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Consumers Lost $1.7B To Scams In 2014, Imposter Crimes On The Rise

For the 15th consecutive year, identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s list of top consumer complaints. But its reign could be coming to an end following a significant increase in the number of scams in which con artists...Show More Summary

A Dividend Aristocrat Gets a Red Light From the Feds

The Federal Trade Commission attempts to halt Sysco's long-gestating plan to buy rival US Foods.

Identity Theft Tops Consumer Complaints for 2014 - US Trade Commission

The US Federal Trade Commission reported that the identity theft had topped the Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year.

Feds & NY Attorney General Team Up To Sue Abusive Debt Collectors

Just like one of those action movies where a federal agent gets paired up with a small-town sheriff who knows all the bad guys in the area, the Federal Trade Commission has brought its crackdown on abusive debt collectors to New York and partnered with the Empire State’s attorney general to shut down a pair of unsavory operators. The FTC … [More]

The most common consumer complaints

The Federal Trade Commission is warning people to beware these financial and other scams

Ericsson unloads legal barrage against Apple in ongoing patent licensing dispute

Mobile systems heavyweight Ericsson plans to escalate its patent licensing case against Apple with a salvo of federal lawsuits and U.S. International Trade Commission complaints, requesting both damages and injunctions against the Cupertino company's devices.

US Trade Commission Targets Illegal Debt Collections in New York State

US Federal Trade Commission and the New York State Attorney General’s Office filed complaints to shut down two illegal debt collection operations in New York state.

Privacy advocates want the FTC to investigate Samsung's smart TVs

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wasn't convinced when Samsung explained that its smart TVs aren't actually eavesdropping on people. In fact, the privacy group has just asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the Sou...

Today Among Our Benevolent Local Overlords

From the statement of facts in Kennedy’s opinion for the Court today in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission: In the 1990’s, dentists in North Carolina started whiten­ing teeth. Many of those who did so, including 8 of the Board’s 10 members during the period at issue in this case, earned […]

What is an Unfair Business Practice? Commissioner Wants FTC to Vote

A conservative member of the Federal Trade Commission is pushing the agency to clarify how it will use its powers to police unfair business practices. Commissioner Joshua Wright in a speech Thursday called for an FTC vote that wouldShow More Summary

Revenge Porn Dude Wants His Personal Info Removed From Internet Lolol

Irony is when a guy profiting from revenge porn demands that Google remove his "identity" from their search engines pointing to stories about how the Federal Trade Commission is shutting him down. LOLNO. Read more...

FTC’s Power to Investigate Settlements

by Dennis Crouch The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) monitors litigation settlements for their potentially anti-competitive results.  Most settlements are kept confidential by the parties, but certain settlements are automatically required to be submitted for review and, in any event, the FTC has subpoena power. Show More Summary

Cancer-detecting apps diagnosed with terminal case of bullshit

Want to know if that nasty mole on your shoulder is cancerous? There’s an app for that! Errr… Actually, no. No, there’s not. The Federal Trade Commission announced today that apps like Mole Detective and Mel App that are marketed as … Read more ›

No, These Apps Can't Detect Cancer. Just Stop.

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A slew of apps have cropped up touting the ability to diagnose any number of diseases over the past few years, and now thanks to the federal trade commission, at least two of them will have to stop. Because science isn't backing up any of it. Read more...

FTC Takes Aim at Unscrupulous Mobile App Marketers

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission stood up to marketers deceptively claiming their mobile apps could achieve some far-fetched things. Chief among the claims criticized is that the apps in question could possibly detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages. “In two separate cases, marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective have agreed to […]

Feds crack down on melanoma detector apps

The Federal Trade Commission says the apps had no testing to back up that they actually worked as claimed

FTC shuts down skin cancer app scam

last weekTechnology : GigaOM

If you're worried about melanoma, head to the doctor -- not the app store. On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission announced it has cracked down on two companies that charged customers up…

FTC fines marketers of two apps that claim to detect melanoma

last weekHealth : The Checkup

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced two enforcement actions against the makers of two smartphone apps -- "Mole Detective" and "MelApp" -- that claim to be able to detect the symptoms of melanoma simply by snapping a picture of a mole with a smartphone.Read full article >>

First Amendment Trumps FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has a long reach, but its grip is not quite as strong as it was before the D.C. Circuit’s recent opinion in PomWonderful, LLC v. FTC, No. 13-1060, 2015 WL 394093 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 30, 2015). Section 5 of the...Show More Summary

FTC Challenges Sysco Acquisition Of US Foods

Sysco’s in-person meetings with the Federal Trade Commission didn’t have the desired effect. The foodservice supply giant wanted approval for its planned acquisition of competitor U.S. Foods, but the FTC thinks that Sysco wants to gobble up too much of the market. The commissioners voted 3-2 to block the merger. The FTC argues that a merger of the two … [More]

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