Commission Extends Public Comment Period in Petroleum Industry Marketing Manipulation ANPR Proceeding Until June 23, 2008

Commission extension of public comment period – The Commission today announced the extension of the public comment period related to the Petroleum Industry Marketing Manipulation Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) Proceeding. The comment period will be extended until June 23, 2008. On May 7, 2008, the FTC published the ANPR in the Federal Register […]

FTC Urges Consumers to Use Caution When Seeking a Locksmith

If you’ve ever locked yourself out of your car or home, you know what a hassle it can be.  Your first thought is to get someone to help.  And if that someone ­– a family member, neighbor or friend – can’t deliver a spare set of keys, your next call probably is to a local […]

Commission Approves Retention of Leather Guides in Their Current Form

Commission approval of Federal Register notice – Following a public comment period, the Commission has voted to retain the agency’s Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products, commonly known as the Leather Guides, in their current form. In May 2007, as part of the FTC’s ongoing regulatory review, the agency issued a Federal Register […]

FTC Earns Association of Government Accountants Award for Performance and Accountability Report

The Federal Trade Commission has earned the Association of Government Accountants Certificate of Excellence Accountability Reporting (CEAR) award for its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for fiscal year 2007. “The PAR is more than a compliance document,” FTC chief financial officer Steve Fisher said. “A quality PAR provides a clear and complete picture of an […]

FTC Permanently Halts Pretexting Scheme; Defendants Barred From Obtaining or Selling Consumers Phone Records to Third Parties

The Federal Trade Commission has put a permanent halt to an operation that allegedly obtained consumers’ confidential phone records without their knowledge or consent and sold them to third parties. The defendants are barred from obtaining consumers’ telephone records without their consent and court orders impose judgments on the defendants totaling more than $600,000 – […]

FTC Issues Statement Regarding Solicitor Generals Amicus Brief Filing in Pacific Bell Telephone Company v. linkLine Communications

Today the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has decided not to join an amicus brief filed by the Department of Justice urging the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in Pacific Bell Telephone Company v. linkLine Communications, No. 07-512 (U.S. Sup. Ct., Oct. 17, 2007). The Commission issued the statement in the interests of transparency. […]

FTC Charges Home Buying Consulting Business with Credit Repair Violations

A home-buying consulting business that offers credit repair and home-buying consulting services has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission for alleged federal law violations, including illegally charging an advance fee for credit repair and falsely claiming that they can remove negative information from consumers’ credit reports, even if the information is accurate and […]

Keep Summer Fuel Costs From Burning Your Budget

FTC Provides Tips for Saving Money at the Gas Pump and Cooling Your Home For Your Information May 22, 2008 Memorial Day Weekend unofficially marks the start of summer, with hotter days and family road trips following close behind. Because the costs of cooling your home and filling up your car can add up, the […]

FTCs Bureau of Competition Issues FY 2007 Summary of Pharmaceutical Company Settlement Agreements

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition today issued a summary of agreements filed with the agency in fiscal year 2007 (ending September 30, 2007) by generic and branded drug manufacturers. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 requires drug companies to file certain agreements with the FTC and the U.S. […]

FTC Testifies Before U.S. House Subcommittee on Progress of Credit-Based Insurance Score Study

The Federal Trade Commission today provided Congress with an update on the progress of its study on the use of credit-based insurance scores in homeowners insurance. Insurance companies have increasingly used information about credit history in the form of credit-based insurance scores to decide whether to offer consumers insurance, and if so, at what price. […]