Victims of Suntasia Telemarketing Scam Sent Second Round of Redress Checks

Starting today, a second round of reimbursement checks will be mailed to consumers nationwide who were victimized by a fraudulent telemarketing scheme operated by Suntasia Marketing in Largo, Florida. An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission will send approximately $5.7 million to consumers who were charged for one or more Suntasia programs, with the […]

At FTC’s Request, Court Permanently Shuts Down Massive Cramming Operation; Orders Defendants to Refund Almost $38 Million in Unauthorized Charges Placed on Consumers’ Phone Bills

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has permanently shut down the illegal operations of a firm that placed bogus charges on the telephone bills of thousands of small businesses and consumers for Internet-related services they never agreed to buy. The court has barred the defendants from charging consumers’ telephone […]

FTC Staff Expresses Support for Proposed Modification to New Jersey Gasoline Pricing Law; FTC Approves Modified Final Order Settling Charges that PepsiCos Acquisition of Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas was Anticompetitive

FTC Staff Expresses Support for Proposed Modification to New Jersey Gasoline Pricing Law The staff of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Economics, and Bureau of Competition has submitted comments to the New Jersey State Senate expressing support for Senate Bill 484, which would modify current law to allow gasoline retailers […]

Victims of Bogus Debt Negotiation Scam to Receive Refund Payments

An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks to 360 consumers who were victims of Innovative Systems Technology doing business as Briggs & Baker, an operation that claimed it could “drastically” reduce consumers’ debt by negotiating directly with creditors. The FTC charged that Briggs & Baker’s ads were false and misleading and […]

FTC Complaint Charges Deceptive Advertising by POM Wonderful

As part of its ongoing efforts to uncover over-hyped health claims in food advertising, the Federal Trade Commission has issued an administrative complaint charging the makers of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements with making false and unsubstantiated claims that their products will prevent or treat heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction. […]

FTC Puts Conditions on Coca-Cola’s $12.3 Billion Acquisition of its Largest North American Bottler

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it will require The Coca-Cola Company to restrict its access to confidential competitive business information of rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a condition for completing Coca-Cola’s proposed $12.3 billion acquisition of its largest North American bottler, which also distributes Dr Pepper Snapple carbonated soft drinks. Under a […]

Per Congress, FTC Rescinds Regulations on Smokeless Tobacco, Authority to Move to HHS

In the wake of legislation passed by Congress last year, the Federal Trade Commission will rescind its regulations governing the format and display of health warnings on smokeless tobacco packages and advertising. The FTC was given the authority to issue these regulations under the Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act of 1986, which also directed […]

FTC Chairman Leibowitz and Commissioner Kovacic to Speak at Fordham International Antitrust Law Conference on September 23 and 24

For Your Information September 23, 2010 Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and Commissioner William E. Kovacic will speak at the Fordham Law 37th Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy on September 23 and 24, 2010, which is being held at the McNally Amphitheater in New York City. Chairman Leibowitz will participate in […]

FTC Testifies about Consumer Protection Issues Arising from Coins and Precious Metal Investments

In testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission described how scam artists are “putting a new twist on an old scam” – touting coins and precious metals as low-risk, high-yield investments to hedge against the economic downturn and fears of a declining U.S. dollar. The Commission also unveiled three new […]

Victims of Data Breach to Receive Redress Checks

An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks to 14,023 consumers who were victims of ChoicePoint’s alleged failure to implement a comprehensive information security program to protect consumers’ personal information, as required by a previous court order. As a result, in the spring of 2008, an unauthorized person accessed its database and […]