FTC, Partners Kick Off Military Consumer Month 2020

The Federal Trade Commission and its federal, state, and local partners will participate in Military Consumer Month 2020, a month-long education effort that provides resources for military communities. This year’s focus is on avoiding scams related to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). “Servicemembers face many of the same pandemic challenges as civilians, but military families also […]

FTC Data Shows Record Surge in Online Shopping Complaints During Pandemic

Newly released data show that since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, consumers have complained to the Federal Trade Commission in record numbers about problems related to online shopping. The FTC’s latest Consumer Protection Data Spotlight shows that in April and May, the FTC received more than 34,000 complaints from consumers related to online shopping. […]

Data Center Company Settles FTC Privacy Shield Case

An operator of secure data centers has settled Federal Trade Commission allegations that it misled consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and failed to adhere to the program’s requirements before and after allowing its certification to lapse. As part of the proposed settlement, NTT Global Data Centers, Inc., formerly known as RagingWire […]

FTC and DOJ Issue Antitrust Guidelines for Evaluating Vertical Mergers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ” or “Department”) issued today new Vertical Merger Guidelines that outline how the federal antitrust agencies evaluate the likely competitive impact of vertical mergers and whether those mergers comply with U.S. antitrust law. These new Vertical Merger Guidelines mark the first time the Department and the […]

FTC Sends Refunds to People who lost Money to Work-From-Home Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission is sending full refunds totaling more than $284,000 to people who lost money to a scheme that used misleading spam emails to lure consumers into buying work-from-home services. The FTC alleged that Effen Ads, LLC and its owners worked with an affiliate marketing network called W4 LLC to promote a work-from-home […]

FTC Requires Casino Operators Eldorado Resorts, Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corporation to Divest Assets in Two Local Markets as a Condition of Merger

The Federal Trade Commission will require casino operator Eldorado Resorts, Inc. to divest casino-related assets in the South Lake Tahoe area of Nevada, and the Bossier City-Shreveport area of Louisiana, to settle charges that Eldorado’s $17.3 billion agreement to acquire Caesars Entertainment Corporation likely would be anticompetitive in those markets. The Commission also will prevent competitive […]

FTC Puts an End to Deceptive Advertising of Light Therapy Device

The marketers of a low-level light therapy device (LLLT) called Willow Curve will have to stop making alleged deceptive claims that the device treats chronic, severe pain and associated inflammation, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. In a complaint filed in federal court, the FTC alleged that the marketers of Willow Curve have […]

FTC and SBA Warn Six Companies to Stop Potentially Misleading Marketing Aimed at Small Businesses Seeking Coronavirus Relief Loans

The Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have sent warning letters to six companies that may be misleading small businesses seeking SBA loans as a result of the coronavirus 2019 pandemic. The letters highlight claims by the companies that could lead consumers to believe the companies are affiliated with the SBA, or […]