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FTC announces stipulated order in payday loan scam case

Mark Iandolo Dec. 6, 2016, 9:43am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a stipulated order Nov. 30 against Jason A. Kotzker that resolves charges that he and his co-defendants received personal information from people who thought they were applying for payday loans online and sold it to a scam that tapped consumers’ bank accounts and credit cards without consent.

FTC bans defendants from selling debt relief services, imposes $27 million in judgments

Mark Iandolo Dec. 6, 2016, 9:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a ban Nov. 30 against a group of defendants that allegedly bilked more than $12 million from consumers by falsely promising to reduce credit card interest rates.

FTC, Justice Department warn FERC of evolving electricity markets

Mark Iandolo Dec. 2, 2016, 8:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced Nov. 28 the submission of a comment to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding market power in wholesale electricity markets.

FTC grants Gilbarco exemption for size of ethanol disclosures at retail sites

Mark Iandolo Dec. 2, 2016, 8:49am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 29 that it has granted Gilbarco Inc. and other ethanol flex fuel retailers a partial exemption to its Fuel Rating Rule labeling requirements.

HeidelbergCement, Italcementi to sell assets to Argos USA after FTC settlement

Mark Iandolo Nov. 28, 2016, 1:44pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 15 that, following a public comment period, it has approved an application from HeidelbergCement AG and Italcementi S.P.A. to sell the Essroc cement plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia, eight cement terminals in the mid-Atlantic, and related assets to Argos USA LLC, a subsidiary of Cementos Argos S.A.

American Air Liquide to sell assets to Reliant Processing after FTC settlement

Mark Iandolo Nov. 28, 2016, 1:33pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Oct. 18 that American Air Liquide Holdings Inc. has submitted an application to sell to Reliant Processing Ltd. certain assets related to production of bulk liquid carbon dioxide at facilities in Galva, and Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

FTC approves order with Warner Bros. over 'Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor'

Mark Iandolo Nov. 28, 2016, 1:32pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 21 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final consent order with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. that settles charges the company failed to adequately disclose that it paid online influencers to post gameplay videos.

FTC announces $30 million court-ordered judgment against Pure Green Coffee Extract pitchman

Mark Iandolo Nov. 22, 2016, 8:28am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 14 that a U.S. district court judge issued a summary decision and $30 million judgment against the Nicholas Scott Congleton, the pitchman behind a product known as Pure Green Coffee Extract. Congleton allegedly had been deceiving consumers through false weight-loss claims, bogus testimonials and fake news websites.

FTC grants preliminary injunction against multiple defendants in trucking industry fraud case

Mark Iandolo Nov. 22, 2016, 8:27am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Oct. 17 that a federal judge has granted its request for a preliminary injunction against two people and their companies for allegations of tricking small commercial trucking companies into paying them for federal and state motor carrier registrations.

FTC: NetSpend deceives consumers

Mark Iandolo Nov. 18, 2016, 11:35am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 10 that it charged prepaid card company NetSpend Corporation with multiple allegations of customer deception.

FTC finalizes amendments to Used Car Rule

Mark Iandolo Nov. 18, 2016, 11:35am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 10 that it has made final amendments to its Used Car Rule.

FTC seeks public comments on proposed changes to Contact Lens Rule

Mark Iandolo Nov. 18, 2016, 11:35am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 10 that is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Contact Lens Rule, in addition to a multitude of other issues related to the rule.

FTC to study effectiveness of class action settlement notice programs

Mark Iandolo Nov. 17, 2016, 8:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 14 it plans to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs.

FTC issues policy statement for over-the-counter homeopathic drugs

Mark Iandolo Nov. 17, 2016, 8:20am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 15 a new “Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Homeopathic Drugs.”

Law professor calls FTC report on patent assertion entities ‘totally flawed,’ takes issue with its design

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 16, 2016, 11:42am

The Federal Trade Commission report, released last month, looks at patent assertion entities and their business practices.

FTC to mail checks to consumers victimized by Kentucky-based FHTM's alleged pyramid scheme

Mark Iandolo Nov. 11, 2016, 10:56am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week it is mailing 285,361 checks totaling more than $3.7 million to victims of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing’s (FHTM) alleged pyramid scheme.

FTC files amicus brief in Amphastar v. Momenta case

Mark Iandolo Nov. 11, 2016, 10:54am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in which it urges the court to reverse a district court’s dismissal of the complaint in Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Momenta Pharmaceuticals.

Vito Glazers to pay $200,000 judgment from 2014 text message spam case

Mark Iandolo Nov. 11, 2016, 10:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that a federal court judge has approved the lifting of the partial suspension of a $200,000 judgment imposed against Vito Glazers, a defendant in a 2014 text spam case.

Companies could face criminal prosecution for illegal employee agreements

Dee Thompson Nov. 10, 2016, 12:21pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Companies that enter into non-compete agreements regarding employees could face criminal prosecution, including possibly jail.

FTC approves modified final order in Koninklijke, Delhaize merger case

Mark Iandolo Nov. 10, 2016, 11:48am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Oct. 31, following a public comment period, that it has approved a modified final order settling charges against Koninklijke Ahold and Delhaize Group over their merger.