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Reading list: empirical evidence about FTC's substantiation standard

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Sungho Cho &Yongjae Kim, Empirical Rationalization of Prior Substantiation Doctrine: Federal Trade Commission v. Reebok & Sketchers, 29 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 55 (2016) (not apparently available online—update that website, Loyola Consumer...Show More Summary

Why Some Stars Are Getting Warning Letters From the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on a segment of celebrity culture that is still relatively new: so-called “influencers.” The New York Post reports that the agency has its sights set on “pop stars, athletes and musicians who promote...

FTC tells ‘influencers’ to quit trying to hide the fact that they’re shilling for brands

The Federal Trade Commission has put dozens of so-called influencers on notice for failing to adequately document the fact that their Instagram and such like posts are in fact thinly veiled ads for which the posters are being generously compensated. Read More

The FTC wants social media stars to stop sneaking in ads on Instagram (FB)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has sent out 90 letters to celebrities, athletes, and other social media stars warning them that they need to clearly show when an Instagram post was sponsored by a brand. This...Show More Summary

Celebs sent 'reminders' by FTC to disclose when they're paid to shill products on Instagram

Federal regulators are putting dozens of celebrities on notice over their sponsored Instagram posts. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it sent more than 90 letters to stars, athletes and brand marketers whom it claims were not clearly labelling paid social media endorsements. Show More Summary

FTC Pushes For More Disclosure Of Sponsored Content On Instagram

For many creators, branded content is a vital revenue stream, but the degree to which influencers disclose their sponsored posts has not always sat well with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In its latest update, the FTC has sentShow More Summary

PSA: Nintendo Switch Has No Emulator; FTC Warns of Scams

When the Federal Trade Commission gets involved with gaming, you might cock an eyebrow as to how informed it is on the topic. In this case, it is 100% right. There is not emulator for the Nintendo Switch, so avoid anything stating otherwise. Lisa...Show More Summary

US Federal Trade Commission warns against Switch emulator scams

You know things are serious when the FTC weighs in. They want you to know that you should stay far, FAR away from any source claiming to have a Switch emulator. If you can't get your hands on a Nintendo Switch gaming system, you may think an emulator is the next best thing. Show More Summary

Billion Dollar Scam Artists' Race Car Operation Is Up For Auction To Pay Off The Feds

last weekVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Level 5 Motorsports’ Scott Tucker and others involved in his payday lending scheme were fined $1.266 billion last October by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive practices. Tucker’s got to pay the feds off somehow, so everything from his race team is going to auction. Read more...

This guy wouldn’t stop robocalling the do-not-call list. Now he’s paying for it.

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

The so-called "ringleader" of a years-long telemarketing scheme must pay at least $65,000 — and possibly up to $2.2 million — after settling with the Federal Trade Commission in a massive lawsuit. The consumer protection agency said Thursday that Justin Ramsey, who was responsible for placing millions of unsolicited telemarketing calls to people on the national do-not-call […]

Agencies: Alaska laws may limit health care competition

Two federal agencies are recommending that Alaska repeal laws that the agencies say may limit competition in the health care market. The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission … Click to Continue »

Amazon Could Owe Parents More Than $70M

If your child racked up purchases in the Amazon Appstore without your permission between 2011 and 2016, the company might owe you some money. The Federal Trade Commission and Amazon settled on a deal Tuesday in which the company will refund parents whose children made in-app purchases without their consent,...

Amazon will refund parents for their kids' in-app spending sprees

Following a three-year-battle with the Federal Trade Commission, Amazon has agreed to refund $70 million worth of in-app purchases made by children of unwitting customers. Read more...

Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases kids made on mobile devices, having now dropped its appeal related to last year’s ruling by a federal judge who sided with the Federal Trade Commission in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon. Show More Summary

Amazon will soon refund your kids’ in-app purchases

Following a three-year long legal tussle, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached an agreement with Amazon to end a case against the company, in which it was accused of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children. Show More Summary

Qualcomm Says FTC has No Claim of Unreasonable Restraint of Trade

Wireless chip giant Qualcomm (QCOM) today filed a motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by the Federal Trade Commission in January, stating that the FTC “fails to state a claim of unreasonable restraint of trade,” and also refuting...Show More Summary

Inequality and the Lake Wobegon Effect

From an interview of F. M. Scherer (Professor Emeritus in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and former chief economist at the Federal Trade Commission) at ProMarket: “Our Efforts to Deal With Tech Firms’ Market Dominance in...

PRIVACY: You may soon have the right to know when you’ve been hacked. Speaking at a panel hoste…

PRIVACY: You may soon have the right to know when you’ve been hacked. Speaking at a panel hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a public-private partnership for online security and privacy, the acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said legislation may soon be on the way. The FTC regulates businesses to protect consumers, […]

L.A. auto dealer group will pay $3.6 million to customers in 'yo-yo' settlement with FTC

Accused of deceiving customers with so-called yo-yo tactics, a big Los Angeles-area car dealer has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Sage Auto Group admitted no wrongdoing, but did agree to pay $3.6 million to customers who said they were victims of a scheme that preys on...

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