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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.

DaVita to divest 7 clinics to complete acquisition of competitor Renal Ventures Management

Mark Iandolo Apr. 4, 2017, 12:24pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that DaVita Inc., a national outpatient kidney-dialysis chain, will divest ownership interest in seven clinics in order to complete its $358 million acquisition of competitor Renal Ventures Management LLC.

FTC files charges over invention-promotion scheme

Mark Iandolo Apr. 3, 2017, 3:32pm

The Federal Trade Commission has charged Scott Cooper and his companies, World Patent Marketing Inc. and Desa Industries Inc., with deceiving consumers and suppressing complaints through the threat of criminal prosecution.

Impostor scams outpace identity theft cases, FTC finds

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:40am

Imposter scam complaints surpassed identity theft as the second most common class of consumer complaints in 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said in an annual summary report.

Texas firm will stop claiming pulley systems are 'Made in USA'

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:39am

Block Division Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems, agreed to stop making misleading claims that its products were made in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said. 

FTC settles advance fee complaint with debt-relief firm

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:37am

A debt-relief company and its principals have been banned from misleading consumers and charging illegal advance fees under a settlement reached with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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.