
Clarifies that the Rule's prohibition of casket storage fees discussed in Opinion 07-4 applies only to "at need" arrangements, and not to "pre-need" arrangements.
Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-7
Discusses the circumstances under which the Rule requires that embalming performed by another funeral home or a third party provider be listed on the Statement of Funeral Goods and Services as a cash advance item.
Closing Letter: Sprint Nextel Corporation.
August 8, 2007
Case: Fairbanks Capital Corp.
Closing Letter: Resolution Directing Use of Compulsory Process to Collect Information for Use in Preparing a Report to Congress Regarding the Marketing of Food and Beverages to Children and Adolescents
July 31, 2007
Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-5
Discusses whether the Funeral Rule requires a funeral provider to make its facilities available for a memorial service to families who do not make any other funeral arrangements with the provider.
July 18, 2007
The FTC and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly sponsored a forum planned as a follow-up to the agencies' 2005 workshop on the same topic. The forum allowed members of the food and media industries and self-regulatory groups to report on their progress in implementing initiatives...
Advisory Opinion: Opinion 07-4
Discusses whether funeral providers may charge fees for storing third-party caskets or for disposing of the containers in which they are shipped; and whether funeral providers may use two separate Statements of Funeral Goods and Services -- one for its own charges and one for third-party cash...
July 11, 2007
The FTC hosted a summit that brought together experts from the business, government, and technology sectors, consumer advocates, and academics to explore consumer protection issues surrounding spam, phishing, and malware.
Closing Letter: Premiere Radio Networks, Inc.
July 9, 2007
Report: Credit-Based Insurance Scores: Impacts on Consumers of Automobile Insurance: A Report to Congress By the Federal Trade Commission
This study examines the effect of credit-based insurance scores on the price and availability of automobile insurance and the impact of such scores on racial and ethnic minority groups and on low-income groups. Using a large database of insurance policies, the study shows that scores are effective...
Closing Letter: Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
June 5, 2007
Closing Letter: Insight Pharmaceuticals Corporation/Sucrets Defense
June 1, 2007
Closing Letter: Prestige Brands, Inc./Chloraseptic Defense Daily Health Strips
June 1, 2007
Report: Improving Consumer Mortgage Disclosures: An Empirical Assessment of Current and Prototype Disclosure Forms: A Bureau of Economics Staff Report
This study presents the results of 36 in-depth interviews with recent mortgage customers, and quantitative consumer testing with over 800 mortgage customers, that examined how consumers search for mortgages, how well consumers understand current mortgage cost disclosures and the terms of their own...
Closing Letter: Bebo, Inc.
May 29, 2007
Closing Letter: Paws, Inc.
May 29, 2007