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The Federal Trade Commission has updated the start times for its upcoming Fall Technology Series events. All three seminars will now begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The series of half-day seminars this fall will examine three new and evolving technologies that are raising critical consumer...
We’ve all seen seething consumers – or been seething consumers – who learned that a prominently advertised offer didn’t reflect what they would actually have to pay. Playing fast and loose with price is a sure-fire way to put shoppers’ wallets in lock-down mode. That’s why savvy...
A purported nonprofit that allegedly benefitted from a massive landline phone bill cramming operation has agreed to turn over most of its assets in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. Under the terms of the settlement, relief defendant Bibliologic, Ltd., will be required to surrender...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a forum on June 9 exploring the growing world of marketplace lending and its implications for consumers. This forum is the first in a series of FTC events looking at consumer protection across different areas of emerging financial technology.
“Slash your risk of cancer” – by using a tanning bed? That claim caught our attention, too. A settlement with Dr. Joseph Mercola and two Illinois-based companies includes $5.3 million in refunds for people who bought Mercola’s indoor tanning systems. The case also offers a reminder...
The Illinois-based marketers of Mercola-brand indoor tanning systems will pay refunds to consumers and will be permanently banned from marketing or selling indoor tanning systems, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Bajo los términos de un acuerdo resolutorio con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), los comercializadores de los sistemas de bronceado artificial marca Mercola con sede en Illinois pagarán reembolsos a los consumidores y quedarán sujetos a una prohibición de carácter...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Hobby Protection Rules. In 2014, as part of its systematic review of all FTC rules and guides, the FTC sought public comment on the Hobby Protection Rules (formally, the “Rules and Regulations Under the Hobby...
If companies market their products as “all natural” or “100% natural,” consumers have a right to take them at their word. That’s the message of four proposed FTC settlements and one just-issued administrative complaint challenging the allegedly deceptive use of those phrases in ads...
Cuatro compañías que comercializan en internet para el cuidado de la piel, champús y protectores solares han aceptado resolver los cargos presentados por la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) por declarar falsamente que dichos productos son “totalmente naturales” o “100%...
Four companies that market skin care products, shampoos, and sunscreens online have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely claimed that their products are “all natural” or “100% natural,” despite the fact that they contain synthetic ingredients. The Commission has...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day conference in Chicago on June 15, 2016, on how companies can secure their products, services, and networks. The event will focus on guidance for startups and other small and medium-sized businesses about how to make security considerations a part of...
Today, we’re turning the table on some healthcare professionals. Don’t worry. We’re not asking an anesthesiologist to count back from ten, or even telling an ENT to say “ah.” We’re offering an eye exam for eye doctors:
El personal de la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) ha enviado 45 cartas a profesionales que prescriben lentes de contacto y a 10 vendedores de lentes de contacto advirtiéndoles la posi
Federal Trade Commission staff has sent 45 letters to contact lens prescribers and 10 to contact lens sellers warning them of potential violations of the agency’s
What do you call an agency that in one year can report consumer protection accomplishments as varied as:
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 474 checks totaling more than $33,000 to consumers who lost money to a scheme that charged homeowners an up-front fee for mortgage relief services they promised but never provided. In September 2015, a federal court banned Wealth Educators and Veronica Sesma...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 1,701 checks totaling more than $596,000 to consumers who lost money to a fraudulent debt collection scheme that processed payments for payday loan debts they did not owe. In September 2015, a federal court banned Kirit Patel, Broadway Global Master Inc. and...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez released the FTC’s 2015 Annual Highlights today, featuring some of the agency’s key efforts to benefit consumers and promote competition over the past calendar year.
If you’re in the process of developing a health-related mobile app, what tools are essential to your success? The answer, according to some entrepreneurs, is innovative code, a great marketing plan, and the number of a take-out that delivers until 2AM. But have you given much thought...

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