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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.

FTC supports repeal of Alaska's certificate-of-need laws

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 12 that it has recommended that Alaska repeal its certificate-of-need (CON) laws.

FTC settles with ringleader behind allegedly illegal nationwide telemarketing scheme

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 13 a settlement with Justin Ramsey, the ringleader behind an alleged telemarketing scheme that robocalled consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry.

FTC settles with three affiliate marketers for $500,000 on allegations of deceiving consumers

Mark Iandolo Apr. 14, 2017, 9:46am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 17 that three Florida-based affiliate marketers will pay $500,000 after allegations of using illegal spam e-mail, false weight-loss claims and phony celebrity endorsements to market bogus weight-loss products.

FTC dismisses challenge against Advocate, NorthShore after companies drop proposed merger

Mark Iandolo Apr. 14, 2017, 9:46am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 22 that it has dismissed its case challenging Advocate Health Care Network’s proposed merger with NorthShore University HealthSystem after the two companies abandoned the merger.

FTC OKs final orders with CarMax, Asbury Automotive Group, West-Herr Automotive Group

Mark Iandolo Apr. 11, 2017, 9:19am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 31 that, following a public comment period, it has approved final consent orders with CarMax, Asbury Automotive Group and West-Herr Automotive Group.

NetSpend Corporation to settle FTC allegations of deceiving consumers about prepaid cards

Mark Iandolo Apr. 11, 2017, 9:11am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 31 that NetSpend Corporation, a prepaid card company, will settle allegations of deceiving consumers about access to funds deposited on debit cards.

FTC seeks public comment on Sycamore's proposed sale of assets to Dollar General

Mark Iandolo Apr. 10, 2017, 12:43pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 5 that it will seek public comment on Sycamore Partners II L.P.’s application to sell to assets it acquired under a 2015 FTC settlement to Dollar General Corporation.

FTC, Amazon to drop appeals in 2016 mobile app case

Mark Iandolo Apr. 10, 2017, 12:42pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 4 that Amazon Inc. and the commission will end appeals related to last year’s court findings about mobile applications targeting children.

Sage Automotive Group, to pay $3.6 million in FTC settlement

Mark Iandolo Apr. 10, 2017, 12:38pm

A group of auto dealerships, holding and management companies and two individuals will pay roughly $3.6 million in restitution after facing allegations of using deceptive and unfair business practices.

FTC order imposes $350,000 penalty on debt collection agency

Mark Iandolo Apr. 6, 2017, 11:55am

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that American Municipal Services Corporation and its owners, Lawrence Bergman and Gregory Pitchford, have agreed to stop engaging in allegedly illegal collection tactics.

FTC approves final order settling Enbridge, Spectra Energy merger case

Mark Iandolo Apr. 5, 2017, 11:33am

The Federal Trade Commission announced March 24 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order settling charges that the proposed merger of Enbridge Inc. and Spectra Energy Corp. would harm competition.

FTC targets online marketers for allegedly duping consumers

Mark Iandolo Apr. 4, 2017, 12:31pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced it has charged a group of online marketers with allegations of deceptively luring consumers into unknowingly paying for cooking gadgets, golf equipment and access to related online subscription services.