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Under two court orders entered by a federal district court, two groups of vacation and timeshare companies will pay a total of almost $1.2 million for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call (DNC) Rule. The cases were filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FTC. According...
The Federal Trade Commission obtained a $250,000 settlement against a participant in a vending machine scheme, concluding its case against the defendants in this operation, all of whom were charged in 2002 as part of the Project Busted Opportunity law enforcement sweep. Project Busted Opportunity...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that the agency returned almost $28 million to consumers this week as a result of a settlement with The Bear Stearns Companies, LLC and EMC Mortgage Corporation. Using the defendants’ records, about 86,000 consumers who had mortgage loans serviced by...
The Federal Trade Commission staff will host a workshop on March 12, 2009 to gather input for its advertising literacy initiative, which will educate and empower tweens to be better informed consumers of information. This initiative seeks to raise awareness among tweens, or preadolescents, about...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged a mortgage broker with discarding consumers’ tax returns, credit reports, and other sensitive personal and financial information in an unsecured dumpster, in violation of federal law.
A federal district court has ordered the marketers of three dietary supplements to pay more than $15 million for deceiving consumers about the products’ safety and effectiveness. The court imposed the final monetary judgment and permanent prohibitions against the marketers in December 2008, after...
A federal judge has ordered infomercial marketer Kevin Trudeau to pay more than $37 million for violating a 2004 stipulated order by misrepresenting the content of his book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”
Marketers who made false and deceptive claims that a device would cause consumers to lose weight by applying electronic stimulation to their abdominal muscles have agreed to pay $7 million to settle an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission to obtain consumer redress. Consumers purchased...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda for an upcoming two-day international conference titled “Securing Personal Data in the Global Economy.” The conference, which the FTC will host in conjunction with two international organizations, takes place March 16 and 17, 2009 and addresses...
Fourteen defendants involved in the massive telemarketing scheme operated by Largo, Florida-based Suntasia Marketing, Inc. have agreed to pay a total of more than $16 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. The funds obtained under the four settlements announced today are in addition...
Wachovia Bank, N.A., has mailed out over $150 million in restitution checks to more than 740,000 consumers who were victims of telemarketing fraud.
Federal Trade Commission Chairman William E. Kovacic announced today that Lydia B. Parnes, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, will leave the agency after 27 years to enter private law practice, and that Eileen Harrington, currently BCP Deputy Director, will serve as Acting Director.
The Federal Trade Commission today announced a complaint against an Indiana-based firm and its president for failing to pay rebates due to thousands of consumers nationwide within the time promised, and leaving many others with no rebate checks at all for the computer equipment and other...
Three mortgage loan advertisers that allegedly deceptively touted low monthly payments and low rates without fully disclosing loan terms have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their ads violated federal law.
A mortgage foreclosure rescue service that claimed that, for a $1,200 fee, they would stop foreclosure and save consumers’ homes, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal law. Many consumers who paid the company ultimately lost their homes to foreclosure, and...
The Federal Trade Commission today approved a notice adopting interim final rules amending Parts 3 and 4 of the agency’s Rules of Practice, and requesting public comments within 30 days of the date they are published in the Federal Register.
The FTC has approved the filing of a comment with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) concerning the PA PUC’s implementation plan for its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program. The comment also replies to the November 18, 2008, presentation made by the Retail Energy Supply...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law will host a conference on the use of digital rights management technologies, a widespread practice that is expected to become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. marketplace in...
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...

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