U.S. Federal Trade Commission News

FTC, Uber reach expanded settlement agreement

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 20, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 12 that Uber Technologies Inc. will expand the proposed settlement it reached with the commission in 2017.

FTC settles with 3 marketers who allegedly sold phony debt relief services

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 20, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 12 that three marketers have been banned from selling debt relief, credit repair and financial products and services after allegedly selling phony debt relief services.

FTC seeks public comment on proposed modification to video game industry self-regulatory program

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 2 that it is seeking public comment on proposals to modify a video game industry self-regulatory program first approved by the agency in 2001 under the agency’s Children Online Privacy Protection Rule.

FTC mails 2,116 refund checks to victims of 'memory improvement' supplement scam

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 2 that it is mailing 2,116 refund checks worth a total of about $355,000 to consumers victimized by CogniPrin’s alleged scheme to deceptively market a “memory improvement” supplement.

FTC finalizes order settling antitrust allegations against 7-Eleven

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 29 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order with 7-Eleven that resolves allegations the company’s proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of 1,100 Sunoco retail fuel outlets would violate antitrust law.

FTC submits comments to consumer bureau regarding civil investigative demands

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 27 that its Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) has submitted comments to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection after the agency requested assistance in assessing its civil investigative demands (CIDs) procedures.

FTC seeks injunction against home security company that allegedly violated telemarketing rule

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 23 that it has file​​​​d a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction in federal court against Alliance Security Inc., a home security installation company, and its founder, for allegedly using telemarketing to call millions of numbers registered on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry.

FTC settles with Chinese company that allegedly deceived consumers about origin of mattresses

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 28, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 13 that Nectar Brand LLC will stop making “assembled in the USA” claims about its Chinese-made mattresses after allegations that those claims are false.

FTC, CFPB report to Congress on efforts to halt illegal debt collection schemes

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 28, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced March 20 that they have released a report detailing their 2017 activities to protect consumers from illegal debt collection schemes.

FTC proposes to repeal 52-year-old Picture Tube Rule

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 27, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 13 that it is proposing to repeal its Picture Tube Rule.

FTC settles with Utah firms for allegedly marketing movies in a deceptive manner

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 16 that three Utah firms and their owner will settle allegations of deceptively and illegally calling more than 117 million consumers to pitch their movies.

FTC announces federal court ban on 4 who push cryptocurrency referral scams

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 16 that a federal court has banned four individuals from allegedly promoting deceptive moneymaking schemes that involve cryptocurrency.

FTC reaches settlement with motor carrier registration scam group

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 19 that the operators of a registration service for motor carries have agreed to a settlement after allegations they impersonated, or falsely claimed affiliation with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

FTC modifies 2014 order against real estate data, analytics firm

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 15 that it will modify a 2014 order against CoreLogic Inc.

FTC lauds CDK's abandoned acquisition of Auto/Mate

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 20 that had it issued an administrative complaint arguing that CDK Global Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Auto/Mate would violate federal antitrust laws and reduce competition in the market for Dealer Management System (DMS) software. Following the issuance of the complaint, CDK and Auto/Mate notified the FTC that they abandoned the acquisition plans.

FTC OKs final order for caring.com's divestiture to allow Red Ventures' acquisition of Bankrate

By Marian Johns | Mar 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved its final order for caring.com senior living referral service to be divested in order for the completion of Red Ventures' acquisition of Bankrate, an order that settles charges that the acquisition could disrupt market competition.

FTC reaches settlement with defendants in Money Now Funding scheme

By Marian Johns | Mar 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement agreement with Michael Abdelmesseh and KMA Merchant Services LLC, charged by the FTC for laundering credit card charges as part of a business scheme for Money Now Funding (MNF).

FTC rules on air ambulance service providers in Hawaii

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 15, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 7 that Air Medical Group and AMR Holdco, two providers of ambulance services, will divest inter-facility air ambulance transport services before completing their proposed merger.

FTC approves Sears' petition to reopen 2009 settlement order

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 28 that it has approved a petition by Sears Holding Management requesting that the FTC reopen and modify an earlier order settling allegations that Sears had failed to disclose how much personal information was obtained from consumers who downloaded the company’s software app.

FTC issues report recommending mobile device manufacturers improve security updates

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 28 the issuance of a report that recommends mobile device manufacturers consider taking steps to improve security updates for users.

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