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A new Federal Trade Commission report on alcohol marketing and youth examines industry efforts to reduce the likelihood that alcohol advertising will target those under the legal drinking age of 21. It also announces a new system for monitoring alcohol industry compliance with self-regulatory...
“The caller asked for my bank account information. I cannot remember everything he said. I just thought that I needed to confirm my account information in order to avoid losing my Medicare benefits.” – Juanita Tortella, 77, Amarillo, Texas The Federal Trade Commission today, in cooperation with...
A one-day “back to basics” workshop on complying with truth-in-advertising laws will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, by the Federal Trade Commission and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. Green Lights & Red Flags: Rules of the Road for Advertisers and...
Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. More than 157 million phone numbers are on the National Do Not Call Registry.
The Federal Trade Commission today reiterated that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers in the near future, and that it is not necessary to register cell phone numbers on the...
A federal judge has granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a default judgment against a software developer who helped scammers infect millions of computers with destructive and intrusive spyware. The judgment bars the defendant from distributing software that interferes with consumers’...
Two companies that offer to finance the sale of personal computers to consumers with poor credit ratings have agreed to pay up to $5 million for consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated federal laws.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, Judge James S. Moody, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, has issued an order dated January 30, 2008, finding defendant Ira N. Rubin in contempt for multiple violations of a temporary restraining order (...
The operators of imbee.com, a social networking site specifically targeting kids and “tweens,” have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their data-collection practices violated federal law. The settlement bars future violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (...
Federal Trade Commission staff is seeking comments on the impact and effectiveness of credit freezes as part of a multi-pronged approach to combat identity theft.
The Federal Trade Commission today released a survey showing that 8.3 million American adults, or 3.7 percent of all American adults, were victims of identity theft in 2005.
On October 12, Federal Trade Commission staff sent warning letters to 15 sellers of non-corrective, cosmetic contact lenses who appeared to be providing contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions. Under the FTC’s Contact Lens Rule, sellers of both corrective and non-corrective cosmetic...
The Federal Trade Commission today reiterated that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers in the near future, and that it is not necessary to register cell phone numbers on the...
Operators who infected more than 15 million computers with destructive, intrusive spyware will give up $330,000 in ill-gotten gains from their venture to settle FTC charges that their scam violated federal law. The settlement will bar the defendants from downloading software onto consumers’...
The Federal Trade Commission is warning mortgage brokers and lenders, and media outlets that carry their advertisements for home mortgages, that some of the advertising claims currently appearing in Web sites, newspapers, magazines, direct mail, and unsolicited e-mail and faxes may violate federal...
The Federal Trade Commission and China’s consumer protection agency, the State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote consumer protection cooperation.The MOU, signed in Washington, DC, will facilitate greater policy-level...
A sweepstakes operation that enticed consumers to send money in order to win cash prizes has agreed to pay almost $1.4 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal laws. Funds collected by the FTC will be used to provide refunds to consumers.
Darden Restaurants Inc., which owns restaurant chains Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Smokey Bones, and Bahama Breeze, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it engaged in deceptive practices in advertising and selling its gift cards. As part of the settlement, Darden will restore...
Kmart Corporation has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it engaged in deceptive practices in advertising and selling its Kmart gift card. As part of the settlement, Kmart will implement a refund program and publicize it on its Web site. This is the agency’s first law...
An affiliate Webmaster who used the allure of “free” music downloads to spread malicious computer code is settling Federal Trade Commission charges he violated federal law. The defendant, who was paid to distribute the code by the company that developed it, will give up all of his ill-gotten gains.

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