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Please don’t tell the other entries in the Code of Federal Regulations – we wouldn’t want to stir up jealousies – but Business Blog readers have probably detected our fondness for 16 C.F.R. § 304.
Remember the scene in the movie “Bull Durham” where veteran Crash Davis is prepping rookie Nuke LaLoosh for a TV interview and schools him on clichés about teamwork? “I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help.” They don’t just apply to baseball. Most enterprises rely on help from...
Shopping for an appliance or used car? The FTC has tips for consumers. What about when entrepreneurs are in the market for a franchise? We’ve got you covered there, too, with a recently updated publication, A Consumer’s Guide to Buying a Franchise.
Marketers of Vemma juice drinks went to college campuses and elsewhere to recruit “affiliates” for their “opportunity.” Affiliates were encouraged to recruit more affiliates, who in turn would recruit more affiliates, who in turn . . . . You get the picture: Lather, rinse, repeat...
Thinking about crowdfunding to raise money for your latest project? If so, you’ll want to pay attention to the FTC’s first crowdfunding case. The lesson: If you launch a crowdfunding campaign, keep your promises.
It’s graduation season. How’s this for a truthful take on the usual oratory?Esteemed guests and distinguished graduates, despite what we said in our ads, many of you just got a degree or diploma that won’t qualify you to get the licenses you need to land a job in your field. And don’...

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A Utah man and three companies he controls have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they assisted a deceptive work-at-home scheme that the FTC charged, in February 2014, with conning millions of dollars from consumers. The scheme, which did business as Coaching Department and...
Capital Payments LLC, an Independent Sales Organization (ISO), has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it enabled a telemarketing scheme called The Tax Club to use merchant accounts to process consumers’ credit card payments. The Tax Club allegedly bilked consumers who were...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted a nationwide work-at-home scam that took more than $7 million from tens of thousands of consumers. The defendants allegedly lured consumers with false claims that they could earn up to $5,000 or more in weekly income by stuffing...
The operators of an advance fee recovery scheme that falsely claimed it could recover money for consumers that they had lost to telemarketing scams will be banned from selling recovery services, and from telemarketing, under a court order issued at the Federal Trade Commission’s request.
Bajo los términos de las órdenes judiciales obtenidas por la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), dieciocho comercializadores elusivos que engañaron a consumidores estadounidenses y canadienses estafándolos por más de $7 millones de dólares quedan sujetos a una prohibición...
Eighteen elusive marketers who cheated American and Canadian consumers out of more than $7 million are banned from selling business or work-at-home opportunities under court orders obtained by the Federal Trade Commission.These orders, along with court orders against 14 other people and companies...
The Federal Trade Commission announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has permanently enjoined National Business Consultants, Inc. (NBC), and Robert Namer (who has also used the name Robert Behar) from making false and misleading claims or omitting material...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged National Business Consultants Inc. with making false and misleading claims in the sale of business opportunities for business consulting services. At the FTC's request, a federal court has issued a temporary restraining order forbidding further alleged...

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When you buy a franchise, you may be able to sell goods and services that have instant name recognition, and get training and support that can help you succeed. But purchasing a franchise is like any other investment: there’s no guarantee of success.

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