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The FTC has charged a purported Web cramming operation with billing small business consumers for “free” Internet services, without full disclosure of the negative option features and without consumers’ authorization, and even when some consumers said that they were not interested in the offer. The...
Two marketers of false international driver’s permits (IDPs) and one financial processor for IDP marketers have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated federal laws by deceptively claiming that their documents could take the place of a government-issued driver’s license or other...
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice today filed a complaint and consent decree against Alabama-based Oxmoor House and its parent Southern Progress Corporation, a magazine corporation also based in Alabama. As part of the proposed consent decree, the companies have...
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has reached a settlement with Micro Star Software, Inc., a Carlsbad, California, software marketing company, and its president, Stephen Benedict, resolving allegations that they misled consumers by misrepresenting a 30-day trial offer for...
In a case first filed in January 2020, the FTC alleged that Success By Health and its executives James “Jay” Dwight Noland, Jr., Lina Noland, Scott A. Harris, and Thomas G. Sacca were operating an “instant coffee” pyramid scheme that used false promises of wealth and income to entice...
Pacific Office Systems, Inc., based in Canoga Park, California, and its owner, Suzette Oppenheim, have agreed to settle federal charges that they engaged in deceptive sales practices in connection with the sale of non-durable office supplies. Named as defendants in "Operation CopyCon," the Federal...
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice ("DOJ") today filed a civil penalty complaint and proposed consent decree against Creative Publishing International ("CPI"), a Minnesota publisher of "how-to" books. As part of the proposed consent decree, CPI has agreed to pay $...
Corporate Supplies, Inc., based in Cummings, Georgia, and its principals, Larry Sarchenko and Robert Henkel, have agreed to pay $20,000 in consumer redress as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Named as defendants in "Operation CopyCon," the FTC alleged that the defendants...
Two Illinois-based companies named in a 1999 lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice at the request of the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to settle charges that they engaged in a bogus office and maintenance supply scam.
Laser Express of Tennessee, Limited., Inc., based in Nashville, and its owner, Jeff Richfield, have agreed to pay $374,000 in consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they engaged in the deceptive sale of office supplies. Named as defendants in "Operation Misprint," the FTC...
Defendants in two separate cases filed in federal district court as part of "Operation Misprint" have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. In both cases, the FTC alleged that the defendants shipped and billed consumers for unordered office supplies. In separate settlements, David...
Quality Maintenance Supplies, Inc., based in Chicago, and its principal, Joanne M. Drobut, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they shipped and billed consumers for unordered maintenance supplies. The case was filed in federal district court as part of "Operation Misprint,"...
One of the largest office supply operations in Southern California charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement requires Ultra...
A suburban Chicago-area telemarketing company charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission and State of Illinois charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement bars National...
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...
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...
A suburban Chicago-area telemarketing company charged with sending unordered merchandise to small businesses around the country and then billing them for it has agreed to settle FTC charges that it was violating federal law. The settlement bars Southern Maintenance Supplies, Inc., and its owner Don...
Federal and state law enforcers are targeting bogus business operators who bilk charities, not-for-profit organizations and small businesses out of millions of dollars a year. The FTC and the Attorneys General of Illinois and Indiana, with the cooperation and assistance of the U.S. Postal...
New Vision International, Inc., a multi-level marketing company that sells nutritional supplements, its affiliated company, NVI Promotions, L.L.C., and their principals, Jason P. Boreyko and Benson K. Boreyko (collectively "New Vision") have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that...

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