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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court temporarily halted a New York-based office supply scheme that charged small businesses and non-profit organizations millions of dollars for “free” samples of cleaning and other products. The agency seeks to end the defendants’ illegal...
An office supplier and its owner will pay $7 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they tricked child care centers, schools, and police and fire departments into paying for products they never ordered.
The Federal Trade Commission has obtained court orders against two Maryland-based office supply operations charged with tricking small businesses, non-profit organizations, and other consumers into paying for overpriced office and cleaning supplies they never ordered. The orders ban the companies...
Adli Dasuqi and his companies, American Handicapped Inc. and American Handicapped and Disadvantaged Workers Inc., have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they tricked consumers into buying household products on the false pretext that the proceeds would go to help disabled people...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged two separate office supply operations with targeting non-profit organizations and small businesses, such as child care centers, educational institutions, churches, and hospitals, and tricking them into paying for overpriced office and cleaning supplies they...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an operation that the FTC alleges bilked millions of dollars from nonprofit organizations and small businesses through an office supply scam. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the illegal...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an operation that bilked nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities out of millions of dollars by deceptively sending them overpriced light bulbs and cleaning supplies that they never ordered...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court has temporarily shut down a Brooklyn, New York-based operation that the allegedly used deception, threats, and intimidation to induce elderly consumers to pay for medical alert systems they neither ordered nor wanted.
National Collector’s Mint Inc., which sold 9/11-related coins and collectibles, including an “exclusively authorized” commemorative honoring the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers,...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal district court has entered orders settling charges against three telemarketers who allegedly duped consumers, most of whom were elderly, into buying grossly overpriced household products such as garbage bags and light bulbs. The FTC’s...
Defendants who allegedly offered “free” software CDs that weren’t free, and billed unsuspecting consumers for a software continuity program they didn’t know they were enrolled in, have agreed to settle FTC charges that their practices violated federal law. The settlement bars the illegal practices...
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...
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...
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...

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