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FTC OKs final order settling anti-competitive charges against dialysis chain DaVita

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:56pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced June 14 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order settling charges that outpatient kidney dialysis chain DaVita Inc.’s $358 million acquisition of competitor Renal Ventures Management LLC would be anti-competitive.

FTC continues crackdown on tech support scams with recent $1 million settlement

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:15am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced June 7 that it has obtained settlements with a group of defendants based in St. Louis who allegedly tricked consumers into buying unnecessary technical support devices by targeting them with deceptive pop-up ads.

FTC amends complaint against operators of invention-promotion scam

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:39pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced June 8 that it has amended its complaint against the operators of an invention-promotion scheme, World Patent Marketing (WPM).

FTC concludes case against Orlando robocall scammers

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:39pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Office of the Attorney General announced June 5 that a federal district court judge has entered eight orders against a group of individuals in Orlando that allegedly pitched worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs to consumers via illegal robocalls.

FTC seeks presenters for 2018's PrivacyCon

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 12:50pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced June 7 that it is seeking presenters for its third PrivacyCon, which is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2018.

Sherwin-Williams to divest two Valspar plants, continue with $11.3 billion acquisition

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:20am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 26 that Sherwin-Williams Company will settle anti-competitive allegations related to its proposed $11.3 billion acquisition of Valspar Corporation by selling Valspar’s North America Industrial Wood Coatings Business to Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.

FTC to mail nearly 40,000 refund checks for alleged coffee bean weight loss scam

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:19am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 30 that it is mailing 38,553 refund checks totaling roughly $1.9 million to consumers who purchased Pure Health or Genesis Today green coffee bean extract supplement from different retailers, including Walmart.

FTC settles with brothers who allegedly deceptively sold trampolines

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 31 that it has settled with Son “Sonny” Le and Bao “Bobby” Le, two brothers who allegedly deceived consumers in the marketing and sale of trampolines.

American Guild of Organists settles with FTC, to revise policies

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 26 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order and consent agreement with the American Guild of Organists that had been first announced in March.

FTC accuses Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board of limiting competition; LREAB says lawsuit is 'plain wrong'

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 31 it has filed a complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, citing allegations the group unreasonably restrains price competition for appraisal services in its state.

Federal court halts alleged phone debt relief operation at request of FTC

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2017, 8:42am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 23 that a federal court has temporarily halted an alleged phony debt relief operation that duped financially strapped consumers out of tens of millions of dollars. The purported scheme focused much of its efforts on scamming the elderly and the disabled.

FTC targets alleged student loan debt relief scam

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:08am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 25 that it has taken action against a scheme that allegedly duped millions of dollars from consumers by falsely promising student loan debt relief and credit repair.

Federal court grants FTC lien on Florida home in alleged precious metals scam

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 1:06pm

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 18 that a federal court has granted its request for a lien on the Florida home of Sam J. Goldman, the alleged operator of a precious metals scam conning senior citizens.

Federal court OKs divestiture of Saltzer Medical Group from St. Luke’s Health System

Mark Iandolo May 12, 2017, 8:50am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 2 that a federal court has approved the divestiture of Saltzer Medical Group from Idaho-based St. Luke’s Health System. The FTC successfully challenged St. Luke’s acquisition of Saltzer.

FTC settles false claims case against regarding home opiate detox

Mark Iandolo May 11, 2017, 9:33am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 4 that Catlin Enterprises Inc., a company that marketed itself as “the leader in home opiate detox since 2009,” and CEO George Catlin have settled FTC charges that the withdrawal treatment claims for their “withdrawal ease” and “recovery ease” products were false or unsupported by scientific evidence.

Emerson to divest Pentair subsidiary to complete acquisition

Mark Iandolo May 9, 2017, 8:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 28 that Industrial valve manufacturer Emerson Electric Co. has agreed to sell the switchbox business of Pentair plc to Crane Co. of Stamford, Connecticut, after FTC allegations that its proposed $3.15 billion acquisition of Pentair would violate federal antitrust law.

Federal court orders Commercial Recovery Systems president to pay $2 million

Mark Iandolo May 3, 2017, 10:06am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 24 that a federal court, per an FTC request, has ordered Timothy L. Ford to pay $2 million in civil penalties for allegedly violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Ford is the president of Commercial Recovery Systems Inc. (CRS).

FTC OKs Sycamore Partners' sale of former Family Dollar stores to Dollar General

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:13pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 27 that, following a 15-day public comment period, it has approved Sycamore Partners II L.P.’s application to sell to Dollar General Corporation the assets it acquired under a 2015 FTC settlement.

FTC approves Washington state supermarket application to divest store it bought during merger case

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 12:25pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced it has approved SuperValu Inc.’s application to sell one of two supermarkets bought in 2015 after Safeway and Albertsons merged and were required to divest 168 stores.

FTC settles with companies accused of misrepresenting participation in APEC CBPR system

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 11:16am

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it has approved final orders with three companies following allegations of deceiving consumers through the misrepresentation of company participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.