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Latest Federal Trade Commission Stories

Dieters Beware: Weight Loss Products May Use Deceptive Marketing
2014-01-08 05:37:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most New Year's resolutions include wanting to become healthier, or to lose weight. There are literally thousands of products out there claiming that they can help a person achieve those goals. Not all of them tell the truth, nor do they have ethical practices when advertising. This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a "law enforcement initiative stopping national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to...

2014-01-07 16:25:16

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, SENSA® Products, LLC announced a settlement in connection with a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order on the use of certain advertising claims for the SENSA® Weight-Loss System (SENSA®). The settlement involves no admission of wrongful conduct by the company and does not challenge the product's safety. SENSA® is sprinkled onto foods and designed to help users learn portion control without restricting food...

Flashlight App Developer Settles Dispute Over User Data Collection
2013-12-06 14:16:43

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with app developer Goldenshores Technologies, LLC on charges that its free Brightest Flashlight app improperly collected and shared device and location data with third parties such as ad networks. The settlement includes an immediate "just-in-time" disclosure to inform consumers of the information collected and how it is shared. Goldenshores Technologies became the target of an...

2013-12-04 08:34:28

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the deceptive and unfair way Google displays results from its comparison shopping engine, Google Shopping, in its search results, the nonprofit public interest group said today. "The way that the Internet giant is featuring results from Google Shopping without making it clear that the highlighted results are nothing more than advertisements for...

FTC Signs Off On Nokia-Microsoft Deal Following DOJ Approval
2013-12-03 11:13:13

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Monday the Federal Trade Commission signed off on Microsoft Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Nokia’s mobile devices and services business. This transition was given the nod following approval by the United States Department of Justice. The deal, which first went public in September, is reportedly worth around $7.2 billion, and would allow the Redmond, Washington-based software giant to acquire the largest OEM (original equipment...

2013-11-01 23:00:42

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court against the marketer of HCG Platinum weight-loss products, alleging that the company makes false claims in its advertising, with which it seeks to convince consumers that they can rapidly lose large amounts of weight. Parker Waichman LLP is evaluating cases on behalf of individuals who purchased HCG Platinum Products. New York, New York (PRWEB) November 01, 2013 Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to...

FTC Rules Against Aaron's Franchise In Webcam Spying Case
2013-10-25 15:07:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2011 a Wyoming couple sued rent-to-own chain Aaron's Inc. for installing software on their rental computers which was used to take pictures, spy on their email, and even log keystrokes. Now, the Atlanta-based company has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which includes agreeing to never use the software without customer consent. Before the settlement was reached, it was alleged that Aaron’s knew the...

2013-10-08 12:27:54

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It appears that the FTC is going to increase its scrutiny of hospital mergers. In doing so the FTC should consider the following concerns as expressed by a Washington, DC regulatory watchdog, the Center For Regulatory Effectiveness A Signature Study Which Ties Hospital Mergers To Price Increases Is Inaccurate http://thecre.com/hcf/2013/09/16/a-signature-study-on-hospital-consolidation-violates-the-data-quality-act/ Hospital Mergers...

2013-10-07 08:22:57

MADISON, Conn., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After ad watchdog TINA.org filed complaints about deceptive advertising, the maker of a dietary supplement aimed at children with speech delays has corrected its website and is in the process of amending its product packaging, reports the advocacy group. "This is a victory for consumers,'' said TINA.org Executive Director Bonnie Patten. "We are pleased this company took appropriate action to stop its deceptive marketing that preyed on the...

2013-10-02 23:27:52

For the first time in seventeen years, the Federal government has shut down, subsequently ending all access to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) main site and the Do Not Call List. Scambook, the Internet’s leading consumer advocacy platform, is alerting consumers about this so they can prepare themselves. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 02, 2013 For the first time in seventeen years, the Federal government has shut down, subsequently ending all access to the Federal Trade Commission...