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Creator Of “Your Baby Can Read” Program Settles False Advertising Charges

Almost exactly two years after the Federal Trade Commission accused the people behind the popular “Your Baby Can Read” training program of making deceptive advertising claims, the product’s creator has finally reached a deal to settle...Show More Summary

Five Below Buys Family Dollar, Creates New Store 'Two Fiddy'

PHILADELPHIA (CAP) - The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed reports that specialty merchandise store Five Below is purchasing the much sought after Family Dollar franchise and opening a new chain of stores under the name Two Fiddy. Show More Summary

The FTC’s Controversial Battle To Force Companies To Protect Your Data

The Federal Trade Commission is hacking the law to become a privacy and security regulator because the U.S. does not otherwise have one.

Berkshire Hathaway agrees to settle U.S. charges on stock deal

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to pay an $896,000 fine to settle U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission that Berkshire violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust law by not telling regulators about the transaction in advance. Show More Summary

NAR said to ask regulators to stop Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia

The National Association of Realtors reportedly wants federal antitrust regulators to block Zillow’s planned acquisition of Trulia, but there are no signs that the Federal Trade Commission plans to intervene. Zillow and Trulia — the two biggest real estate search...

Fitness device makers can sell users' private data: Schumer

Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the Federal Trade Commission to make new rules requiring manufacturers of fitness devices like the bracelet Fitbit to give users a clear chance to opt out of having their data tracked.

One way Herbalife could show it’s not scamming customers

Shares of Herbalife have fallen 23 percent since the company revealed it was under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in March. The company has tried to reassure investors that it is not committing fraud, as its detractors claim, but investors are still worried. There is one strategy it hasn't tried yet that could calm the markets -- if […]

Lawsuit Says Yelp Made Millions Forcing Businesses To Hide Bad Reviews

3 weeks agoTechnology : Valleywag

There have been reports circling of Yelp extorting small businesses for over five years. But those anecdotal stories have never been proven in court. But after the Federal Trade Commission revealed a number of complaints, shareholders are taking the company to court, claiming Yelp artificially inflated the price of stock for its executive's benefit. Read more...

FTC sending $16 million to former American Tax Relief clients. Don't fall for tax relief scams in the first place

Back in February 2013, the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement under with a Beverly Hills, California, company accused of running a nationwide tax relief scam that bilked consumers out of $60 million. Now 18,571 people who paid American Tax Relief (ATR) to reduce their tax debts are getting some of their money back. Show More Summary

FTC Raises Red Flags on Mobile Apps for Shopping

As consumers, you’ve been warned. And the same goes for retailers with mobile apps. A new staff report issued by the Federal Trade Commission finds that many mobile apps for use in shopping “do not provide consumers with important information – such as how the apps manage payment-related disputes or handle consumer data – prior […]

Mobile cramming operator settles with FTC: Surrenders $1.2 million in assets over inability to pay $97 million

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced mobile cramming operator Andrew Bachman has agreed to settle charges by surrendering more than $1.2 million in assets. While the settlement includes a monetary judgment of more thanShow More Summary

FTC busts up $275 million credit card scam, sues the folks behind it

The folks down at the Federal Trade Commission are busy helping all of us these days, whether they're weighing in on patent disputes or forcing firms to help cover your child's lack of parental supervision. Today, the FTC charged several companies...

Ninth Circuit Hits Pause Button on Critical Idaho Hospital Merger

The main course for federal antitrust enforcement appears to be the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to challenge hospital mergers. These efforts hit a snag late last month when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a decision by an Idaho district court to unwind the acquisition of Nampa, Idaho-based Saltzer Medical Group by St. Show More Summary

FTC Gives Wireless Industry Suggestions On How To Not Be Bill-Cramming Jerks

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission sued T-Mobile, accusing the wireless company of making hundred of millions of dollars off of so-called “premium” text-messaging subscriptions that were often never requested by subscribers. Show More Summary

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cell phone charges

last monthTechnology : Post Tech

Not content with suing T-Mobile over its earlier practice of allegedly charging consumers for third-party services they didn't ask for, the Federal Trade Commission is broadening its campaign against "mobile cramming." In a new report Monday, the FTC said that wireless carriers should give consumers the right to block third-party charges and to make sure […]

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cell phone charges

Not content with suing T-Mobile over its earlier practice of allegedly charging consumers for third-party services they didn't ask for, the Federal Trade Commission is broadening its campaign against "mobile cramming." In a new report Monday, the FTC said that wireless carriers should give consumers the right to block third-party charges and to make sure […]

Meet the Woman Trying to Protect You From Silicon Valley

Edith Ramirez is probably not the most popular person in Seattle right now. As the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, she’s currently suing two of the city’s biggest tech companies: Amazon, for allegedly making it too easy for kids to rack up in-app purchases on their parents’ Kindles, and T-Mobile, for allegedly cramming unwanted…

This Republican wants to keep the FTC from regulating data security

House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) thinks the Federal Trade Commission shouldn't be allowed to sue companies for breaches of customer data using its main legal authority. In a hearing Thursday, Issa slammed the agency for using what he called an "unlimited power" under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Section 5 is what gives the […]

This Republican wants to keep the FTC from regulating data security

last monthTechnology : Post Tech

House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) thinks the Federal Trade Commission shouldn't be allowed to sue companies for breaches of customer data using its main legal authority. In a hearing Thursday, Issa slammed the agency for using what he called an "unlimited power" under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Section 5 is what gives the […]

This Banned Captain Morgan’s Ad Doesn’t Seem So Bad

Hear, hear! England's Advertising Standards Authority, an agency akin to the Federal Trade Commission, has come to the aid of poor Facebook users who, besieged by this innocuous-seeming Captain Morgan's ad, couldn't determine if theShow More Summary

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