FTC Staff Perspective Recaps Online Event Tickets Workshop

A new paper from the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection provides a look at the information covered in the FTC’s “That’s the Ticket” workshop held in June 2019 on online event ticketing. While this is a challenging time for the live event industry and the online ticket marketplace, FTC staff believes that its […]

FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Warner Bros. to Disclose Payments to Online Influencers

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., settling charges that the company failed to adequately disclose that it paid online influencers to post gameplay videos. According to the FTC’s complaint, announced in July 2016, Warner Bros. deceived consumers during a marketing […]

Court Lifts Suspension of Judgment; Defendant in Text Spam Case Required To Pay $180,000 for Hiding Assets from the FTC

A federal court judge has approved a stipulated order lifting the partial suspension of a $200,000 judgment imposed in an original order settling Federal Trade Commission charges against Vito Glazers, a defendant in a 2014 text spam case. The judge signed a new order requiring Glazers to pay the $180,000 owed on the judgment. The […]

FTC Consumer Protection Staff Updates Agency’s Guidance to Search Engine Industry on the Need to Distinguish Between Advertisements and Search Results

In an ongoing effort to ensure that its guidance for online advertisers stays current with changes in digital media, the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection staff sent letters to search engine companies to update guidance published in 2002 on distinguishing paid search results and other forms of advertising from natural search results. The letters note […]

Operators of Two Bogus Tech Support Schemes Settle FTC Charges

Two operators of alleged tech support scams have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission complaints and give up their ill-gotten gains. Mikael Marczak, doing business as Virtual PC Solutions, and Sanjay Agarwalla were among the subjects of a series of six complaints filed by the FTC last September as part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts […]

At FTC’s Request, Court Halts Repeat Offenders Most Recent Scam

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court in Las Vegas, Nevada, has issued an injunction appointing a receiver and freezing the assets of a bogus prize-promotion scheme that was run by a repeat offender whom the agency first stopped from making deceptive telemarketing pitches 15 years ago.  The March 5 court order […]