Defendants Who Helped Blast Consumers with Millions Of Cruise Line Robocalls Settle FTC Complaint

Three individuals and a telephone call center that helped Florida-based Grand Bahama Cruise Line LLC (GBCL) and others to make millions of illegal robocalls to consumers settled a Federal Trade Commission complaint and are permanently barred from making telemarketing robocalls. The FTC will litigate in federal court against GBCL and six other defendants involved in […]

FTC, States Put Remaining Defendants in Massive Caribbean Cruise Lines Robocall Operation in Permanent Dry Dock

The Federal Trade Commission and 10 states have closed the book on the remaining defendants who assisted a Florida-based cruise line company in running an illegal telemarketing campaign that flooded consumers with billions of unwanted robocalls. In settling the charges, Fred Accuardi and his companies are barred from robocalling and illegal telemarketing, as well as […]

Ruling in Favor of Federal Trade Commission, Jury Finds Utah Operation Responsible for Making More Than 117 Million Illegal Telemarketing Calls to Consumers

A federal court jury in Utah delivered a verdict in favor of the Federal Trade Commission against three Utah-based firms and their owner, finding that they engaged in deceptive and unlawful telemarketing campaigns pitching movies, including making more than 117 million illegal calls to consumers, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The […]

FTC Obtains Settlement Permanently Banning Vacation Package Pitchmen from Using Robocalls

An Orlando-based telemarketing company and its owner have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made millions of illegal robocalls and calls to numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry to pitch vacation packages. Because the calls were so cheap to make – less than a cent each – defendants could profitably […]

Settlement with the FTC and Florida Attorney General Stops Operations that Used Robocalls to Fraudulently Pitch Medical Alert Devices to Seniors

A settlement obtained by the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Florida Attorney General permanently shuts down an Orlando-based operation that bilked seniors by using pre-recorded robocalls to sell them supposedly free medical alert systems. The settlement order bans the defendants from making robocalls, prohibits other telemarketing activities, and bars them from making […]

FTC Updates Telemarketer Fees for the Do Not Call Registry as of October 1, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission has announced updated fees starting on October 1, 2014, for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. All telemarketers calling consumers in the United States are required to download the numbers on the Do Not Call Registry to ensure they do not call those who have registered […]

FTC Ends Rulemaking On Caller ID Falsification Issues

After reviewing the public comments received on a December 2010 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the caller identification (Caller ID) requirements of the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), as well as technical presentations at the FTC’s 2012 Robocall Summit, the Commission has closed the proceeding. The FTC has determined that amendments to the […]

FTC Settlement Requires California Company to Halt Illegal Robocalls

A California company that provides voice-over-Internet “voice broadcasting” services has agreed to stop transmitting illegal robocalls to consumers to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The company also will pay a $75,000 civil penalty as part of the settlement. A voice broadcaster is a company that uses computers […]

Federal Trade Commission to Host Robocall Summit Tomorrow

The Federal Trade Commission will host a Robocall Summit tomorrow in Washington, DC.  FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz will provide opening remarks, and will be joined at the event by experts in the fields of law enforcement, telemarketing and telecommunications.  During the last two years the FTC has stopped companies responsible for billions of robocalls that […]

FTC Acts to Halt Medical Plan Scheme that Targeted Vulnerable Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission charged a telemarketing operation with bilking millions of dollars from thousands of consumers by tricking them into buying what they believed was comprehensive health insurance, when in fact they had paid for something decidedly less.  At the FTC’s request, a federal court stopped the defendants from marketing or selling any products […]