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The Federal Trade Commission today announced it has sent 10 letters warning multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) to remove and address claims that they or their participants are making about their products’ ability to treat or prevent coronavirus disease or about the earnings people who have...
The Federal Trade Commission announced it has sent 21 additional letters warning marketers throughout the United States to stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products and therapies can treat or prevent coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the third set of warning letters the FTC has sent to...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged a Rhode Island-based company and its owner with falsely claiming to be an approved lender for a federal coronavirus relief lending program and asked a federal court to immediately halt their misrepresentations.
The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division jointly announced today that they will seek to protect workers on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic‑‑including doctors, nurses, first responders, and those who work in grocery...
Continuing its efforts to protect consumers from scams and deceptive pitches related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Federal Trade Commission today announced it has sent 10 additional letters warning companies, both in the United States and abroad, to cease making unsubstantiated claims...
As we navigate uncharted waters in our work and home lives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a few changes have happened quickly.  We claimed “home office” space to take on the challenges of working remotely.  Bureau of Competition staff shifted from in-person meetings to...
The Federal Trade Commission today sent joint letters with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to three companies providing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, warning them that routing and transmitting illegal robocalls, including Coronavirus-related scam calls, is illegal and...
Consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission related to the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) have surged in recent weeks. Since the beginning of the year, the FTC has received more than 7,800 coronavirus-related reports from consumers, double what they were about a week ago.
Years ago, the Australian group Men at Work asked the musical question “Who Can It Be Now?” In the ongoing battle against Coronavirus scams, FTC staff just sent warning letters to nine companies reminding them of the potential ramifications of behind-the-scenes involvement in illegal...
Federal Trade Commission staff sent letters to nine Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers and other companies warning them that “assisting and facilitating” illegal telemarketing or robocalls related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic is against the law. Many of these calls...
The Federal Trade Commission, in partnership with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, will resume the practice of granting early termination of the HSR Act’s waiting periods when both agencies have determined that no enforcement action will be taken during the waiting period, the agency...
On Friday, March 13, as part of the Bureau’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, and in partnership with the Antitrust Division of DOJ, we announced that the Bureau’s Premerger Notification Office would adopt a
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons issued a statement on the agency’s continuing efforts to protect consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.The FTC’s staff is working hard with other enforcement authorities and stakeholders to stop scammers and other unfair and deceptive business...

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