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Approval of Omnibus Compulsory Process Resolution:  
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.
This report responds to a recent request from the Congressional Committees on Appropriations that the FTC examine the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's voluntary guidelines for advertising and marketing to underage audiences. The report provides company-specific information,...
Two Fort Wayne-based telemarketers charged by the Federal Trade Commission with deceptively convincing small businesses they owe money for unordered advertisements in publications purported to be affiliated with "civic" or "charitable" organizations have agreed to settle the allegations. The...
How to respond when the voice on the other end of the telephone claims to be raising money for police, fire fighters, children, veteran or other deserving causes is a quandary many consumers find themselves in every day. While most of the over $140 billion Americans give annually to charities...
GeoCities, one of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented the purposes for which it was collecting personal identifying information from children and adults. This is the first FTC case involving Internet privacy....
Consumer complaints about crammers -- companies that use deceptive and unfair tactics to cram charges on consumers' phone bills --- are rising rapidly, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In the past 10 months, 6,000 consumers from across the country have contacted the agency to complain...
Consent agreements given final approval: Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final consent agreements with the following entities: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; Volkswagen of America, Inc. (including its Audi of America division); Lou Fusz Automotive Network, Inc.;...
Ashland, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that ads for the Valvoline Company's Teflon-containing TM8 Engine Treatment product were false and unsubstantiated. Valvoline is an unincorporated division of Ashland. The terms of the settlement will bar Ashland from making...
Two major automobile manufacturers and five St. Louis, Missouri-area dealerships have signed agreements with the Federal Trade Commission to end alleged practices of omitting or burying key cost information in small and at times unreadable print in their lease advertisements. The settlement...
Marketers of some of the most popular exercise equipment on the market today have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they made exaggerated weight-loss claims in their infomercials or other product advertising. According to the FTC, touting the purported weight-loss benefits...
The Federal Trade Commission will provide a press availability on Tuesday, April 1st, the effective date for a new federal law, which provides consumers with better protection from fraudulent credit repair organizations. The agency also will announce the results of its "surfing" the Internet for...
The Federal Trade Commission is conducting a review of its 900-Number Rule to determine whether it has been effective in curbing abuses associated with 900-number services.
Three telemarketing operations that were sued in a Federal Trade Commission sweep of scams that bilked small businesses have agreed to settle charges that their business practices were deceptive and violated federal laws. The companies were part of "Operation CopyCat," a July initiative by the FTC...
Dozens of apparent con artists who targeted small businesses and not-for-profits ranging from churches to charities have been closed down in “Operation CopyCat,” a federal, state and local government crackdown on allegedly bogus office and cleaning supply telemarketing sales schemes that was...
The Federal Trade Commission will hold a public workshop on December 7 and 8 to discuss "green" advertising and labeling, and how well its guides on environmental claims have been working. Environmental claims on supermarket products have increased by more than 14 percent since the guides were...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced a settlement with The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc. that will keep supermarket prices low for consumers in the Boston metropolitan area, Cape Cod, the South Shore area, Bedford and Brockton. The FTC had alleged that the merger of Stop & Shop and...
Federal Trade Commission staff members will brief the Commissioners on the status of the proposed Telemarketing Sales Rule at a meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in room 432 of the FTC headquarters building, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the...
A new policy hammered out by the National Foundation for Consumer Credit (NFCC) with guidance from staff of the Federal Trade Commission will ensure that financially-troubled consumers who seek help from one of NFCC’s 1,100 Consumer Credit Counseling Services offices nationwide will be told that...

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