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Jul 23, 2014, 12:42 ET

Federal and State Agencies Stop Phony Mortgage Relief Schemes

The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against six mortgage relief operations charging that defendants preyed on distressed homeowners by...

Jul 18, 2014, 15:01 ET

FTC Publishes Official Rules for Zapping Rachel Robocall Contest

In its ongoing efforts to eradicate robocallers like "Rachel From Cardholder Services," the Federal Trade Commission announced the official rules...

Jul 10, 2014, 12:53 ET

FTC Alleges Amazon Unlawfully Billed Parents for Millions of Dollars in Children's Unauthorized In-App Charges

 Amazon.com, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children,...

Jul 01, 2014, 14:05 ET

FTC Alleges T-Mobile Crammed Bogus Charges onto Customers' Phone Bills

In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of...

Jun 30, 2014, 15:22 ET

L'Oreal Settles FTC Charges Alleging Deceptive Advertising for Anti-Aging Cosmetics

Cosmetics company L'Oréal USA, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising about its Lancôme...

May 27, 2014, 11:00 ET

FTC Recommends Congress Require the Data Broker Industry to be More Transparent and Give Consumers Greater Control Over Their Personal Information

In a report issued today on the data broker industry, the Federal Trade Commission finds that data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of...

Jan 15, 2014, 12:00 ET

Apple Inc. Will Provide Full Consumer Refunds of At Least $32.5 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Charged for Kids' In-App Purchases Without Parental Consent

Company Also Will Modify its Billing Practices Under FTC Settlement Apple Inc. has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a...

Jan 13, 2014, 10:30 ET

FTC, Florida Attorney General Sue to Halt Operation that Used Robocalls to Fraudulently Pitch Medical Alert Devices to Seniors Nationwide

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Florida Attorney General, a U.S. district court has temporarily halted and...

Jan 09, 2014, 12:00 ET

FTC Announces Sweep Against 10 Auto Dealers

'Operation Steer Clear' Drives Home That Auto Ads Must Be Truthful  The Federal Trade Commission announced today that nine auto dealers...

Aug 21, 2013, 10:47 ET

Jesta Digital Settles FTC Complaint it Crammed Charges On Consumers' Mobile Bills in Using 'Scareware' and Novel Billing Method

Company Will Provide Refunds to Consumers, Pay $1.2 Million to FTC Global mobile marketer Jesta Digital, LLC, will provide refunds to a large...

Aug 15, 2013, 12:15 ET

Certegy Check Services to Pay $3.5 Million for Alleged Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Furnisher Rule

Penalty is Second-largest in a Fair Credit Reporting Act Matter Certegy Check Services, Inc., one of the nation's largest check authorization...

Jul 09, 2013, 11:00 ET

World's Largest Debt Collection Operation Settles FTC Charges, Will Pay $3.2 Million Penalty

Largest Civil Penalty Ever Obtained by the FTC Against a Third-party Debt Collector The world's largest debt collection operation, Expert...

Jun 06, 2013, 13:00 ET

FTC and Dozens of Law Enforcement Partners Halt Travel and Timeshare Resale Scams in Multinational Effort

The Federal Trade Commission today announced 191 actions to stop fraudulent operations hawking timeshare property resale services and travel...

Apr 02, 2013, 11:00 ET

FTC Announces Robocall Challenge Winners

Proposals Would Use Call Filter Software to Reduce Illegal Calls  The Federal Trade Commission announced that judges for the FTC...

Mar 07, 2013, 11:30 ET

FTC Cracks Down on Senders of Spam Text Messages Promoting "Free" Gift Cards

Defendants Were Responsible for More than 180 Million Spam Text Messages The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on affiliate...

Feb 26, 2013, 10:45 ET

FTC Releases Top 10 Complaint Categories for 2012

Identity Theft Tops List for 13th Consecutive Year in Report of National Consumer Complaints Identity theft is once more the top complaint...

Feb 11, 2013, 09:00 ET

In FTC Study, Five Percent of Consumers Had Errors on Their Credit Reports That Could Result in Less Favorable Terms for Loans

Consumers Should Check Their Credit Reports for Free Using AnnualCreditReport.com  A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit...

Feb 01, 2013, 10:00 ET

Path Social Networking App Settles FTC Charges it Deceived Consumers and Improperly Collected Personal Information from Users' Mobile Address Books

Company also Will Pay $800,000 for Allegedly Collecting Kids' Personal Information without their Parents' Consent The operator of the Path...

Feb 01, 2013, 09:45 ET

FTC Staff Report Recommends Ways to Improve Mobile Privacy Disclosures

Recommendations Would Help Build Trust in the Mobile Marketplace, Agency Says The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's chief privacy...

Jan 03, 2013, 13:18 ET

Google Agrees to Change Its Business Practices to Resolve FTC Competition Concerns In the Markets for Devices Like Smart Phones, Games and Tablets, and in Online Search

Landmark Agreements Will Give Competitors Access to Standard-Essential Patents; Advertisers Will Get More Flexibility to Use Rival Search Engines...

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