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U.S. Federal Trade Commission News

FTC accuses 9 Canadian, U.S. defendants of scamming small businesses with Internet services

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Illinois district court has ordered nine Canadian and U.S. defendants accused of scamming small businesses with Internet-related services to pay more than $4.6 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

California federal court grants FTC motion to temporarily stop 'Internet marketing scam'

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) allegations against Apex Capital Group, LLC of deceptive marketing for online products have resulted in a California U.S. district court granting a motion to temporary ban the company's operation.

FTC: Office supply scam victims to receive part of $647,000 payout

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nonprofit organizations along with churches, schools and small businesses that were victims of an office supply scam will receive part of a more than $647,000 payout, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Supervalu asks FTC to approve resale of two stores despite '16 divestiture agreement

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supervalu Inc., has submitted an application to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for approval to resell two of its Shop 'n Save supermarkets back to Koninklijike Ahold and Delhaize Group (Giant).

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: MoneyGram Agrees to Pay $125 Million to Settle Allegations that the Company Violated the FTC’s 2009 Order and Breached a 2012 DOJ Deferred Prosecution Agreement

By Press release submission | Nov 20, 2018

MoneyGram International, Inc. has agreed to pay $125 million to settle allegations that the company failed to take steps required under a 2009 Federal Trade Commission order to crack down on fraudulent money transfers that cost U.S. consumers millions of dollars.

PR firm settles FTC charges of not disclosing paid endorsements, articles

By Marian Johns | Nov 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A public relations firm has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges it did not disclose that it paid Olympic athletes featured in promotions of a new mosquito repellent during the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics Games and Zika virus outbreak in its advertising and marketing.

FTC: Maryland federal district court halts $100 million real estate investment scam

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a Maryland federal district court's order to halt a large "real estate investment scam" that resulted in taking more than $100 million from investors who purchased lots.

Online student loan refinancier settles FTC charges of deceiving customers

By Marian Johns | Nov 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An online student loan refinancier has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve allegations the company made incorrect statements in print, online and in broadcast media advertisements in an attempt to deceive customers on loan refinancing.

New York attorney general: Marathon Petroleum divestiture ensures fair, competitive fuel prices

By Marian Johns | Oct 31, 2018

NEW YORK — Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to divest five of its New York state gas stations after an investigation by the state's attorney general raised concerns over the company's acquisition of several retail fuel stations and its impact on fair and competitive fuel prices in upstate New York's local market.

Teva Pharmaceutical asks FTC to modify order involving merger, generic drug competition

By Marian Johns | Oct 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries LTD., is requesting the U.S. Federal Trade Commission reopen and modify a 2012 order involving a merger between Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Actavis Inc.

ReadyTech, FTC reach settlement over false EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework certification

By Marian Johns | Oct 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — ReadyTech Corp. and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have reached a settlement that resolves charges by the commission that the company falsely claimed it was certifying its compliance under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.

U.S. reaches $2.2 million settlement with company accused of implying links to USCIS

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defendants in a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging they falsely implied their websites were tied to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have agreed to a $2.2 million settlement.

FTC: California stem cell therapy clinic falsely alleged it could cure serious diseases

By Marian Johns | Oct 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California stem cell therapy clinic, which said it could treat serious diseases without any scientific evidence, has settled charges by the federal government.

FTC obtains record $1.3 million civil court judgment against AMG Services for alleged payday scheme

By Marian Johns | Sep 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a record $1.3 billion civil court judgment against AMG Services and its owner who is accused of operating a massive payday lending scheme.

Federal court grants FTC's request to stop false claims on rental listing websites

By Marian Johns | Sep 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal court has granted the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) request for a temporary restraining order prohibiting two operators of rental listing websites from making false claims regarding availability of apartment units and Section 8 vouchers.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Returns more than $14 Million to Consumers Deceived by Misleading Light Bulb Claims

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mailing 499,105 checks totaling more than $14.4 million to people who bought Lights of America brand LED light bulbs.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC and State of Minnesota Halt Sellers Playbook’s Get Rich Scheme

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Minnesota have charged Minnesota-based Sellers Playbook with running a large business opportunity scheme. A federal court temporarily halted the operation pending resolution of the case.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Charges Auto Dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico with Falsifying Consumers’ Information on Financing Documents

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a group of four auto dealers operating in Arizona and New Mexico, near the border of the Navajo Nation, with a range of illegal activities, including falsifying consumers’ income and down payment information on vehicle financing applications and misrepresenting important financial terms in vehicle advertisements.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Returns Money to People Targeted by Phony Debt Collection Scheme

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 597 checks totaling more than $184,000 to people who were allegedly tricked into paying phony debts.

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