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The Federal Trade Commission has approved final changes to its Wool Products Labeling Rules (Wool Rules) that clarify and update the Rules, provide more flexibility to industry, and align several provisions with recent amendments to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act Rules (Textile Rules...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged personal care company Lornamead, Inc. with deceiving consumers with exaggerated claims that its “Lice Shield” shampoo, stick, and spray products  will prevent or reduce the risk of getting head lice. Under an agreed-upon settlement, Lornamead will pay $500,...
FTC Hosts Twitter Chat, Wednesday, May 28, 2:00-3:00 EDT FTC staff hosted a Twitter chat to discuss the new data broker report. Follow @FTC, and use the hashtag: #BigData. See FTC Twitter chats to learn more.
Type “big data” into a search engine and you’ll get more than 300 million results.  Consider the amount of personal information actually in the hands of data brokers and add a string of zeroes to that.  There are lots of valid purposes for using that data – verifying identity and...
In a report on the data broker industry, the FTC finds that data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency.
So a company is going great guns and collects massive amounts of personal information from consumers with the express promise it won’t share it with third parties.  Stuff happens and the company finds itself in Bankruptcy Court.  If you followed the FTC action in Toysmart or read the...
The Federal Trade Commission has authorized staff of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection to send a letter to the court overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of education technology company ConnectEdu raising concerns about the proposed sale of the company’s assets, which include student...
As news about the eBay hack hits the media, you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself from fraud.  If your small business has a presence on eBay – or even if you’re just an occasional buyer or seller – consider taking these six steps.
The Federal Trade Commission testified on consumer protection issues involving patent demand letters, patent assertion entities (PAEs), and proposed legislation to prohibit deceptive patent demand letters.
We like solving puzzles – from crosswords and anagrams to that byzantine conspiracy wall constructed by Claire Danes' character on "Homeland."  So it doesn't faze FTC staff when companies use complicated corporate structures to hide what they're up to.  Those skills came in handy in...
A Southern California debt collection operation, Asset Capital and Management Group, will surrender more than $4 million for consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it extorted payments from consumers using false threats.The defendants behind the scheme will turn over their...
Consumers attempting to save their homes from foreclosure will receive refunds from Prime Legal Plans and other defendants of a mortgage relief scam and other debt relief services. Nearly $3 million dollars will be mailed to 6,338 victims on May 28, 2014. Refunds will be based on a percentage of...
We try to keep a sense of humor about lawyer jokes, but given the harm to consumers, it's no laughing matter when debt collectors mimic attorneys.  The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the FTC Act establish that it's illegal for debt collectors to falsely claim to be attorneys...

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