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This report responds to a recent request from the Congressional Committees on Appropriations that the FTC examine the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's voluntary guidelines for advertising and marketing to underage audiences. The report provides company-specific information,...

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The Federal Trade Commission today issued a staff working paper examining how its own consumer protection rules and guides -- many of which were developed long before "dot com" became a household phrase -- apply to advertising and sales on the Internet.
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...
Six Philadelphia automobile dealerships and their individual owners have signed agreements with the Federal Trade Commission to end alleged practices of omitting or burying in fine print key cost information in their vehicle lease and credit ads. The settlement agreements, signed by Dunphy Nissan,...
Two St. Louis car dealerships will pay a $40,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of a Federal Trade Commission order related to the Consumer Leasing Act ("CLA") and the Truth In Lending Act ("TILA"). The penalty is the first ever collected by the FTC for such an order violation by a vehicle...
Defendants who crammed charges onto consumers phone bills for services they did not order or authorize have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their practices violated federal laws. The settlement provides $1.6 million in redress for consumers who were victims of the...
Approval of Omnibus Compulsory Process Resolution:  
Although the alcohol industry generally complies with existing self-regulatory standards intended to prevent alcohol advertising that appeals to underage consumers, industry self-regulatory efforts should be improved, a report by the Federal Trade Commission released today states.
Two Fort Wayne-based telemarketers charged by the Federal Trade Commission with deceptively convincing small businesses they owe money for unordered advertisements in publications purported to be affiliated with "civic" or "charitable" organizations have agreed to settle the allegations. The...
How to respond when the voice on the other end of the telephone claims to be raising money for police, fire fighters, children, veteran or other deserving causes is a quandary many consumers find themselves in every day. While most of the over $140 billion Americans give annually to charities...
GeoCities, one of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented the purposes for which it was collecting personal identifying information from children and adults. This is the first FTC case involving Internet privacy....
Consumer complaints about crammers -- companies that use deceptive and unfair tactics to cram charges on consumers' phone bills --- are rising rapidly, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In the past 10 months, 6,000 consumers from across the country have contacted the agency to complain...
Consent agreements given final approval: Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final consent agreements with the following entities: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; Volkswagen of America, Inc. (including its Audi of America division); Lou Fusz Automotive Network, Inc.;...
Ashland, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that ads for the Valvoline Company's Teflon-containing TM8 Engine Treatment product were false and unsubstantiated. Valvoline is an unincorporated division of Ashland. The terms of the settlement will bar Ashland from making...
Two major automobile manufacturers and five St. Louis, Missouri-area dealerships have signed agreements with the Federal Trade Commission to end alleged practices of omitting or burying key cost information in small and at times unreadable print in their lease advertisements. The settlement...
Marketers of some of the most popular exercise equipment on the market today have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they made exaggerated weight-loss claims in their infomercials or other product advertising. According to the FTC, touting the purported weight-loss benefits...
The Federal Trade Commission will provide a press availability on Tuesday, April 1st, the effective date for a new federal law, which provides consumers with better protection from fraudulent credit repair organizations. The agency also will announce the results of its "surfing" the Internet for...

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