Promoters of Phony Debt Reduction Schemes Settle FTC Charges

The Federal Trade Commission charged an Ohio-based company and its owner with fraudulently claiming on 17 websites they operated that consumers could quickly get out of debt by working with one of several debt settlement companies.  The company owner, Ryan Golembiewski, has agreed to a settlement barring the deceptive claims, and to a judgment requiring […]

Federal Trade Commission to Host Robocall Summit Tomorrow

The Federal Trade Commission will host a Robocall Summit tomorrow in Washington, DC.  FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz will provide opening remarks, and will be joined at the event by experts in the fields of law enforcement, telemarketing and telecommunications.  During the last two years the FTC has stopped companies responsible for billions of robocalls that […]

FTC Announces Forum on Protecting Consumers Through Cross-Border Codes of Conduct

The Federal Trade Commission will host a forum on Thursday, November 29, 2012, on using enforceable industry codes of conduct to protect consumers in cross-border commerce.  Such systems, where government entities, businesses, consumer groups and other organizations develop and administer voluntary procedures that govern areas falling outside of traditional government oversight, are becoming increasingly important […]

FTC Issues FY 2012 National Do Not Call Registry Data Book

The Federal Trade Commission today issued the National Do Not Call Registry Data Book for Fiscal Year 2012. The FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry lets consumers choose not to receive telemarketing calls. In its fourth year of publication, the Data Book contains a wealth of information about the Registry for FY 2012 (from October […]

FTC to Host Workshop to Explore Practices and Privacy Implications of Comprehensive Collection of Internet Users Data

The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on December 6, 2012, to explore the practices and privacy implications of comprehensive collection of data about consumers’ online activities. Entities such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs), operating systems, browsers, social media, and mobile carriers have the capability to collect data about computer users across the Internet, beyond […]

FTC Places Conditions on Watson Pharmaceutical’s Proposed Acquisition of Actavis

The Federal Trade Commission will require Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Actavis Inc. to sell the rights and assets to 18 drugs to Sandoz International GmbH and Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc, and relinquish the manufacturing and marketing rights to three others, to settle charges that Watson’s proposed $5.9 billion acquisition of Actavis would otherwise be anticompetitive. The […]

FTC Staff Sends Warning Letters to Online Marketers Claiming to Offer Legitimate Substitutes for International Driving Permits

Nineteen online marketers received letters from the Federal Trade Commission staff warning that they may be breaking the law by selling documents that they are falsely promoting as legitimate substitutes for International Driving Permits. The staff letters say the marketers’ ads may make deceptive claims that violate the FTC Act.  Consumer groups and state and […]

FTC Settlement Bans Marketer from Timeshare Business, Telemarketing

The owner of a telemarketing operation that deceived consumers who were trying to sell their timeshare properties is permanently banned from the timeshare resale and rental business, and from all telemarketing, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.  The settlement followed a court ruling that the company violated the FTC Act and Telemarketing Sales […]

FTC Order Restores Competition in Market for Magnesium Plates for Photoengraving

Magnesium Elektron, a leader in the production of magnesium plates used for photoengraving, has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that its acquisition of rival plate manufacturer Revere Graphics Worldwide, Inc. was anticompetitive and a violation of the antitrust laws.  The proposed order resolves the FTC’s allegations, and restores the competition eliminated by the merger by […]

Statement by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz on Gasoline Price Spikes in California

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz issued the following statement regarding the recent spike in gasoline prices in California: “The Commission is keenly aware of recent gasoline price spikes in California, and fully appreciates the strain that high gasoline prices place on individual consumers who have less money for other necessities, and on the economy […]