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Lunada Biomedical, Inc. and its three principals have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively marketed Amberen, a dietary supplement, to women over 40 who are perimenopausal or menopausal, making a range of unsupported claims about its ability to help users lose weight and...
In response to a request by Puerto Rico Representative Jose L. Báez Rivera, the Federal Trade Commission staff and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have submitted a statement encouraging the Puerto Rico legislature to consider expanding the scope of practice for optometrists.
The Federal Trade Commission has added three new defendants to an ongoing case against a tech support scam. The scheme allegedly bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by pretending to represent Microsoft, Apple, and other major tech companies. The new defendants in the case,...
The developers and marketers of the LearningRx “brain training” programs have agreed to stop making a range of false and unsubstantiated claims and pay $200,000 under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Jessica Rich, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruling upholding a Federal Trade Commission summary decision against John Fanning, the creator of Jerk.com:
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Disclosure Rule and Pre-Sale Availability Rule to give effect to changes required by the 2015 E-Warranty Act, Pub. L. No. 114-51.
The Federal Trade Commission is adjusting three monetary exemption thresholds for inflation in its Franchise Rule. The thresholds are used to determine whether the sale of a franchise qualifies for an exemption from the Rule. The Rule requires franchisors to disclose key information prospective...
Federal Trade Commission staff has sent 38 letters to eyeglass prescribers warning them of potential violations of the agency’s Ophthalmic Practice Rules, known as the Eyeglass Rule, which ensures consumers the right to comparison shop for prescription eyeglasses.
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission outlined its work over the past 40 years to protect consumers’ privacy at a hearing convened to examine privacy rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission has created new guidance for businesses aimed at giving employment background screening companies information on how to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Vulcun alleging that the company unfairly replaced a popular web browser game with a program that installed applications on consumers’ mobile devices without their...
In order to gain a better understanding of security in the mobile ecosystem, the Federal Trade Commission has issued orders to eight mobile device manufacturers requiring them to provide the agency with information about how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones,...
A Texas-based debt collection agency will pay $72,000 in civil penalties and be required to adopt new procedures to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 1,630 checks totaling nearly $1.87 million to consumers who lost money to an illegal telemarketing operation, known as Expense Management America, that charged homeowners an up-front fee for debt and mortgage relief services it never provided. Since bringing...
A manufacturer of hand-held vaporizers has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about its participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.
A phone billing company will pay $5.2 million to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated a court order that settled earlier charges of phone bill cramming by the FTC.
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of dozens of companies with deceiving consumers by using fake newspaper subscription notices. The FTC seeks to stop the operation and obtain money for return to consumers.
Marketers of green coffee bean extract weight-loss supplements, male enhancement products, and skin care products will forfeit assets totaling approximately $9.2 million, and have already turned over a Ferrari to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s court action brought against them in October...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial today of POM Wonderful’s petition for a writ of certiorari. The Court declined to review the D.C. Circuit’s ruling upholding a Commission decision that found POM and its...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has found BlueHippo Funding LLC, BlueHippo Capital LLC and Joseph Rensin in contempt for operating a deceptive computer financing scheme in violation of a federal court order that the defendants agreed to in 2008. The court also entered...

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