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Humane Society Files Complaint with FDA Against Costco Egg Supplier

The Humane Society of the United States has filed legal complaints with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Hillandale Farms, a Costco egg supplier, has deceived consumers with its poor animal welfare standards and “filthy and unsanitary conditions,” resulting in food safety concerns. Show More Summary

FTC "Operation Ruse Control" Strikes Again At Fine Print In Auto Ads

A nationwide crackdown on fine print in auto ads continues, as the Federal Trade Commission announced settlements with a couple of Las Vegas dealerships earlier this week. In hundreds of cases across the United States and some in Canada, the FTC and other agencies have been taking auto dealerships and [...]

Victims Of Debt Collection Scam To Start Receiving $4M In Refunds From FTC

More than a year after the Federal Trade Commission settled charges with a massive debt collection operation that extorted payments from consumer using false threats, those affected by the deceptive practices are finally seeing a bit of restitution in the form of checks totaling $4 million. The FTC announced today that it is in the process of returning $4 million … [More]

These Could Be The Kickstarters The Feds Go After Next

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission fined Erik Chevalier nearly $112,000 for deceiving the backers of his Kickstarter campaign—a board game titled "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City"—and failing to refund donations after he cancelled the project. It marked the first time the FTC took legal action against a crowdfunding [...]

A credit card interest rate robocaller gets the boot

The Federal Trade Commission and Florida get an outfit that targeted seniors with phony rate cut offers shut down

Sysco Pulling Out of US Foods Buyout After FTC Win

David J. Phillip/AP NEW YORK -- Sysco is scrapping its proposed $3.5 billion buyout of US Foods after a Federal Trade Commission legal victory that temporarily blocked the deal to combine the two food-service companies. The FTC opposed...Show More Summary

Sysco Terminates Deal With US Foods

The move comes after a federal judge sided with the Federal Trade Commission in determining that combining the two companies would harm consumers.

5 Ways Millennials Are In Danger of Bank Fraud

By Lucy Mueller Millennials aren't incredibly worried about bank fraud -- but they should be. According to a 2014 Federal Trade Commission study, 20- to 29-year-olds are the highest reporting group for identity theft, making up a full fifth of complaints across all age brackets. Show More Summary

Snapchat Still May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Snapchat is supposed to have figured out how to live up to its hype. Last year the app for sending "disappearing" photos and messages made sweeping changes in response to a Federal Trade Commission complaint that it had lost user data to hackers, oversold its content's "disappearing" qualities, and violated its own privacy policy. Show More Summary

Social Media Marketers Face New Challenges As FTC Rolls Out New Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission rolled out its latest truth in advertising guidelines. The last time the FTC updated its guidelines for truth in advertising was back in 2010. The new guidelines may precede a crackdown for social media marketing. Show More Summary

FTC Says Some Of Those “Risk-Free Trials” For Skincare Products Are Bogus, Shuts ‘Em Down

Sometimes it’s hard to ignore the lure of a “risk-free trial” when it comes with a product that promises to leave your skin youthful, radiant and as soft as a baby’s bottom. But as the Federal Trade Commission once again reminds us, those deals often come with strings attached and hollow promises. The FTC announced today that at its request … [More]

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On the Web: Before paying with bitcoins… - Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Blog - "In fact, the FTC has received hundreds of complaints involving bitcoins and other virtual currencies. The two most common problems? Online...Show More Summary

Why Kickstarter Should Come With a Warning

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently settled a case against Erik Chevalier, who started a Kickstarter campaign to produce a board game. Chevalier never completed the project, despite rising over $122,000, and never issue a refund to backers.

Judge Halts Sysco’s Proposed Merger With US Foods

The decision is a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, which sued to block the deal on grounds it would lead to higher prices and worse service.

Federal Judge Blocks Formation Of Foodservice Supply Voltron

Sysco and US Foods, the two biggest national foodservice suppliers, want to merge, and the meanies at the Federal Trade Commission won’t let them. Regulators think this merger would be bad for the companies’ customers–and their customers are food service institutions ranging from the most humble snack bars to the fanciest restaurants. Show More Summary

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of FTC Challenge To Sysco And US Foods Merger

A federal judge has sided with the Federal Trade Commission in its bid to block Sysco's $3.5 billion acquisition of competitor US Foods, a mega merger in the foods distribution business.

Uber’s customer tracking under fire

A digital-privacy group has filed a complaint against Uber with the Federal Trade Commission. ||| Washington - Uber Technologies shouldn’t track customers when they aren’t using the ride-sharing application, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission on Monday by a digital-privacy group. Show More Summary

Privacy group asks FTC to limit location, contact sharing in Uber's mobile apps

A non-profit public interest group on Monday filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking it to investigate Uber over policies that could soon add extra contact and location tracking permissions to its ridesharing apps.

FDA & FTC mull homeopathy's future

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Both the UK and Australian governments have issued reports describing homeopathy as bunk, and now the US Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission are holding hearings on the regulation of high-priced sugar-pills. Read the rest

It's about to become a lot harder for telemarketers to spam your phone with robocalls and texts

Everyone knows about the “Do Not Call List,” but the wonderful dream of a spam-free phone life continues to be a sham. Unfortunately, the "Do Not Call List" simply hasn’t worked in the way the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission wanted it to. Show More Summary

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