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2014-07-28 12:26:14

Staff Report Details Needed Changes to Protect Consumers From Scams WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report issued today, the Federal Trade Commission staff recommends steps that mobile carriers and other companies should take to prevent consumers from being stuck with unauthorized charges on their mobile phone bills, an unlawful practice known as mobile cramming. The report focuses on the multi-billion dollar business known as carrier billing, which refers...

2014-07-22 12:27:48

Impact on Health Not the Only Issue in Unregulated Industry MADISON, Conn., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers curious about trying e-cigarettes are being swindled in droves by unscrupulous companies advertising free trials and special deals, according to an analysis of nearly 600 consumer complaints to the FTC by advocacy group truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org). The advertising watchdog launched an investigation into the rapidly growing industry after receiving...

2014-07-21 08:22:04

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RouteOne LLC will discuss the forthcoming scrutiny of F&I products by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during a complimentary webinar on July 23, 2014 at 12PM EDT. During the webinar, entitled "CFPB and FTC Update: All About Add-Ons," RouteOne Staff Attorney Joseph Karam and National Business Development Manager Jesse Pappas will discuss the cost of compliance, provide a...

2014-07-18 16:24:54

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its ongoing efforts to eradicate robocallers like "Rachel From Cardholder Services," the Federal Trade Commission announced the official rules for its second robocall challenge, Zapping Rachel. The contest will be held at DEF CON 22 in Las Vegas Aug. 7-10, and offers participants $17,000 in cash prizes for open-source solutions to help build the next-generation robocall honeypot, circumvent or trick a honeypot, and analyze data...

2014-07-10 12:28:39

No Password or Other Indication of Parental Consent Was Required for Charges in Kids' Apps; Internal E-mail Referred to Situation as "House on Fire" WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amazon.com, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint filed today in federal court. The FTC's lawsuit seeks a court order requiring refunds to...

Apple Coaxes FTC Into Probing Google Play Store Purchases
2014-07-10 10:34:34

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earlier this year Apple agreed to a $32.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unauthorized in-app purchases, and apparently the iPhone and iPad maker didn't believe it should be singled out. Politico reported on Wednesday that Apple's top lawyer contacted the FTC about Google, its top competitor in the mobile phone operating system and app market. "I thought this article might be of some interest,...

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2014-07-03 04:58:57

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Wednesday the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon.com is apparently standing its ground and could look to take on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a request that the ecommerce retailer tighten its policies for purchases made by children when using mobile applications. The paper reported that Amazon said in a letter to the FTC that it was prepared to "defend our approach in court." The retailer took this course of action...

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2014-07-02 04:58:50

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused wireless carrier T-Mobile of making hundreds of millions of dollars by charging its customers for bogus services, such as "premium" SMS subscriptions that were never authorized. The FTC alleges that the carrier received as much as 40 percent of the total amount charged to customers content subscriptions that may have included "flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip...

2014-07-01 16:32:30

T-Mobile Was Aware For Years that Charges Were Not Authorized by its Customers WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers. The FTC alleges that...

2014-06-30 16:24:25

NEW YORK, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- L'Oreal USA and the Federal Trade Commission have reached an agreement that will end an inquiry regarding certain advertising claims that were discontinued some time ago. The proposed agreement imposes no monetary penalties and expressly states that L'Oreal USA does not admit any improper advertising practices. The agreement approved today by the Commission is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final approval by the Commission....


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