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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...

2013-02-26 12:31:27

Identity Theft Tops List for 13(th) Consecutive Year in Report of National Consumer Complaints WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Identity theft is once more the top complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission, which has released its 2012 annual report of complaints. 2012 marks the first year in which the FTC received more than 2 million complaints overall, and 369,132, or 18 percent, were related to identity theft. Of those, more than 43 percent related to tax-...

2013-02-15 12:20:51

CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will issue its first-ever report card on electric competition, and alert consumers about troubling reports of potentially fraudulent telephone and door-to-door marketing in Chicago neighborhoods. The news conference is: <blockquote> 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 18CUB Headquarters 309 West Washington St., Suite 800Chicago </blockquote> CUB Executive Director David Kolata will unveil CUB's report...

2013-02-12 12:26:01

WESTBROOK, Maine, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ, IDXX) announced today that the Commissioners of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") have granted final approval of the consent agreement previously reached between the Company and the staff of the FTC Bureau of Competition. The Commission had preliminarily approved the consent agreement in December 2012 and placed the agreement and a proposed draft complaint on public record for comment....

2013-02-12 12:21:36

In the news release, Consumer Groups Call on New York Governor & Legislature for Utility Industry Changes Post-Sandy, issued 12-Feb-2013 by AARP New York State over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that the New York Utility Performance link was incorrect. The correct URL is http://bit.ly/Yo3Uig. The complete, corrected release follows: Consumer Groups Call on New York Governor & Legislature for Utility Industry Changes Post-Sandy AARP, PULP and Others call on...

2013-02-12 12:21:23

AARP, PULP and Others call on State Leaders for Better Oversight & Stronger Consumer Protections in for Utility Ratepayers NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As New York utility companies propose to hit New Yorkers with hundreds of millions of dollars in rate hikes to recover Sandy-related costs, AARP and the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) say it's these kinds of actions that demand change in the industry. Following up on the recommendations made by the...

2013-02-01 12:25:33

Recommendations Would Help Build Trust in the Mobile Marketplace, Agency Says WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's chief privacy agency, issued a staff report recommending ways that key players in the rapidly expanding mobile marketplace can better inform consumers about their data practices. The report makes recommendations for critical players in the mobile marketplace: mobile platforms (operating system providers, such as...

2013-02-01 08:30:46

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog Friday outlined three priorities focused on consumer privacy that must be emphasized by the next chair of the Federal Trade Commission as Jon Leibowitz stepped down from the agency after four years on the job. "Jon Leibowitz made the FTC relevant to consumers during his tenure, though he fell far short on antitrust protection and relied on self-regulation too much," said John M. Simpson, director of the public interest...

2013-01-30 08:36:43

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to ask Congress to pass Do Not Track legislation because "the self-regulatory effort to design Do Not Track is virtually dead in the water." In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, John M. Simpson, the nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group's Privacy Project Director wrote: "Almost a year ago with great fanfare in the media you said a Do Not Track mechanism would...

2013-01-29 20:20:56

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the Jan. 28 announcement that an enforcement action against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) is being initiated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several attorneys general for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme, the Direct Selling Association (DSA) has received numerous inquiries regarding whether FHTM is a member of the Association. "FHTM is not a member of DSA," confirmed President Joe Mariano. Additionally, he stated that "the...