FTC Returns Money to Consumers in Phantom Debt Collection Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks totaling $16,428.74 to consumers harmed by an operation that used deception and threats to collect payday loan “debts” the consumers did not owe. In February 2012, the FTC charged American Credit Crunchers LLC and its owner, Varang Thaker, with victimizing consumers who had received or inquired about online […]

FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition for Bulk Volumes of Hawaii-grade Gasoline Blendstock

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Par Petroleum Corporation’s $107 million acquisition of Koko’oha Investments, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Mid Pac Petroleum, LLC would likely be anticompetitive. Under the order, first announced in March 2015, Par was required to terminate its storage and throughput rights […]

FTC Returns $3 Million to Consumers in Cactus Juice Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing almost 500,000 checks totaling approximately $3 million to consumers who lost money to diet supplement marketers who made unsupported claims that their cactus-based fruit drink, Nopalea, would treat a variety of health problems. In July 2014, the FTC settled charges against TriVita Inc. for using unsupported product claims to […]

FTC Launches New Resource for Identity Theft Victims

The Federal Trade Commission has launched IdentityTheft.gov, a new resource that makes it easier for identity theft victims to report and recover from identity theft. A Spanish version of the site is also available at RobodeIdentidad.gov. The new website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process and helps them understand which […]

FTC Challenges Marketers’ Baseless Claims That Their Supplements Prevent or Reverse Gray Hair

Two marketers of dietary supplements have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made unfounded claims that their products could prevent or reverse gray hair. The agency is pursuing legal action in court against a third company for making similar claims. Under settlements with the FTC, GetAwayGrey, LLC and its president Robin Duner-Fenter, […]

FTC Charges Marketers with Misleading Claims That Their Supplement Causes Weight Loss, Fat Loss, and Increased Metabolism in Women Over Forty

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a federal court complaint seeking to prohibit Lunada Biomedical, Inc. and its principals from advertising that their dietary supplement Amberen causes substantial weight loss for women over 40, and that the weight loss is clinically proven. Between 2010 and 2013, Lunada sold almost $65 million worth of Amberen nationwide. […]

FTC Staff Urges Michigan Legislature to Repeal Ban on Direct-to-Consumer Sale of Motor Vehicles by Auto Manufacturers

Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted comments to Michigan State Senator Darwin L. Booher in response to his request for a comment on the possible competitive effects of a legislative proposal creating an exception to current law that prohibits automobile manufacturers from selling new vehicles directly to consumers. The comment, submitted by staff of the […]

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Support U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Efforts to Increase the Quality of Granted Patents

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in response to the PTO’s comprehensive initiative to increase the quality of granted patents. The PTO initiative focuses on excellence in work products, measuring patent quality, and customer service. The comments, submitted jointly […]

Katherine Race Brin Appointed FTC Chief Privacy Officer

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced that Katherine Race Brin will serve as the FTC’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), succeeding Peter Miller. “I am very pleased to announce Katie Race Brin’s appointment as the FTC’s new Chief Privacy Officer,” Ramirez said. “Katie has served as Acting CPO since December 2014; it’s an important role, […]

Undercover Inspections of Funeral Homes in Six States Prompt Compliance with Funeral Rule Disclosure Requirements

Investigators working undercover in six states found failures to disclose pricing information to consumers, as required by the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule, in 27 of the 100 funeral homes they visited during 2014. All but two of the 27 homes have agreed to enter the Funeral Rule Offenders Program (FROP). The FTC conducts undercover […]