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FTC Puts 'Deceptive' Prepaid Calling Card Operator on Hold

A prepaid calling card company accused by the Federal Trade Commission of deceiving customers has been slapped with a court order preventing its illegal practices while it faces an FTC lawsuit. Millennium Telecard Inc., the FTC charged,...Show More Summary

Feds Sue "Winning in the Cash Flow Business" Infomercial Huckster

The mastermind behind a get-rich-quick scheme whose infomercials lured hundreds of thousands of victims is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission for defrauding consumers. Russell Dalbey, CEO and founder of the company behind the...Show More Summary

'Free' vacations, lines of credit: Your weekly ScamWatch

Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. ‘Free’ vacations –- The Federal Trade Commission is suing a company it said preyed on the Spanish-speaking community by charging fees for vacation packages that victims...

FTC Plans New Online-Ad Rules

The Federal Trade Commission has begun soliciting public comment on how it should revise more than decade-old guidelines that translate federal advertising laws to the Internet, as the agency moves to more aggressively police digital ads.

A monumental core building in need of recycling

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the Federal Trade Commission’s headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1930s, he noted both the historic significance of the act and the cost savings. Roosevelt said it...Show More Summary

Debt Relief Scams Shut Down by FTC

Two operations that used robocalls to peddle bogus debt-relief plans to consumers with high credit card interest rates have been shuttered by the Federal Trade Commission. Advanced Management Services NW LLC and Dynamic Financial Group...Show More Summary

Help The FTC Update Its Guidance For Internet Advertisers

The Federal Trade Commission has announced plans to update its "Dot Com Disclosures," the guidelines it uses to tell businesses how federal advertising laws apply to the internet. The document was originally published in 2000, and the FTC admits that the "online world has changed dramatically" since then. Show More Summary

FTC Plans New Online-Ad Rules

The Federal Trade Commission has begun soliciting public comment on how it should revise more than decade-old guidelines that translate federal advertising laws to the Internet, as the agency moves to more aggressively police digital ads.

FTC Imposes Conditions on Maine Gas Terminal and Pipeline Deal

After a lengthy review, the Federal Trade Commission has imposed major conditions on a proposed gas terminal and pipeline deal in Maine between ExxonMobil and Canada's Irving Oil, claiming it could have resulted in higher gas prices for consumers. In...

Online Fraudsters Fined $3.7 Million for Violating Court Order

A pair of serial scammers have been cited for contempt and fined more than $3 million by a federal judge for defying a 2008 court order settling a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit. The contempt order was filed at the request of the FTC...Show More Summary

AMA: Key Modifications Needed So Physicians Can Lead, Participate In ACOS

The American Medical Association (AMA) today submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) on their proposed policy regarding antitrust enforcement of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).Show More Summary

After a Decade, FTC Announces Plans to Update Online Advertising Guidelines

It’s been 11 years since the Federal Trade Commission issued guidelines for online advertising, which by today's standards makes them practically ancient. The agency today announced it plans to update its 2000 guidelines, "Dot Com Disclosures: Information About Online Advertising,"...

Report: NADA and banks working to curb new federal oversight efforts

In 2010, the Federal Trade Commission received 1,339,265 complaints. According to the National Automobile Dealer's Association, less than one percent of those complaints were related to new or used auto sales. That relatively low number...Show More Summary

Feds Sue Big Oil Traders for Goosing Prices

Federal regulators have charged a pair of big-time traders and their firms with illegally manipulating oil prices during the 2008 oil crisis. According to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the firms made $50 million in “unlawful profits” by hoarding nearly two-thirds of the oil available in one major US trading...

Google’s AdMob becomes more tablet-friendly

It has been almost exactly a year since Google finally closed its deal to acquire mobile ad network AdMob (following a long review by the Federal Trade Commission). to celebrate the anniversary the company is announcing three significant...Show More Summary

FTC Challenges Pay-To-Delay In Court Filing

Once again, the US Federal Trade Commission is trying to thwart pay-to-delays deals and its latest effort is a brief in which the agency has asked an appeals court to reverse a lower court ruling that sanctioned a settlement between Schering-Plough and two generic drugmakers - Upsher Smith and ESI, which was a division of [...]

FTC Challenges Pay-to-Delay Drug Deal in Rare Amicus Filing

The Federal Trade Commission has filed an amicus brief in a class action that questions whether brand name drug companies can pay generic rivals to stay out of the market until a patent expires. According to the FTC, which files...

POM Wonderful vs. the FTC: what this is about

On May 24, an administrative law judge will deal with the matter of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) complaints that health claims made for POM Wonderful pomegranate juice are unsubstantiated by science. To review:  last September, the FTC complained that the company was advertising its juice with unsubstantiated claims like these: Clinical studies prove that [...]

Religious Billboards Not Quite Accurate About World's End

Dear Federal Trade Commission, National Advertising Division: I'm writing to complain about a billboard campaign by an evangelic group asserting that the apocalypse would arrive on May 21, 2011. Clearly, this is a case of false advertising,...Show More Summary

Free trial offers, investment scams, shady movers: Your weekly ScamWatch

‘Free’ trial offers -- The Federal Trade Commission has accused an Alberta, Canada, man and several companies of defrauding consumers of more than $450 million by luring them into “free” trial offers and then charging them for products or services...

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