FTC Obtains Court Orders Against Telemarketing Scheme That Falsely Pitched Money-Making Opportunities and Grants

The operators of a telemarketing scheme that pitched phony business and grant opportunities have agreed to be banned from those lines of business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which alleged that they targeted seniors, veterans, and debt-laden consumers with the scam. According to an FTC complaint filed in October 2016, the defendants […]

FTC Obtains Court Order Against Telemarketing Scheme that Preyed on Spanish-Speaking Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has ended an operation whose telemarketers in Peru used deceptive and abusive tactics to sell products for learning English to Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States. A federal court issued a default judgment resolving FTC charges brought in February 2017, alleging that the defendants sold various products and threatened to sue, […]

FTC Obtains Court Order: Debt Collector Banned from Debt Collection Business

The final defendant in a debt collection scheme that illegally threatened to arrest or sue consumers and harassed their friends, family members and employers is banned from debt collection activities under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement resolves an FTC complaint filed in May 2015, alleging that Anthony Coppola and his co-defendants […]

FTC Requires Mars to Divest 12 Veterinary Clinics as a Condition of Acquiring Pet Care Company VCA Inc.

Mars, Incorporated has agreed to divest 12 veterinary clinics around the United States that provide specialty and emergency services to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Mars’s $9.1 billion acquisition of pet care company VCA Inc. would violate federal antitrust laws. Under the proposed consent order, Mars is required to divest each of the 12 […]

FTC Final Order with Baxter International and Claris Lifesciences Preserves U.S. Competition for the Injectable Drugs Intravenous Fluconazole and Intravenous Milrinone

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order designed to remedy the anticompetitive effects resulting from Baxter’s proposed $625 million acquisition of Claris’ injectable drugs business. As announced in July 2017, the complaint alleges Baxter’s proposed acquisition would likely reduce current competition in the U.S. market for the antifungal […]

FTC Charges Debt Collection Operation Took Consumers’ Money for Phantom Debts

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a North Carolina debt collection operation with using intimidation and deception to take money from consumers for debts they did not owe, or that the defendants had no right to collect. A federal court temporarily halted the scheme and froze its assets at the request of the FTC, which […]

Operator of Online Tax Preparation Service Agrees to Settle FTC Charges That it Violated Financial Privacy and Security Rules

The operator of a Georgia-based online tax preparation service has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it violated federal rules on financial privacy and security. In its complaint against TaxSlayer, LLC, the FTC alleged that malicious hackers were able to gain full access to nearly 9,000 TaxSlayer accounts between October 2015 and December […]

Court Holds Terrason Spinks and Jet Processing Inc. Liable for $280 Million in Consumer Harm Caused by the IWorks Scheme

Following a trial, a federal court has found Terrason Spinks and his company, Jet Processing Inc., liable for more than $280 million in consumer harm caused by the IWorks scheme. IWorks’ online marketing campaigns falsely claimed that federal grants for personal needs were generally available to consumers, and that people who used its money-making product […]

FTC Announces Refund Process for Victims of Deceptive Tech Support Operation

The Federal Trade Commission is sending email notices to people who are eligible for partial refunds from a tech support scheme. The operators agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations that they deceived hundreds of thousands of people. Eligible consumers bought tech support products and services between April 2012 and November 2014 from Advanced […]