Federal Trade Commission Announces Agenda for June 15 Start With Security Event in Chicago

Industry experts will share their tips and insights on how companies can make security a central part of their business at the Federal Trade Commission’s Start with Security event taking place on June 15 in Chicago. FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen will give opening remarks at the event, which is designed to bring together information security […]

FTC Seeks Public Input On Proposed Changes to the Fuel Economy Guide

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Fuel Economy Guide. Adopted in 1975, the Guide (formally, the “Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles”), helps advertisers avoid making unfair and deceptive claims. In 2014, the FTC sought public comment on potential updates to the Guide to reflect current […]

FTC Staff Provides Comment on FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rulemaking

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a comment today with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the FCC’s proposed privacy rulemaking for broadband internet access service providers. In the comment, staff outlines the FTC’s extensive history of privacy enforcement, policy initiatives, and consumer and business education, and it commends the […]

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Sign Antitrust Cooperation Agreement with Peru’s National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice signed an antitrust cooperation agreement today with Peru’s National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI).  The agreement will promote increased cooperation and communication among the competition agencies in both countries.  The agreement was signed in Washington, D.C., by FTC […]

FTC Announces Agenda for June 9 FinTech Forum On Marketplace Lending

Technology experts, consumer advocates, and industry and government representatives will be part of the Federal Trade Commission’s first FinTech Forum event examining marketplace lending and its impact on consumers, taking place June 9. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will give opening remarks at the event, which is designed to bring together perspectives from across the landscape […]

FTC Cracks Down on Debt Relief Schemes Targeting Student Loan and Mortgage Borrowers

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida have taken action against two operations charged with running phony student loan debt relief schemes, and defendants in a similar FTC action brought earlier this year have agreed to a ban on participating in any debt relief business, as part of a consumer protection crackdown to […]

FTC To Host September Workshop On Testing Effectiveness of Consumer Disclosures

The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop on Sept. 15, 2016, to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. The workshop, called “Putting Disclosures to the Test,” is aimed at encouraging and improving the evaluation and testing of disclosures by […]

FTC Testifies Before Congress about Proposed Bills That Address the Agency’s Ability to Protect Consumers and Competition

In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission presented its views on 17 bills Congress is currently considering with respect to the agency’s jurisdiction and operations. Chairwoman Edith Ramirez testified on behalf of the Commission. The testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade […]

Marketers of “Mosquito Shield Bands” to Pay $300,000, Barred from Making Misleading Pest-Control Claims under Settlement with FTC

CORRECTEDThe quote in this release has been updated for clarification. Viatek Consumer Products Group, Inc. and company owner and President Lou Lentine have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made deceptive claims for Viatek-brand Mosquito Shield Bands. The Commission also charged Lentine and Viatek with violating a 2003 administrative order prohibiting Lentine […]

FTC Approves Final Lord & Taylor Order Prohibiting Deceptive Advertising Techniques

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order with national retailer Lord & Taylor, prohibiting it from failing to properly disclose paid native advertising and online endorsements for its products. According to the FTC’s complaint, issued against the company in March 2016, Lord & Taylor deceived consumers by […]