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FTC approves final order in Boehringer-Sanofi asset swap case

Mark Iandolo Mar. 17, 2017, 8:28am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 24 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order settling charges that Boehringer Ingelheim’s $13.53 billion asset swap with Paris-based Sanofi would likely be anti-competitive. 

FTC provides comments to Ohio Senate on proposed dental hygienist bill

Mark Iandolo Mar. 17, 2017, 8:25am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 9 that its staff has submitted a comment to the Ohio State Senate on proposed legislation that would broaden dental hygienists’ ability to work without a supervising dentist on-site.

FTC finds 31 funeral homes in violation of Funeral Rule

Mark Iandolo Mar. 10, 2017, 9:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 15 that its investigators working undercover in nine states found failures to disclose pricing information to consumers in 31 of 133 funeral homes visited between 2015 and 2016. The FTC’s Funeral Rule mandates that prices must be clearly disclosed in funeral homes.

FTC bans American from telemarketing after allegedly helping India-based call centers deceive consumers

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 15 that Joel S. Treuhaft and his company, PHLG Enterprises LLC, have been banned from aiding any telemarketers. This comes after the FTC charged him with allegations of helping telemarketers in India defraud cash-strapped U.S. consumers.

Three U.S. companies settle with FTC in case involving deception allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:57am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 22 that three U.S. companies will settle allegations of deceiving consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.

Abbott Labs, St. Jude Medical to divest certain business assets to complete merger

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:56am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 23 the approval of a final order settling charges that Abbott Laboratories’ $25 billion acquisition of St. Jude Medical Inc. would be anti-competitive. The approval comes following a public comment period.

FTC settles with one defendant in ongoing case against alleged fake prize scheme

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:55am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 21 that Ian Gamberg will settle FTC allegations in an alleged fake prize scheme that tricked consumers via mail into thinking that they had won $1 million. Gamberg is one of the defendants. 

Enbridge, Spectra Energy agree to conditions for merger to preserve competition

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 16 that Enbridge Inc. and Spectra Energy Corp have agreed to settle allegations that their merger would harm competition for pipeline transportation of natural gas in three production areas off the coast of Louisiana.

FTC: Leader of alleged debt relief scheme banned from selling mortgage or debt services

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 23 that Gabriel D. Stewart, the alleged leader of a debt relief scheme, has been banned from selling mortgage or debt relief services.

GC Services to pay $700,000 after FTC alleges unlawful use of tactics to collect debts

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 14 that debt collector GC Services will pay $700,000 after allegations of using unlawful tactics to collect federal student loans.

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.