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FTC Returns Almost $1.9 Million to Consumers in BurnLounge Pyramid Scheme

The FTC is mailing 52,099 checks to consumers who lost money to a pyramid scheme that pretended to be a legitimate multi-level marketing program selling opportunities to operate online digital music stores.

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FTC Kicks Off “Start With Security” Business Education Initiative

The Federal Trade Commission is expanding its efforts to help businesses protect consumers’ information through a new initiative that will provide them with more information on data security. Called “Start With Security,” the initiative includes new guidance for businesses that draws on the lessons...
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FTC Returns Almost $4 Million to Consumers in Debt Collection Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing almost 95,000 checks totaling approximately $4 million to consumers who lost money to a debt collection operation that extorted payments from them using false threats. In May 2014, the FTC settled charges against Asset Capital and Management Group , which,...
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Statement of FTC Bureau of Competition Director Debbie Feinstein on Sysco and U.S. Foods’ Abandonment of Their Proposed Merger

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition Director Debbie Feinstein issued this statement following the announcement from Sysco and U.S. Foods that they will abandon their proposed merger : “Sysco and U.S. Foods’ decision to abandon the transaction is a victory for both competition and...
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Two Las Vegas Auto Dealers Settle FTC Charges They Deceptively Advertised the Cost of Their Cars

Two auto dealers in Las Vegas agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges they used deceptive ads to promote the sale or leasing of their vehicles, including advertising heavily discounted prices that were not generally available to consumers. According to the complaints, TC Dealership, L.P...

Coming Events

Sep 9

Start with Security - San Francisco

The FTC's first “Start With Security” conference is scheduled for September 9, 2015, in San Francisco, and is co-sponsored by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It is part of a business education initiative designed to provide companies with practical resources...
Sep 21
District Of Columbia

Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a workshop on September 21, 2015 to evaluate advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. The workshop will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including medical professionals, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and...
Nov 5

Start with Security - Austin

The FTC’s second “Start With Security” event will take place on November 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas, and will be co-sponsored by the University of Texas Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  This one-day conference will continue the FTC’s work to provide...

Past Events

Jun 15
New York

Debt Collection Dialogue: A conversation between government and business

The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York State Attorney General will host a “Debt Collection Dialogue” in Buffalo, NY, on June 15, 2015. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will deliver...
Jun 11

Twitter Chat

The @FTC will host a Twitter Chat with staff attorneys from the Forking Path Co. case at 2:00 p.m. ET. Follow the conversation and submit questions using #AskFTC. Staff will be online for 60 minutes.
Jun 9
District Of Columbia

The “Sharing” Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators

The Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop examined competition, consumer protection, and economic issues...