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Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reinstate a light-touch regulatory approach protecting Internet openness:
A federal court has granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a lien on the Florida home of Sam J. Goldman, the operator of an alleged precious metals scam that conned senior citizens.
A federal district court judge in San Francisco today signed a settlement negotiated by the Federal Trade Commission and private plaintiffs providing for consumer redress and starting the formal claims process for owners of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche 3.0 liter TDI diesel cars.
The Federal Trade Commission, along with federal, state and international law enforcement partners, today announced “Operation Tech Trap,” a nationwide and international crackdown on tech support scams that trick consumers into believing their computers are infected with viruses and malware, and...
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Office of the Attorney General will host a press conference in Tampa, Florida at noon on Friday, May 12 to announce a major consumer fraud enforcement initiative. Senior FTC and Florida Attorney General’s Office officials involved in the initiative...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 1,187 checks totaling more than $48,000 to people who lost money to CPU Service Inc., a company that sent fake invoices to more than 150,000 small businesses to trick them into paying for computer support and consulting they didn’t order.The company and its...
At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – ftc.gov/SmallBusiness – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and...
A company that marketed itself as “the leader in home opiate detox since 2009” and its CEO have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that the withdrawal treatment claims for their “Withdrawal Ease” and “Recovery Ease” products were false or unsupported by scientific evidence.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the final agenda for a conference that will examine the state of identity theft now and how it may evolve in the future. The event will take place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen will deliver keynote remarks at...
Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement of a process to reverse the FCC’s 2015 decision to treat broadband Internet access service as a Title II common carrier service:
An envelope-stuffing operation is banned from selling business and work-at-home opportunities under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has ordered Timothy L. Ford, the president of Commercial Recovery Systems Inc. (CRS), to pay a $2 million civil penalty for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by falsely threatening debtors.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final settlement with a Redwood City, California company over charges that it deceived consumers by tracking them online and through their mobile applications even after consumers took steps to opt out of such tracking.
The marketers of a weight-loss system advertised as using “breakthrough technology” and “personalized supplements” to help consumers permanently lose “20 to 40+ pounds in 40 days” without significantly cutting calories, have agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the claims were...
A petición de la Comisión Federal de Comercio, (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) una corte suspendió una operación con telemercaderes en Perú que presuntamente usaron tácticas engañosas y abusivas para venderles productos para aprender inglés a consumidores hispanohablantes de todo Estados Unidos. La...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted an operation whose telemarketers in Peru allegedly used deceptive and abusive tactics to sell products for learning English to Spanish-speaking consumers throughout the United States. The court froze the defendants’ assets...
The Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline until May 1 for the public to submit comments on topics that should be examined as part of a June 28, 2017 workshop on the consumer privacy and security issues posed by automated and connected motor vehicles.
After reviewing numerous Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes, and other influencers, Federal Trade Commission staff recently sent out more than 90 letters reminding influencers and marketers that influencers should clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationshi
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on proposed changes to TRUSTe’s safe harbor program under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
Following public comment periods in two separate cases, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders settling charges that iSpring Water Systems, LLC, a Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems, and Block Division, Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block...

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