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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted a Tampa, Florida-based operation that promised to help consumers get payday loans. Instead of loans, the defendants used consumers’ personal financial information to debit their bank accounts in increments of $30...
A company that markets video cameras designed to allow consumers to monitor their homes remotely has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that its lax security practices exposed the private lives of hundreds of consumers to public viewing on the Internet.  This is the agency’s first action...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced updated fees starting on October 1, 2013, for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. 
Two car dealers from Maryland and Ohio have agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges that they falsely advertised the cost or available discounts for their vehicles. The settlements, part of the FTC’s continuing crackdown on deceptive motor vehicle dealer practices, prohibit the...
The Federal Trade Commission signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two Nigerian agenciestoday to increase cooperation and communication in their joint efforts to stamp out cross-border fraud.  Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye, provided opening...
The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against medical testing laboratory LabMD, Inc. alleging that the company failed to reasonably protect the security of consumers’ personal data, including medical information.  The complaint alleges that in two separate incidents, LabMD collectively...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 426 refund checks totaling more than $950,000 to consumers who were victimized by a scam that promoted video rental machines as a business opportunity. This mailing, combined with checks previously mailed by the FTC, will increase the total funds returned to...
"Disclose the cost upfront."  We tell businesses that all the time, so it’s important we follow our own advice.  In that spirit, fees for telemarketers accessing the National Do Not Call Registry are going up a smidge as of October 1, 2013.Under the law, telemarketers have to...
The Federal Trade Commission held a public workshop to explore consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of devices. The ability of everyday devices to communicate with each other and with people is becoming more prevalent and often is referred to as “The...
In the words of the old TV show, “Smile. You’re on Candid Camera.”  But according to an FTC lawsuit alleging lax security by a company selling internet cameras, for the hundreds of consumers whose private lives were watched online, there was nothing to smile about.
If there are strings attached to a particular deal, those material terms and conditions have to be clearly and conspicuously disclosed up front. That well-settled legal principle applies to online ads. It applies to car ads.  And so (QED) it applies to online car ads. That should...
If your clients are focused on data security — and they should be — here’s a development they’ll want to know about.  The FTC just filed an administrative complaint against Atlanta-based LabMD.  The company does lab work for people across the country when their local doctors send in...
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, will host a roundtable in Washington, D.C., on September 19, 2013, to discuss how to empower and protect consumers from scammers with the advent of healthcare marketplaces opening this fall under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Telemarketers behind an allegedly fraudulent investment scheme used to con nearly $5 million from elderly consumers have been banned from selling precious metals under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Global mobile marketer Jesta Digital, LLC, will provide refunds to a large number of consumers and pay an additional $1.2 million to the Federal Trade Commission as part of a settlement with the FTC, which alleged that Jesta crammed unwanted charges onto consumers’ cell phone bills.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed verifiable parental consent method that AssertID, Inc., has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
The Federal Trade Commission told a U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee that it has been aggressively fighting the problem of illegal commercial robocalls through vigorous enforcement of the requirements of the Do Not Call program and seeking to spur innovative technological solutions to block...
An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 509,175 checks to consumers who bought toning shoes from Skechers USA, Inc. that the company promoted through allegedly deceptive advertisements. The checks must be cashed on or before October 10, 2013.  The amount consumers will...
The Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline through August 8, 2013 for public comments regarding recently announced proposed changes to the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).  The proposed changes concern banning certain payment methods favored in fraudulent telemarketing...
The Federal Trade Commission has settled with a set of defendants associated with the A+ Financial Center scheme.  They were charged in last year’s joint law enforcement sweep against five companies that made millions of illegal pre-recorded robocalls claiming to be from “Rachel” and “Cardholder...

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