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Oct 13, 2017, 13:16 ET FTC, State Law Enforcement Partners Announce Nationwide Crackdown on Student Loan Debt Relief Scams

The Federal Trade Commission, along with 11 states and the District of Columbia, today announced "Operation Game of Loans," the first coordinated...


Feb 01, 2017, 10:58 ET Federal Trade Commission, Class Action Settlements Require Volkswagen to Repair or Buy Back 3.0 Liter TDI Diesel Vehicles

The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement today that requires Volkswagen Group of America to fully compensate consumers who purchased...


Dec 15, 2016, 12:57 ET DeVry University Agrees to $100 Million Settlement with FTC

DeVry University and its parent company have agreed to a $100 million settlement of a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit alleging that they misled...


Dec 14, 2016, 12:32 ET Operators of AshleyMadison.com Settle FTC, State Charges Resulting From 2015 Data Breach that Exposed 36 Million Users' Profile Information

The operators of the Toronto-based AshleyMadison.com dating site have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission and state charges that they...


Dec 08, 2016, 11:45 ET FTC Providing Over $88 Million in Refunds to AT&T Customers Who Were Subjected to Mobile Cramming

The Federal Trade Commission is providing over $88 million in refunds to more than 2.7 million AT&T customers who had third-party charges added...


Jul 15, 2016, 09:29 ET Herbalife Will Restructure Its Multi-level Marketing Operations and Pay $200 Million For Consumer Redress to Settle FTC Charges

Herbalife International of America, Inc., Herbalife International, Inc., and Herbalife, Ltd. have agreed to fully restructure their U.S. business...


Jul 11, 2016, 12:10 ET Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Adequately Disclose It Paid Online Influencers to Post Gameplay Videos

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc. has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers during a marketing campaign for the...


Jun 28, 2016, 10:48 ET Volkswagen to Spend up to $14.7 Billion to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests and Deceiving Customers on 2.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles

In two related settlements, one with the United States and the State of California, and one with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), German...


Jan 28, 2016, 13:09 ET FTC Announces Significant Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov

For the first time, identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant...


Jan 28, 2016, 12:58 ET GM, Jim Koons Management, and Lithia Motors Inc. Settle FTC Actions Charging That Their Used Car Inspection Program Ads Failed to Adequately Disclose Unrepaired Safety Recalls

General Motors Company, Jim Koons Management and Lithia Motors Inc. have agreed to settle separate Federal Trade Commission administrative...


Jan 27, 2016, 13:37 ET FTC Brings Enforcement Action Against DeVry University

 The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against the operators of DeVry University, alleging that DeVry's advertisements deceived consumers...


Dec 01, 2015, 12:17 ET Tommie Copper to Pay $1.35 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges

 Athletic apparel company Tommie Copper, Inc. and its founder have agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that...


Nov 04, 2015, 12:30 ET FTC and Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Partners Announce Nationwide Crackdown Against Abusive Debt Collectors

 The Federal Trade Commission and other law enforcement authorities around the country announced the first coordinated federal-state...


Jan 27, 2015, 10:52 ET FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies to Adopt Best Practices to Address Consumer Privacy and Security Risks

In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, released today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that...


Dec 19, 2014, 12:00 ET T-Mobile to Pay At Least $90 Million, Including Full Consumer Refunds To Settle FTC Mobile Cramming Case

 T-Mobile has agreed to fully refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges it placed on their phone bills, a practice known as mobile...


Nov 25, 2014, 12:08 ET Sony Computer Entertainment America To Provide Consumer Refunds To Settle FTC Charges Over Misleading Ads For PlayStation Vita Gaming Console

Sony Computer Entertainment America ("Sony") has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with false...


Oct 30, 2014, 12:00 ET FTC Charges Gerber with Falsely Advertising Its Good Start Gentle Formula Protects Infants from Developing Allergies

 The Federal Trade Commission has charged Gerber Products Co., also doing business as Nestlé Nutrition, with deceptively advertising that...


Oct 28, 2014, 13:31 ET FTC Says AT&T Has Misled Millions of Consumers with 'Unlimited' Data Promises

The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its...


Oct 08, 2014, 12:00 ET AT&T to Pay $80 Million to FTC for Consumer Refunds in Mobile Cramming Case

As part of a $105 million settlement with federal and state law enforcement officials, AT&T Mobility LLC will pay $80 million to the Federal...


Sep 17, 2014, 12:05 ET FTC Action Halts Payday Loan Scheme That Bilked Tens of Millions From Consumers By Trapping Them Into Supposed "Loans" They Never Authorized

At the Federal Trade Commission's request, a U.S. district court in Missouri has temporarily halted an online payday lending scheme that allegedly...


Sep 08, 2014, 12:50 ET FTC Sues Pharmaceutical Companies for Illegally Blocking Consumer Access to Lower-Cost Versions of the Blockbuster Drug AndroGel

In its latest action to ensure competition in the nation's healthcare markets, the Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal...


Sep 04, 2014, 12:33 ET Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Unlawfully Billed Parents for Children's Unauthorized In-App Charges

Google Inc. has agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that it unfairly billed consumers for millions of dollars in...


Aug 01, 2014, 10:33 ET FTC Staff Report on Mobile Shopping Apps Found Disclosures to Consumers Are Lacking

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...


Jul 28, 2014, 12:34 ET FTC Recommends Mobile Industry Changes to Combat Mobile Cramming

In a report issued today, the Federal Trade Commission staff recommends steps that mobile carriers and other companies should take to prevent...


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...