FTC Stops Mass Telemarketing Scam That Defrauded U.S. Seniors and Others Out of Millions of Dollars

The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers. On March 18, U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner issued a temporary order to halt the scam. Then, after a hearing on March 27, three defendants agreed to […]

Fandango, Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges that They Deceived Consumers By Failing to Securely Transmit Sensitive Personal Information

Two companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misrepresented the security of their mobile apps and failed to secure the transmission of millions of consumers’ sensitive personal information from their mobile apps. The FTC alleged that, despite their security promises, Fandango and Credit Karma failed to take reasonable steps to secure […]

FTC Chairwoman Releases 2013 Annual Highlights

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez released the agency’s 2013 Annual Highlights today at the Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antirust Law in Washington emphasizing the agency’s work to protect consumers and promote competition during the past calendar year. “The hallmark of our work has been, and will continue to be, […]

FTC Staff Comments on Illinois Senate Bill to Repeal Prohibition on Sunday Auto Sales

Federal Trade Commission staff, in response to a request from State Senator James Oberweis, provided written comments to the Illinois State Senate on the competitive impact of repealing the state’s prohibition on the sale or long-term lease of vehicles on Sundays. The staff comment states that repealing the mandatory Sunday closing provisions of the Illinois […]

How to Submit Your Care Labeling Questions During FTC Roundtable

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a roundtable on its Care Labeling Rule in Washington and invites live webcast viewers to submit questions to moderators online. Staff will live tweet the roundtable and take questions via Twitter, Facebook, and email. The Rule, officially called the Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain […]

FTC Proposes Changes to Fuel Rating Rule

The Federal Trade Commission is proposing changes to its Fuel Rating Rule, which determines the fuel rating that appears on fuel pump labels, how octane levels are calculated, and helps to inform consumers about proper fuel for their vehicles. In 2009, the FTC began a review of the “Rule for Automobile Fuel Ratings, Certification, and […]

FTC Approves Final Order in Case About Apple Inc. Charging for Kids’ In-App Purchases Without Parental Consent

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving FTC allegations that Apple Inc. unfairly charged consumers for in-app purchases incurred by children without their parents’ consent. The settlement was first announced by the Commission in January. In its complaint, the agency alleged that Apple failed to notify parents […]

FTC Charges Two Leading Suppliers of Propane Exchange Tanks with Restraining Competition

The Federal Trade Commission issued an administrative complaint against Ferrellgas Partners, L.P and Ferrellgas, L.P. (doing business as Blue Rhino) and UGI Corporation and AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (doing business as AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange), alleging that they illegally coordinated on reducing the amount of propane in their tanks sold to a key customer. The complaint alleges […]

FTC Issues Updated Consumer Information About Funeral Planning

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has revised two brochures to help consumers make funeral choices, either in advance or at a time of need. Paying Final Respects summarizes consumer rights under the FTC’s Funeral Rule, which helps to ensure that people get information so they can compare prices among funeral homes. […]

FTC Requests Public Comments on SCI’s Application to Approve Sale of Funeral Assets in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to StoneMor L.P. and its Subsidiaries

The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by Service Corporation International (SCI) to sell certain funeral and cemetery assets, as required under the FTC’s December 2013 proposed order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart would be anticompetitive. In total, the proposed order requires the combined SCI/Stewart to divest 53 […]