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Rule Summary: Deceptive Pricing
Rule Summary: Credit Practices
Public Comment Initiative: #307: FTC File No. P064202; 16 C.F.R. Part 425: Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Reopening the Record for the Submission of Public Comments Until October 13, 2009
[Please See Index # 288 for Related Proceeding]
Rule Summary: Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting
The Fuel Rating Rule requires that refiners, importers, and producers of certain automotive fuels determine the fuel ratings before transferring the fuels to a distributor or retailer. For gasoline, the fuel rating is the octane rating. For alternative fuels, other than biodiesel, the rating is the...
Advisory Opinion: Section 607(e): Procurement of reports for resale
Rule Summary: Interpretations of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
Case: PerfectData Corporation
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 116, Page 769
Rule Summary: Advertising of Warranties and Guarantees
The Advertising of Warranties and Guarantees Guides help advertisers avoid unfair or deceptive practices in the advertising of warranties and guarantees. The Guides provide examples of disclosures sufficient to convey to consumers the details of the warranty coverage and the meanings of various...
Rule Summary: The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Risk-Based Pricing Rule
Rule Summary: Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule ("COPPA")
COPPA imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age.
Rule Summary: Nursery Guides
The Nursery Guides address numerous sales practices for outdoor plants, including deceptive claims as to quantity, size, grade, kind, species, age, maturity, condition, vigor, hardiness, growth ability, price, and origin or place where grown.
Rule Summary: Used Car Rule
The Used Car Rule, formally known as the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule, has been in effect since 1985. It requires car dealers to display a window sticker, known as a Buyers Guide, on the used cars they offer for sale. The Buyers Guide discloses whether the dealer offers a warranty and,...
Case: Vons Companies, Inc.
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 113, Page 779
Rule Summary: 900-Number Rule
The 900-Number Rule requires disclosures about the cost of telephone-based entertainment or information services -- known as "audiotext" services -- that consumers access by dialing a 900 number. These disclosures must be made in the advertising of any 900-number audiotext service, and also in a...
Advisory Opinion: Section 604(a)(3)(A): Credit transaction
The offer of "Free" merchandise or service is a promotional device frequently used to attract customers. When making "Free" or similar offers all of the terms and conditions upon which one can receive and retain the “Free” item should be set forth clearly and conspicuously at the outset of the...
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 115 , Page 339
Rule Summary: Fair Credit Billing Act
Rule Summary: Green Guides
The Green Guides were issued to help marketers ensure that the claims they are making are true and substantiated. The guidance they provide includes: general principles that apply to all environmental marketing claims; how consumers are likely to interpret particular claims and how marketers can...
Rule Summary: Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA or Act), enacted in 1967, directs the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations requiring that all "consumer commodities" be labeled to disclose net contents, identity of commodity, and name and place of business of...
Rule Summary: Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts
The Guides prohibit misrepresentations that a part is new or about the condition, extent of previous use, reconstruction, or repair of a part. Previously used parts must be clearly and conspicuously identified as such in advertising and packaging, and, if the part appears new, on the part itself...
Rule Summary: Safeguards Rule
The Safeguards Rule requires financial institutions under FTC jurisdiction to have measures in place to keep customer information secure. In addition to developing their own safeguards, companies covered by the Rule are responsible for taking steps to ensure that their affiliates and service...
The Unavailability Rule prohibits food retailers from advertising products at a stated price unless the products are in stock and available during the effective period of the advertisement, or the ad discloses that supplies are limited or available only at some outlets. It is not a violation if the...
Rule Summary: Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil
The Rule, which is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, prescribes testing procedures and labeling standards for recycled oil.
Rule Summary: Free Credit Report Rule
Rule Summary: Textile Fiber Rule
The Textile Fiber Rule requires that certain textiles sold in the United States carry labels disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers in the product, the manufacturer or marketer name, and the country where the product was processed or manufactured.
Rule Summary: Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles
The Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles assist automobile manufacturers and dealers in avoiding deceptive fuel economy claims and using fuel economy information truthfully in advertising.
The Cooling Off Rule provides that it is unfair and deceptive for sellers engaged in “door-to-door” sales valued at more than $25 to fail to provide consumers with disclosures regarding their right to cancel the sales contract within three business days of the transaction.
Rule Summary: The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Affiliate Marketing
Case: G.C. Thorsen, Inc.
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 116 , Page 1179
Rule Summary: Business Opportunity Rule
The Business Opportunity Rule requires business opportunity sellers to give prospective buyers specific information to help them evaluate a business opportunity, thus ensuring that the prospective purchasers have the information they need in order to assess the risks of buying a work-at-home...
Rule Summary: Energy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Energy Labeling Rule”)
The Energy Labeling Rule calls for the familiar yellow Energy Guide labels stating a product’s estimated annual operating cost and energy consumption, and a range for comparing the highest and lowest energy cost for similar models. Energy Guide labels appear on clothes washers, dishwashers,...
Rule Summary: Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans
Under these plans, sellers ship merchandise such as books, compact discs or tapes automatically to their subscribers, and bill them for the merchandise, if they do not expressly reject the merchandise within a prescribed time.
Rule Summary: The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Disposal Rule
Case: Nationwide Industries
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 116 , Page 853