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A sweepstakes operation that enticed consumers to send money in order to win cash prizes has agreed to pay almost $1.4 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal laws. Funds collected by the FTC will be used to provide refunds to consumers.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a United States Magistrate Judge has temporarily halted the marketing practices of an operation that deceptively advertised “free software CDs” but billed consumers’ credit cards for them without the consumers’ authorization. The agency asked the...
A payment processor violated federal law when it debited, or tried to debit, more than $9.9 million from consumers’ bank accounts – at $139 each – without their approval, according to the Federal Trade Commission.According to a complaint the FTC filed in federal court, Nevada-based InterBill Ltd....
The Federal Trade Commission has sent letters to 166 advertisers and 77 media outlets warning them that their advertisements targeting Hispanics are potentially deceptive. The ads were spotted during a one-day surf of Spanish-language newspaper, magazine, Internet, radio, and television...
New York-based Scholastic Inc. (Scholastic) and two of its subsidiaries, Scholastic-at-Home (SAH) and Grolier Incorporated (Grolier), have agreed to settle allegations that they violated laws enforced by the FTC in marketing their negative option book clubs.
Under the terms of a stipulated court order announced today, the sellers of ‘Girls Gone Wild’ DVDs and videos will pay nearly $1.1 million as combined consumer redress and a civil penalty and will be barred from a wide range of activities detailed in a complaint the U.S. Department of Justice filed...
A set of defendants based in Calgary, Canada, has been permanently barred from selling business directories and listings to U.S. residents, thus resolving a federal district court complaint the Federal Trade Commission filed in 2003. The FTC alleged that the defendants deceived consumers and...
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday filed a complaint against California-based Mantra Films, Inc. (Mantra), and its sole officer and director Joseph R. Francis, the marketers and sellers of “Girls Gone Wild” videos and DVDs. The complaint seeks...
(Corrected to provide Amended Complaint)Three companies and three individuals marketing fake international driver’s permits (IDPs), college and university diplomas, academic transcripts, and related materials have settled charges that they engaged in deceptive behavior. The proposed settlement...
The FTC has charged a purported Web cramming operation with billing small business consumers for “free” Internet services, without full disclosure of the negative option features and without consumers’ authorization, and even when some consumers said that they were not interested in the offer. The...
Two marketers of false international driver’s permits (IDPs) and one financial processor for IDP marketers have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated federal laws by deceptively claiming that their documents could take the place of a government-issued driver’s license or other...
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice today filed a complaint and consent decree against Alabama-based Oxmoor House and its parent Southern Progress Corporation, a magazine corporation also based in Alabama. As part of the proposed consent decree, the companies have...
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has reached a settlement with Micro Star Software, Inc., a Carlsbad, California, software marketing company, and its president, Stephen Benedict, resolving allegations that they misled consumers by misrepresenting a 30-day trial offer for...
In a case first filed in January 2020, the FTC alleged that Success By Health and its executives James “Jay” Dwight Noland, Jr., Lina Noland, Scott A. Harris, and Thomas G. Sacca were operating an “instant coffee” pyramid scheme that used false promises of wealth and income to entice...
Pacific Office Systems, Inc., based in Canoga Park, California, and its owner, Suzette Oppenheim, have agreed to settle federal charges that they engaged in deceptive sales practices in connection with the sale of non-durable office supplies. Named as defendants in "Operation CopyCon," the Federal...
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice ("DOJ") today filed a civil penalty complaint and proposed consent decree against Creative Publishing International ("CPI"), a Minnesota publisher of "how-to" books. As part of the proposed consent decree, CPI has agreed to pay $...
Corporate Supplies, Inc., based in Cummings, Georgia, and its principals, Larry Sarchenko and Robert Henkel, have agreed to pay $20,000 in consumer redress as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Named as defendants in "Operation CopyCon," the FTC alleged that the defendants...
Two Illinois-based companies named in a 1999 lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice at the request of the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to settle charges that they engaged in a bogus office and maintenance supply scam.

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