Trial began on last week for a deceptive advertising suit against DirecTV in which the FTC’s opening statements asked the Court to award $3.95 in damages to consumers.
The FTC announced late last week that it had reached a $100 million settlement with for-profit giant DeVry University over charges that DeVry misled prospective students.
Every few months, the FTC hosts a workshop that raises issues of competition and consumer protection within a particular industry. Generally, following these workshops, the FTC begins to pursue actions against companies focused on by the earlier workshop. It is almost as if the FTC’s workshops serve as a warning that the FTC is about […]
For quite some time, Volkswagen (“VW”) advertised its TDI “clean diesel offerings” as, “Like really clean diesel.” However, we all now know the truth about VW’s ads regarding its clean diesel cars, which is that their ads simply do not stand up to any kind of scrutiny. And now the FTC has decided to enter […]
In the spring of 2015, the FTC sought and obtained a TRO, preliminary injunction, asset freeze, and appointment of a receiver against Sale Slash LLC, a Glendale, California operation that the FTC alleged used millions of illegal spam emails, along with false weight loss claims and fake, unauthorized endorsements from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, to […]
In late October 2015, the FTC hosted a workshop on lead generation entitled “Follow the Lead,” which sought to explore the growing use of online lead generation in various industries, including education. According to the FTC: Lead generation is the practice of identifying or cultivating consumer interest in a product or service, and distributing this […]
In late December 2015, the FTC issued a formal policy statement and accompanying guidelines addressing “native” advertising and deceptively formatted advertisements. Native ads are content designed to promote a company or brand that are formatted by a publisher to look like a normal article online. They usually feature a disclaimer or branding from the sponsor. […]
The FTC has announced that it has settled charges against the creators of a board game funded through a Kickstarter.com campaign.
The FTC has announced it is has settled charges with wet wipe maker Nice-Pak Products, Inc. that it failed to substantiate its flushable claims.
The FTC alleges that the sweepstakes, headed by Mail Tree, Inc., mailed personalized letter falsely telling consumers that they had won large cash prizes.