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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has temporarily halted a sweepstakes operation based in Fort Lauderdale that took more than $28 million from consumers throughout the United States and other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, federal courts in New York and Georgia have temporarily halted three debt collection operations that allegedly violated federal law by threatening and deceiving consumers via text messages, emails, and phone calls. The FTC seeks to permanently end the...
Universal Processing Services (UPS) of Wisconsin, LLC, a payment processor, and telemarketer Hal E. Smith and his company HES Merchant Services Company, Inc. (HES), defendants in the Federal Trade Commission’s case against a deceptive robocall credit card interest rate reduction scheme, were...
The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including...
La Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) y 58 agencias colegas a cargo del cumplimiento de la ley de cada estado de la Nación y del Distrito de Columbia han presentado cargos contra cuatro falsas organizaciones de caridad relacionadas con el cáncer y sus operadores por estafar...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a press conference at its headquarters in Washington, DC, today at noon ET to announce action on a major consumer fraud case that impacted consumers across the nation.Senior FTC officials and state law enforcement officials involved in the case, as well as a...
Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Nice-Pak Products, Inc., a manufacturer of wet wipes, has agreed to stop advertising moist toilet tissue as flushable unless it can substantiate that the product is safe to flush. Similarly, Nice-Pak agreed to not claim that its moist toilet...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Georgia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a free, public event in Atlanta on Tues., May 19, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m. to discuss consumer issues affecting people in Georgia.
In a letter to the court-appointed consumer privacy ombudsman in the bankruptcy case of the electronics retailer RadioShack, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich recommended conditions the court could place on the sale of consumers’ personal information to protect...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing almost 500,000 checks totaling approximately $3 million to consumers who lost money to diet supplement marketers who made unsupported claims that their cactus-based fruit drink, Nopalea, would treat a variety of health problems.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order with a company that deceptively advertised its add-on biweekly auto payment plan. National Payment Network, Inc. (NPN) is required to issue $1.5 million in consumer refunds within 30 days of service of...
The Federal Trade Commission has launched IdentityTheft.gov, a new resource that makes it easier for identity theft victims to report and recover from identity theft. A Spanish version of the site is also available at RobodeIdentidad.gov.
Two marketers of dietary supplements have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made unfounded claims that their products could prevent or reverse gray hair. The agency is pursuing legal action in court against a third company for making similar claims.
Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted comments to Michigan State Senator Darwin L. Booher in response to his request for a comment on the possible competitive effects of a legislative proposal creating an exception to current law that prohibits automobile manufacturers from selling new...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced that Katherine Race Brin will serve as the FTC’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), succeeding Peter Miller.“I am very pleased to announce Katie Race Brin’s appointment as the FTC’s new Chief Privacy Officer,” Ramirez said. “Katie has served as...
The Federal Trade Commission has adopted revisions to its Rules of Practice, which will enable parties in adjudicative proceedings before the Commission to file confidential documents electronically. Information about the e-filing system includes additional guidance about its new features.        
FTC’s Funeral Rule requires funeral homes to provide price lists to consumers
The Federal Trade Commission has obtained a court order temporarily halting a Glendale, California, operation  that allegedly used millions of illegal spam emails, along with false weight-loss claims and fake, unauthorized endorsements from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, to market its unproven...
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court halted a sham operation that allegedly told financially distressed homeowners it would help get their mortgages modified, but instead effectively stole their mortgage payments, leading some to foreclosure and bankruptcy. The FTC seeks to...

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