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Institutions should include CFPB's database in risk assessment

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 24, 2017, 8:27am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website could be used as a data-mining tool for plaintiffs attorneys, says Douglas Thompson of Bryan Cave.

FTC to mail refunds to 1,300 consumers affected by alleged Mercola tanning deception

Mark Iandolo Feb. 16, 2017, 9:06am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 7 that it will mail refund checks to more than 1,300 consumers who had purchased Mercola indoor tanning systems. The checks amount to a total of roughly $2.59 million.

Stratford Career Institute settles FTC charges it misled consumers, to pay $250,000

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:23am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 3 that Stratford Career Institute has agreed to stop making claims about education programs that the FTC had alleged were deceptive.

FTC chairman appoints Thomas Pahl as acting director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen has appointed Thomas Pahl as acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

FTC accuses Shire ViroPharma of antitrust law violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:18am

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 7 the filing of a complaint against Shire ViroPharma Inc. in federal district court.

Breathometer settles FTC allegations, cannot make claims without evidence

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2017, 1:04pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Breathometer, Inc. and founder and CEO Charles Michael Yim agreed Jan. 23 to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations the company lacked scientific evidence to back up advertising claims.

iSpring Water Systems agrees to stop making allegedly misleading claims

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2017, 8:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — iSpring Water Systems, LLC has agreed to stop claiming its products are made in the United States following a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

FTC to send refund checks to consumers who received third-party charges on T-Mobile bills

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2017, 8:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will refund checks totaling close to $20 million to more than 617,000 T-Mobile consumers who had third-party charges added to mobile bills, allegedly without consent.

FTC settles with Endo, files charges against Watson and Impax alleging pay-for-delay scheme

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:22am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 23 that the agency re-filed a complaint and filed a proposed stipulated order in federal court to resolve charges that Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Endo International plc violated antitrust laws.

FTC settles with Uber for $20 million

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 19 that Uber Technologies, the San Francisco-based ride hailing company, will pay $20 million after allegations it misled potential drivers by exaggerating earnings claims. The $20 million will go toward refunding affected drivers around the U.S.

FTC accuses Qualcomm of anti-competitive monopoly tactics

Mark Iandolo Feb. 2, 2017, 12:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 17 that it has filed a complaint in federal court against Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly using anti-competitive tactics to keep its monopoly related to key semiconductor devices.

Class actions follow FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm

Glenn Minnis Feb. 2, 2017, 11:35am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission’s two-year probe of Qualcomm has led to the government filing suit against the California-based company, accusing executives of employing “onerous” tactics allowing it to “maintain a monopoly on baseband processors.”

Western Union settles for $586 million after allegations of fraud, money laundering

Mark Iandolo Feb. 1, 2017, 8:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 19 that the Western Union Company (Western Union), a global money services business headquartered in Colorado, will forfeit $586 million after allegations of allowing consumer fraud and money laundering.

FTC issues comments opposing proposed merger of Mountain States, Wellmont Health

Mark Iandolo Jan. 20, 2017, 8:44am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 13 that its staff has submitted a supplemental comment and analysis to the Virginia Department of Health. In the comments, the staff voices opposition to issuing a letter authorizing a cooperative agreement to Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System.

Federal Trade Commission launches class action study amid growing fairness skepticism

Glenn Minnis Jan. 19, 2017, 10:03am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Claim handlers from eight different entities have been ordered by the Federal Trade Commission to provide the government with data illustrating the way they notify class members about settlement agreements and other developments related to their cases.

Alleged mortgage relief scheme operator agrees to FTC ban

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:59am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 11 that Damian Kutzner, who allegedly helped operate a mortgage relief scheme that duped consumers and stole millions, has agreed to a court order banning him from the debt relief business.

FTC seeks to bar businesses from selling allegedly fake payday loan debt portfolios

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:55am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 9 that it had charged Joel Jerome Tucker, SQ Capital LLC, JT Holdings Inc. and HPD LLC with selling portfolios of fake payday loan debts.

FTC OKs final order in CentraCare-SCMG acquisition following public comment

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the approval Jan. 9 of a final order settling charges that CentraCare’s acquisition of St. Cloud Medical Group, also known as SCMG, would be anti-competitive. The approval comes following a public comment period.

FTC takes action against D-Link for its allegedly insecure wireless routers and internet cameras

Mark Iandolo Jan. 17, 2017, 10:03am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a complaint Jan. 5 against D-Link Corp., a Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer with a U.S. subsidiary.

FTC, Schneiderman target marketers of Prevagen

Mark Iandolo Jan. 17, 2017, 9:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Jan. 9 that they have charged the marketers of dietary supplement Prevagen with making false and unsubstantiated claims about the product’s ability to improve memory.