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FTC: Federal judge bans operators of gold, silver investment scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 6 that a federal judge banned the operators of Discount Gold Brokers’ alleged fraudulent investment scheme.

FTC: Dallas auto dealer deceived Spanish-speaking consumers in advertisements

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 1 that Cowboy AG LLC, a company in Dallas that does business as Cowboy Toyota and Cowboy Scion (Cowboy Toyota), has agreed to settle allegations of deceptively advertising loan and leasing terms in ads delivered in a regional Spanish-language newspaper.

FTC settles deceptive marketing allegations with 3 Florida dietary supplement sellers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 20 that three companies based in Venice, Florida have settled allegations of deceptively marketing dietary supplements.

FTC alleges academic journal publishers deceived authors

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 22 that a federal court granted a preliminary injunction against various academic journal publishers after alleged deceptive practices.

Alimentation Couche-Tard to divest 3 Alabama retail fuel stations after FTC deal

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 22 that Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT), a retail fuel station and convenience store operator, will divest three fuel stations in Alabama after allegations its proposed acquisition of Jet-Pep Inc. would violate federal antitrust law.

FTC obtains temporary ban against New York office supply scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 8 that a federal court has temporarily halted an office supply scam that bilked small businesses and non-profits out of thousands of dollars.

FTC: Federal court halts Georgia debt collection scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 8 that a federal court temporarily halted a Georgia-based debt collection business from allegedly tricking people into paying for debts they actually did not owe.

FTC: Operators of illegal robocall scheme agree to settle

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 8 that the operators of an allegedly illegal robocall scheme have agreed to a settlement.

FTC approves Abbot's acquisition of Alere after significant divestitures

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 14 that it had approved a final order that will remedy the anti-competitive effects that could have came about had Abbot’s $8.3 billion acquisition of Alere gone unchecked.

FTC reaches settlement with operators of massive online dietary supplement scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 15 it had reached a settlement with a large network of online marketers and the three people behind them after allegations they deceived consumers in the sale of more than 40 weight-loss, muscle-building, and wrinkle-reduction products.

FTC supports Tennessee exemption for animal massage therapy competition benefits

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 16 that agency staff-submitted comments to the Tennessee General Assembly supporting a state law exemption for animal massage therapy.

FTC reaches settlement with Chicago operators of alleged fake debt collection scheme

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 1 that the agency and the Illinois Attorney General have reached settlements with the operators of a fake debt collection scheme in the Chicago area. The operators will be banned from the debt collection business and from selling debt portfolios.

Administrative law judge upholds FTC complaint against 1-800 Contacts; Company is appealing

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Oct. 30 that Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell upheld an agency complaint against 1-800 Contacts, which the FTC says created anti-competitive agreements with rival businesses.

FTC secures more than $760,000 from alleged fake rental property scheme

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Oct. 30 that it has obtained a court order against two individuals for their role an alleged rental property scheme.

FTC details decline in U.S. cigarette sales

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Oct. 25 that it released a report detailing a decline in the number of cigarettes sold by major wholesalers and retailers from 253.8 billion in 2014 to 244.2 billion in 2015.

FTC shuts down two alleged tech support scams

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Oct. 26 that the operators of two tech support scams will settle FTC charges of duping consumers into purchasing unnecessary repairs for their supposedly virus-infected computers.

FTC, 11 states create 'Operation Game of Loans' to combat debt relief scammers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Oct. 13 that, along with 11 states and the District of Columbia, it will coordinate an initiative aimed at deceptive student loan relief scams.

FTC has claims against D-Link dismissed, given chance to amend

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – New developments in a legal dispute between the Federal Trade Commission and the company D-Link Systems has the data security community intrigued.

FTC settles with company that allegedly falsely said baby mattresses were 'organic'

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Sept. 28 that Moonlight Slumber LLC, an Illinois company that markets baby mattresses, will settle allegations that it misrepresented its products to consumers.

Abbott Labs, Alere to divest rights to 2 product lines, continue $8.3 billion acquisition

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Sept. 28 that Abbott Laboratories and Alere Inc. will divest two point-of-care medical device product lines after allegations Abbott’s proposed $8.3 billion acquisition of Alere could harm competition.