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US Antitrust Keeps Watchful Eye On Google, More Probes Possible
2013-04-17 13:03:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Last week a coalition composed of companies like Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle filed a complaint with European regulators about what they believe are Google´s anti-competitive behaviors. In short, the companies believe that Google´s Android is a “Trojan horse” which is used to steer more traffic towards their own sites and services. The FairSearch coalition likely filed their complaint with European...

2013-04-16 12:22:10

Groups Press for New Law to Level Playing Field for Consumers in Rate Hike Cases - Create Utility "Watchdog" Office ALBANY, N.Y., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Yorkers get hit with some of the highest utility bills in the nation, and according to AARP, this is exactly why the utility game needs to change in the Empire State. Today, a group of New York lawmakers, AARP New York, and a broad coalition of consumer groups are proposing legislation to do just that,...

2013-04-12 12:23:36

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fraud Legal Services "FLS" was founded to combine the reach of the Internet with the strength of a traditional law practice to defend consumer fraud victims across the United States. In furtherance of this, FLS was the first Illinois law practice to focus exclusively on the Consumer Fraud Act, the first virtual law office in the US to focus exclusively on consumer protection, and the first law firm to implement an online fraud...

2013-04-02 12:36:26

Proposals Would Use Call Filter Software to Reduce Illegal Calls WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission announced that judges for the FTC Robocall Challenge selected two winners, in a tie for the $50,000 prize for Best Overall Solution to block illegal robocalls. The challenge, designed to help solve this problem by spurring innovation in the marketplace, garnered nearly 800 eligible submissions. Serdar Danis and Aaron Foss will each receive...

2013-03-19 12:20:12

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a Senate hearing on the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways to be held today, Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, will raise concerns about the deal's potential impact on consumers. William J. McGee, travel and aviation consultant for Consumers Union, has noted, "With each mega-merger in the airline industry, we've been told competition will be enhanced and consumers will be better served, and each...

FTC Updates Ad Guidelines For Social, Mobile Media
2013-03-13 15:37:34

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is updating its 13-year old guidelines for online advertising to include mobile ads and ads on social networking sites. Now, ads posted on these sites must also steer clear of any deceptive or unfair messages, just like any other advertisement. The new guidelines, called .com Disclosures, will effect advertisers on Twitter particularly. As there are only 140 characters permitted in each...

2013-03-12 23:03:56

In a recent FTC release, those in their 50s had the most real estate and mortgage complaints of fraud. HomeValue shares tips on how to avoid these scams. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 12, 2013 The Federal Trade Commission released that real estate and mortgage scams were top complaints for 2011-2012. The baby boomer generation, those over 50, had the most fraud issues during this time, according to the FTC. HomeValue.us.org shares how downsizing for older generations may be a cause for...

2013-03-07 12:24:55

Defendants Were Responsible for More than 180 Million Spam Text Messages WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on affiliate marketers that allegedly bombarded consumers with hundreds of millions of unwanted spam text messages in an effort to steer them towards deceptive websites falsely promising "free" gift cards. In eight different complaints filed in courts around the United States, the FTC charged 29 defendants with...

2013-03-03 23:03:33

Scambook, the Internet's leading complaint resolution platform with over $10 million in resolved reported damages, wants to remind the public that National Consumer Protection Week begins Sunday, March 3. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2013 Scambook, the Internet's leading complaint resolution platform with over $10 million in resolved reported damages, wants to remind the public that National Consumer Protection Week begins Sunday, March 3. While Scambook believes that consumer...

2013-03-02 23:00:43

Today, President Obama appointed Edith Ramirez as the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), making her the top Latina with oversight over matters such as consumer protection, fraud prevention, deceptive and unfair business practices, and online privacy protection... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 02, 2013 Today, President Obama appointed Edith Ramirez as the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), making her the top Latina with oversight over matters such as consumer...