FTC Action Terminates Nationwide Employment Scam

An operation that allegedly deceived consumers with bogus promises of nonexistent sales jobs will be banned from marketing any employment products or services under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The proposed settlement order against National Sales Group and other defendants resolves FTC charges filed as part of a crackdown on scammers who falsely […]

Under FTC Settlement, Debt Buyer Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million for Alleged Consumer Deception

One of the nation’s largest consumer debt buyers has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it made a range of misrepresentations when trying to collect old debts. In addition, the company, Asset Acceptance, LLC, has agreed to tell consumers whose debt may be too old to […]

FTC Sues to Block Omnicare’s Bid to Buy Rival Pharmacy Provider PharMerica

The Federal Trade Commission issued a complaint to block Omnicare, Inc.’s hostile acquisition of rival long-term care pharmacy provider PharMerica Corporation, alleging that the combination of the two largest U.S. long-term care pharmacies would harm competition and enable Omnicare to raise the price of drugs for Medicare Part D consumers and others. In its complaint, […]

FTC and DOJ To Host Phone Availability on Major Debt Collection Industry Enforcement Action

As part of its continuing effort to protect consumers from financial fraud and keep them informed, the Federal Trade Commission will be joined by the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss a major enforcement action involving the debt collection industry. The Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Assistant Attorney General for […]

FTC to Host Workshop on Mobile Payments and Their Impact on Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on April 26, 2012, to examine the use of mobile payments in the marketplace and how this emerging technology impacts consumers. This event will bring together consumer advocates, industry representatives, government regulators, technologists, and academics to examine a wide range of issues, including the technology and business […]

FTC Permanently Stops Six Operators from Using Fake News Sites that Allegedly Deceived Consumers about Acai Berry Weight-Loss Products

Six online marketers agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that will permanently halt their allegedly deceptive practice of using fake news websites to market acai berry supplements and other weight-loss products. As part of its ongoing crackdown on bogus health claims, the proposed settlements will require that the six operations make clear when […]

FTC Seeks Public Input in Review of Wool Products Labeling Rules

As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comment on the continuing need for, as well as the benefits, costs, and impact of, the Wool Products Labeling Rules. The Wool Products Labeling Rules require labels on wool products disclosing the manufacturer’s or […]

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Healthcare Technology’s Application to Sell SDI Health’s Audit Businesses

The Federal Trade Commission seeks public comment on an application by Healthcare Technology Holdings, Inc., which is requesting approval to sell two audit businesses of SDI Health LLC to inVentiv Health, Inc. A divestiture is required by the final FTC settlement order allowing Healthcare Technology’s subsidiary IMS Health Inc. to acquire SDI Health. According to […]

FTC Announces Revised Thresholds for Clayton Act Antitrust Reviews

The Federal Trade Commission announced it has revised the thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. These filing thresholds are required to be adjusted annually to keep pace with inflation, unlike the pre-merger filing fees, which have not changed in more […]

FTC Action Bans Defendants from Providing Immigration Services

The immigration services business will be permanently off limits to an operation that allegedly posed as the federal government and tricked people into paying up to $2,500 for immigration forms, under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The two settlements resolve charges the FTC filed in January 2011 against Immigration Center and its principals alleging […]