FTC Extends Comment Period for Proposed Policy Statement Clarifying How to Collect Decedents Debts

The Federal Trade Commission is extending the public comment period, until December 1, 2010, on a proposed policy statement clarifying when the FTC will take action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the FTC Act against companies who contact the relatives of deceased consumers to collect the decedent’s debts. On October 8, 2010, […]

New Business Center Can Help Boost Compliance with FTC Law

The Federal Trade Commission has a new Business Center at Business.ftc.gov that gives business owners, attorneys, and marketing professionals the tools they need to understand and comply with the consumer protection laws, rules, and guides the FTC enforces. The Business Center provides practical, plain-language guidance about advertising, credit, telemarketing, privacy, and a host of other topics.  A series of short […]

FTC Gets $3.6 Million Judgment Against Companies that Allegedly Debited Money from Consumers’ Bank Accounts Without Permission

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has entered a judgment of more than $3.6 million against a payment processor and its subsidiary that allegedly debited consumers’ bank accounts illegally on behalf of deceptive telemarketers. According to a 2007 complaint filed by the FTC and seven states, Your Money Access, LLC […]

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that Coca-Colas Acquisition of its Largest North American Bottler Was Anticompetitive

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final Order settling charges that The Coca-Cola Company’s $12.3 billion acquisition of its largest North American bottler, which also distributes Dr Pepper brand carbonated soft drinks in specific geographic markets, would have been anticompetitive. The order requires Coca-Cola to limit access to the […]

At FTC’s Request, Judge Imposes Ban on Marketers of Detox Foot Pads

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has banned marketers of Kinoki “Detox” Foot Pads – that would purportedly remove toxins from the body through a person’s feet – from selling a wide variety of products.  The FTC charged that the marketers falsely claimed   the pads could treat numerous illnesses and […]

FTC Names Edward W. Felten as Agency’s Chief Technologist; Eileen Harrington as Executive Director

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz today announced the appointment of Edward W. Felten as the agency’s first Chief Technologist. In his new position, Dr. Felten will advise the agency on evolving technology and policy issues. Dr. Felten is a professor of computer science and public affairs and founding director of the Center for Information […]

FTC Approves Modified Intel Settlement Order

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a modified settlement order resolving charges that Intel Corp. illegally stifled competition in the market for computer chips. The FTC Order will open the door to renewed competition and prevent Intel from suppressing competition in the future. After considering public comments, the FTC modified […]

FTC Fines Online Retailers for Failing to Post EnergyGuide Information for Appliances

Three online retailers have agreed to pay more than $400,000 in total penalties to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they failed to post EnergyGuide information on their websites to inform consumers about the energy use of major home appliances they sell. The agency also notified two other online sellers that it will seek a […]