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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...
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.
Laser Express of Tennessee, Limited., Inc., based in Nashville, and its owner, Jeff Richfield, have agreed to pay $374,000 in consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they engaged in the deceptive sale of office supplies. Named as defendants in "Operation Misprint," the FTC...
Defendants in two separate cases filed in federal district court as part of "Operation Misprint" have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. In both cases, the FTC alleged that the defendants shipped and billed consumers for unordered office supplies. In separate settlements, David...
Quality Maintenance Supplies, Inc., based in Chicago, and its principal, Joanne M. Drobut, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they shipped and billed consumers for unordered maintenance supplies. The case was filed in federal district court as part of "Operation Misprint,"...
One of the largest office supply operations in Southern California charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement requires Ultra...
A suburban Chicago-area telemarketing company charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission and State of Illinois charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement bars National...
Office supply fraud is one of the most significant business-to-business telemarketing frauds according to the Federal Trade Commission. Industry estimates that telemarketing fraud is costing the legitimate toner industry $100 million in retail sales. "Operation Misprint," a multi-agency effort, is...
A suburban Chicago-area telemarketing company charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle FTC charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement bars Southern Maintenance Supplies, Inc., and its owner Don...
Federal and state law enforcers are targeting bogus business operators who bilk charities, not-for-profit organizations and small businesses out of millions of dollars a year. The FTC and the Attorneys General of Illinois and Indiana, with the cooperation and assistance of the U.S. Postal...

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