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Bajo los términos de un acuerdo con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), los 50 estados y el Distrito de Columbia, dos falsas entidades de caridad de lucha contra el cáncer que operaban en todo el país serán disueltas y a su presidente se le prohibirá obtener beneficios...
The Federal Trade Commission’s next PrivacyCon will take place on January 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  The agency’s second PrivacyCon will seek to continue and expand collaboration among leading whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and the...
A complaint filed by the FTC and the Illinois Attorney General against an operation that used names like Stark Law, Stark Recovery, and Capital Harris Miller & Associates alleges a veritable smorgasbord of debt collection violations. But the Stark Law lawsuit includes an...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General, a federal court has temporarily halted a Chicago-area operation that allegedly threatened and intimidated consumers to collect phantom payday loan “debts” they did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants. The...
Two nationwide organizations purporting to be cancer charities will be dissolved, and their president is banned from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Cancer Fund of America Inc. (...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged that Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. deceived consumers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly “clean diesel” VWs and Audis, which Volkswagen fitted with illegal emission defeat devices designed to mask high emissions during...
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Oracle alleging that the company deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java Platform Standard Edition software.
Volkswagen Group of America spent multi-millions positioning its “clean diesel” technology as an environmentally conscious choice for car buyers – and sales of more than 550,000 so-called clean diesel vehicles suggest it was a persuasive pitch. But as a just-filed FTC lawsuit alleges...
We get this question a lot: “Is it OK to use text messages or social media to collect debts?” Do you want the short answer or the more detailed one? The short answer is that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act doesn’t prohibit collectors from using texts or social media. But – and...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal to conduct a survey to determine the prevalence of consumer fraud in the United States during 2016.
Whether it’s mowing that extra patch of grass or alerting each other to an iffy-looking lurker, there’s a sense of security when next-door neighbors enjoy a cooperative relationship. The same holds true for international neighbors, as a new Memorandum of Understanding between the FTC...
At the signing of the MOU with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), FTC Chairwoman Ramirez said, “As we see more cross-border fraud, we must often rely on our enforcement partners around the world to help protect U.S. consumers. This agreement will enhance...
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission outlined its work to protect consumers in the growing area of health information technology.
The number of cigarettes sold by the largest cigarette companies in the United States to wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. declined from 267.7 billion in 2012 to 256.7 billion in 2013, according to the most recent Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report.
We’ve learned that portfolios of alleged payday loan debts serviced by AMG Services are circulating in the debt collection marketplace. The alleged lenders are USFastCash, 500FastCash, OneClickCash, Ameriloan, United Cash Loans, AdvantageCashServices, and StarCashProcessing. But...
Starting today, the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 2,172 partial refund checks totaling nearly $210,000 to consumers who bought Nano-UV “disinfectant” devices from a company called Zadro Health Solutions, Inc. These are legitimate refund checks that must be cashed within 60 days of the date...
There could be exceptions to the rule – maybe an unexpected bonus or an out-of-the-blue call from a friend – but as a general proposition, people don’t like surprises. As letters the FTC staff just sent to mobile app developers suggest, people really don’t like surprises about the...
An Orlando-based telemarketing company and its owner have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made millions of illegal robocalls and calls to numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry to pitch vacation packages.

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