FTC Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Fuel Rating Rule; FTC Approves SCI Corporation International Petition to Divest Cemetery and Related Funeral Home to Legacy Funeral Holdings

FTC Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Fuel Rating Rule The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments on proposed changes to its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification, and Posting, commonly known as the Fuel Rating Rule. The rule requires fuel sellers to provide accurate information about gasoline octane, or about the […]

FTC Puts Conditions on PepsiCo’s $7.8 Billion Acquisition of Two Largest Bottlers and Distributors

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it will require carbonated soft drink company PepsiCo, Inc. to restrict its access to confidential business competitive information of rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a condition for proceeding with PepsiCo’s proposed $7.8 billion acquisition of its two largest bottlers and distributors, which also distribute Dr Pepper Snapple […]

Online Privacy and Security Certification Service Settles FTC Charges

ControlScan, a company that consumers have relied on to certify the privacy and security of online retailers and other Web sites, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misled consumers about how often it monitored the sites and the steps it took to verify their privacy and security practices. The settlements will […]

FTC Issues Report of 2009 Top Consumer Complaints

The Federal Trade Commission today released a report listing top complaints consumers filed with the agency in 2009. It shows that while identity theft remains the top complaint category, identity theft complaints declined 5 percentage points from 2008. The FTC is releasing a new animated video showing how people can file a complaint, and offers […]

FTC Amends Free Credit Reports Rule To Help Consumers Steer Clear of Free Offers that Cost Money

Starting April 2, advertising for “free credit reports” will require new disclosures to help consumers avoid confusing “free” offers – which often require consumers to spend money on credit monitoring or other products or services – with the no-strings-attached credit reports available at AnnualCreditReport.com, or 877-322-8228. The Federal Trade Commission’s Free Credit Reports Rule will […]

FTC Announces Second Workshop on the Future of Journalism March 9-10 at Headquarters

The Federal Trade Commission will hold its second two-day workshop on the future of journalism March 9-10, 2010, in Room 432 of the FTC Headquarters at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. The agenda and information about the workshop can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/opp/workshops/news/mar9/agenda.pdf. Consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet for news and information. Advertisers are […]

Widespread Data Breaches Uncovered by FTC Probe

The Federal Trade Commission has notified almost 100 organizations that personal information, including sensitive data about customers and/or employees, has been shared from the organizations’ computer networks and is available on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks to any users of those networks, who could use it to commit identity theft or fraud. The agency also has […]

Statement of Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz on Ending Pay-for-Delay Drug Settlements, Praises Inclusion in Presidents Health Care Proposal

“When drug companies agree not to compete, consumers lose,” said Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “Ending pay-for-delay settlements will help control drug costs. We’re delighted about the President’s resolute support for this bipartisan initiative.” (JDL stmt)

FTC Files Amicus Brief With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Princo Corp. v. ITC; FTC Approves Final Consent Order in Matter of Agrium Inc.s Acquisition of CF Industries

FTC Files Amicus Brief With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Princo Corp. v. ITC The Federal Trade Commission has filed an amicus brief in Princo Corp. v. ITC (No. 2007-1386) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The case involves Princo’s appeal of a decision by the […]

Ticketmaster and TicketsNow Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Sales Tactics, Refunds for Springsteen Concertgoers Provided; FTC Warns Other Ticket Resellers

The Federal Trade Commission today announced it has settled charges that Ticketmaster and its affiliates used deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to sell event tickets to consumers. Ticketmaster has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who bought tickets for 14 Bruce Springsteen concerts in 2009 through its ticket resale Web site TicketsNow, and to be clear about […]