Officials From the U.S., Canada and Mexico Participate in Trilateral Meeting in Mexico City to Discuss Antitrust Enforcement

The heads of the antitrust agencies of the United States, Canada and Mexico met today in Mexico City to discuss their ongoing work to ensure effective antitrust enforcement cooperation in our increasingly interconnected markets. Participants in the trilateral meeting, from left: Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer (Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division), President Alejandra Palacios Prieto […]

FTC Staff Expresses Concern that Antitrust Exemptions for Health Care Collaborations in Oregon Senate Bill 231A Could Harm Competition

In a letter to Oregon State Senator Chip Shields, Federal Trade Commission staff expressed concern that a broad antitrust exemption proposed in Oregon Senate Bill 231A for health care collaborations is unnecessary because antitrust law already permits such efforts that benefit consumers. While staff commended the underlying goal of the bill – to study and […]

Court Finds Defendants in FTC’s Treasure Your Success “Rachel Robocalls” Case Liable for $1.7 Million

Universal Processing Services (UPS) of Wisconsin, LLC, a payment processor, and telemarketer Hal E. Smith and his company HES Merchant Services Company, Inc. (HES), defendants in the Federal Trade Commission’s case against a deceptive robocall credit card interest rate reduction scheme, were jointly ordered to pay $1,734,972 to the Commission by a Florida district court. […]

FTC and State Attorneys General to Announce Action on a Major Consumer Fraud Case

The Federal Trade Commission will host a press conference at its headquarters in Washington, DC, today at noon ET to announce action on a major consumer fraud case that impacted consumers across the nation. Senior FTC officials and state law enforcement officials involved in the case, as well as a representative of the Better Business […]

FTC, All 50 States and D.C. Charge Four Cancer Charities With Bilking Over $187 Million from Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming […]

FTC Requests Bankruptcy Court Take Steps to Protect RadioShack Consumers’ Personal Information

In a letter to the court-appointed consumer privacy ombudsman in the bankruptcy case of the electronics retailer RadioShack, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich recommended conditions the court could place on the sale of consumers’ personal information to protect their privacy. According to the letter, substantial amounts of personal data collected by RadioShack, […]

FTC, Georgia NAACP to Host Free Community “Scam Jam” in Atlanta on May 19

The Federal Trade Commission and the Georgia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a free, public event in Atlanta on Tues., May 19, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m. to discuss consumer issues affecting people in Georgia. Billed as an evening to empower Georgia consumers, the community “Scam Jam” includes information […]

Wet Wipe Manufacturer Agrees To Substantiate “Flushability” Advertising Claims under Settlement with FTC

Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Nice-Pak Products, Inc., a manufacturer of wet wipes, has agreed to stop advertising moist toilet tissue as flushable unless it can substantiate that the product is safe to flush. Similarly, Nice-Pak agreed to not claim that its moist toilet tissue is safe for sewer and septic tanks […]

FTC Chairwoman Ramirez Testifies Before House Judiciary Subcommittee On Antitrust Enforcement and Priorities to Promote Competition and Protect Consumers

In testimony presented to a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee the Federal Trade Commission described its ongoing efforts to promote competition that benefits consumers and businesses in key sectors of the economy. Testifying on behalf of the FTC before the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said that “for […]

FTC Approves Final Consent in Deceptive Auto Add-On Case

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order with a company that deceptively advertised its add-on biweekly auto payment plan. National Payment Network, Inc. (NPN) is required to issue $1.5 million in consumer refunds within 30 days of service of the order, and will waive another $949,000 in fees […]