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Case: OMICS Group Inc.
The FTC’s December 2016 complaint alleged that between 2011 and 2016 the defendants called timeshare property owners falsely claiming that they had a buyer or renter ready to buy or rent their properties for a specified price, or making false promises to sell the timeshares quickly. A May 2018...
Case: Apply Knowledge, LLC
The operators of a student loan debt relief scam have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they bilked millions from consumers by falsely claiming to enroll consumers in loan forgiveness programs, for which they charged up to $1,000 in illegal upfront fees. The FTC alleged in its...
The Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, and filed settlements for public comment with Cambridge Analytica’s former chief executive and an app developer who worked with the company, alleging they employed deceptive tactics to...
Case: Match Group, Inc.
The Federal Trade Commission has sued online dating service Match Group, Inc. (Match), the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest advertisements to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into purchasing paid...
In November 2018, a federal district court in Maryland issued an order temporarily shutting down the largest overseas real estate investment scam the FTC has ever targeted. According to the FTC, the scam was established by Andris Pukke, a recidivist scammer currently living in California The...
Case: Truly Organic Inc.
Case: Vemma Nutrition Company
Public Event: Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop
September 10, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will host a public workshop on December 10, 2019 to discuss issues affecting the accuracy of both traditional credit reports and employment and tenant background screening reports. Since the FTC released its 2012 study...
Case: AH Media Group, LLC
In September 2019, the operators of a deceptive negative option scheme agreed to a court-ordered preliminary injunction temporarily barring them from a wide range of conduct. The preliminary injunction stops the defendants from misleading consumers about supposedly “free trial” offers, enrolling...
Google LLC and its subsidiary YouTube, LLC agreed to pay a $170 million civil penalty to the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General to settle allegations that the YouTube video sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent...
Case: Global Processing Solutions, Advanced Mediation Group, Lamar Snow, Jahaan McDuffie, and Glentis Wallace
In November 2017, the Federal Trade Commission charged a Georgia-based debt collection business with tricking people into paying money for debts they did not owe. A federal court temporarily halted the scheme and froze its assets at the FTC’s request. In September 2018, the operators settled the...
Thru, Inc. reached a settlement with the FTC over allegations that the company made false and misleading representations about its participation in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks.
DCR Workforce, Inc. reached a settlement with the FTC over allegations that the company made false or misleading representations about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.
Case: Standard Industries LLC
In July 2017, the FTC obtained court orders against this Maryland-based office supply operation charged with tricking small businesses, non-profit organizations, and other consumers into paying for overpriced office and cleaning supplies they never ordered. The stipulated orders setting the FTC’s...
Public Event: Consumers and Class Action Notices: An FTC Workshop
August 29, 2019
On October 29, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a public workshop in Washington, DC on improving class action settlement notices for consumers. The event will address current practices and research related to class action notices, redress methods, claims rates, check-cashing rates, and...
The FTC reached settlements with the promoters of recruitment-based cryptocurrency schemes.
In February 2017, the FTC and the Maine AG’s office announced a complaint and three settlements with dietary supplement marketers who allegedly used radio infomercials deceptively formatted as talk shows and print ads featuring fictitious endorsers to advertise supplements purporting to improve...
Case: Nobetes Corp.
In December 2018, officers of a company that marketed and sold Nobetes, a pill they claimed treats diabetes, settled an FTC complaint alleging that the advertising claims for the product are false or unsubstantiated. The order settling the FTC’s complaint prohibits the company and its officers from...
In October 2016, a federal judge granted the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction against two people and their companies for allegedly tricking small commercial trucking businesses into paying them for federal and state motor carrier registrations by impersonating government transportation...
The Federal Trade Commission finalized five separate proposed administrative complaints and orders enforcing the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA), which prohibits businesses from using form contract provisions that bar consumers from writing or posting negative reviews online, or threatening...
Unrollme Inc. reached a settlement with the FTC over allegations that the company deceived some consumers about how it accesses and uses their personal emails.
Closing Letter: Implus Footcare, LLC
August 5, 2019
Closing Letter: Natural Life Foods Corp. d/b/a Strike First Nutrition
August 5, 2019
Case: Equifax, Inc.
Closing Letter: Linmore LED Labs, Inc.
July 29, 2019
Public Statement: The a2 Milk Company
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The FTC alleged that Facebook violated its privacy promises to consumers and subsequently violated a 2012 Commission order.
Closing Letter: Kenall Manufacturing Co.
July 23, 2019
Closing Letter: UNEX Corporation
July 23, 2019
Closing Letter: CURT Group
July 22, 2019
Closing Letter: American LED Technology, Inc.
July 18, 2019
In July 2019, the FTC sent refunds totaling more than $708,000 to consumers and businesses that had been tricked into paying for unordered light bulbs and cleaning supplies. The Commission’s February 2016 complaint alleged the Lighting X-Change defendants’ telemarketers failed to disclose to...
Closing Letter: Golden Brothers, Inc., d/b/a Golden Technologies Inc.
July 18, 2019
Public Event: The Future of the COPPA Rule: An FTC Workshop
July 16, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a public workshop on October 7, 2019 to explore whether to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The Future of the COPPA Rule: An FTC Workshop examined whether to update the COPPA Rule in light of evolving business practices in the online children...
In October 2014, the FTC charged Gerber Products Co. with deceptively advertising that feeding its Good Start Gentle formula to infants with a family history of allergies prevents or reduces the risk that they will develop allergies. The FTC also alleged that Gerber falsely advertised Good Start...
Closing Letter: MBTIsense LLC (ROSH sensor)
July 9, 2019
Closing Letter: X2 Biosystems, Inc. (X-Patch and X-Patch Pro)
July 9, 2019
Closing Letter: Prevent Biometrics Inc. (impact sensor mouthguard)
July 9, 2019