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  • Federal Trade Commission Approves Final Administrative Consent Order Against Amazon for Withholding Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers

    Federal Trade Commission Approves Final Administrative Consent Order Against Amazon for Withholding Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 10, 2021)

    Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final administrative consent order against Amazon, which has agreed to pay more than $61.7 million to settle charges that it failed to pay Amazon Flex drivers the full amount of tips they received from Amazon customers over a two and a half year period.

    According to the FTC’s administrative complaint, announced in February 2021, the company regularly advertised that drivers participating in the Flex program would be paid $18-25 per hour for their work making deliveries to customers. The ads, along with numerous other documents provided to Flex drivers, also prominently featured statements such as: “You
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  • FTC Sends More Than 172 Million Dollars in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing

    Federal Trade Commission Sends More Than $172 Million in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing | site |



    FTC says more than two million consumers will receive refunds from FTC case alleging false promises of “same as cash” payment plans


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) The Federal Trade Commission is returning more than $172 million to consumers who overpaid for merchandise they purchased using rent-to-own plans provided by Progressive Leasing. More than two million consumers will receive refund checks. The FTC’s complaint against the company, filed in April 2020, alleged that Progressive misled consumers about the true price of items purchased through its plans. Consumers who visited retailers to buy items such as furniture, jewelry, or cellphones frequently were told that Progressive’s payment plans were “same as cash” or “no int...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Sues Frontier Communications for Misrepresenting Internet Speeds

    Federal Trade Commission Sues Frontier Communications for Misrepresenting Internet Speeds | site |


    FTC says Company failed to deliver DSL Internet speeds for which consumers paid and were promised


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: May 19, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission, along with law enforcement agencies from six states, sued Internet service provider Frontier Communications, alleging that the company did not provide many consumers with Internet service at the speeds it promised them, and charged many of them for more expensive and higher-speed service than Frontier actually provided.

    In a complaint, the FTC and its state partners allege that Frontier advertised and sold Internet service in several plans, or tiers, based on download speed. Frontier has touted these tiers using a variety of methods, including mail and online ads, and has sold them to consumers over
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  • FTC Returns Nearly 60 Million Dollars to Those Suffering from Opioid Addiction Who Were Allegedly Overcharged in Suboxone Film Scheme

    Federal Trade Commission Returns Nearly $60 Million to Those Suffering from Opioid Addiction Who Were Allegedly Overcharged in Suboxone Film Scheme| site |



    FTC says funds for these payments come from the FTC’s settlements with Reckitt Benckiser Group and Indivior, Inc. who took advantage of their unique market position to scare consumers away from generic Suboxone tablets


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission is sending 51,875 payments totaling more than $59 million to consumers who were victims of an allegedly deceptive scheme by Reckitt Benckiser Group and Indivior, Inc. to thwart lower-priced generic competition with the branded drug Suboxone. The average payment

    Courtesy: Federal Trade Commission
    amount is $1,139. The payments will be mailed...
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  • FTC, CFPB Send Notice Letters to Landlords Regarding Pandemic Eviction Moratorium

    Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Send Notice Letters to Landlords Regarding Pandemic Eviction Moratorium | site |


    Letters remind landlords of their obligations as part of the CDC’s moratorium


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: May 3, 2021)

    The acting heads of the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have sent joint notification letters to the nation’s largest apartment landlords, which collectively own more than 2 million units, reminding them of their obligations under the ongoing national eviction moratorium put in place as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium, which was recently extended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) until June 30, 2021, prohibits evictions in certain circumstances in order to keep people in their homes and prevent the spread of the disease
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  • FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week with Events to Help Consumers Identify Risks of Identity Theft During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Federal Trade Commission marks Identity Theft Awareness Week with Events to Help Consumers Identify Risks of Identity Theft During the COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] information release dated: January 28, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission is launching Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1-5, 2021, with a series of events to highlight steps consumers can take to help reduce their risk of identity theft and recover if identity theft occurs.

    Identity theft happens when someone steals personal information about you such as your Social Security number or credit card information, and uses it to commit fraud. Reports about any type of identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints submitted to the FTC through the third quarter of 2020.
    As part of Identity Theft Awareness Week,...
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  • Statement of Ian Conner, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition

    Statement of Ian Conner, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition

    Statement of Ian Conner, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Regarding the Announcement that The Procter & Gamble Company has Abandoned Its Proposed Acquisition of Billie, Inc. | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: January 5, 2021)

    Following the announcement from Procter & Gamble, Ian Conner, Director of the Bureau of Competition, made this statement:

    “Procter & Gamble’s abandonment of the acquisition of Billie is good news for consumers who value low prices, quality, and innovation. Billie is a direct-to-consumer company whose advertising targets customers who are tired of paying more for comparable razors. The FTC voted to challenge this merger because it would have eliminated dynamic competition from Billie.”

    On Dec. 8, 2020, the Commission voted 4-1 to file an administrative complaint and authorize staff to seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction
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  • FTC Alleges Mobile Banking App Misled Users About Access to Their Funds, Failed to Deliver on Promised High Interest Rates

    Federal Trade Commission Alleges Mobile Banking App Misled Users About Access to Their Funds, Failed to Deliver on Promised High Interest Rates | site |


    (November (18, 2020) - - On November 18, 2020 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission sued the operators of a mobile banking app, alleging that they falsely promised users high interest rates on their accounts and “24/7” access to their funds.

    In a complaint filed in federal court, the FTC alleges that Beam Financial Inc. and its founder and CEO Yinan Du, also known as Aaron Du, promised users of their free mobile banking app that they could make transfers out of their accounts and would receive their requested funds within three to five business days. Instead, some users waited weeks or even months to receive their money despite repeated complaints to Beam, while others said they never received their money, according to the
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  • FTC Sends Nearly 1.5 Million Dollars to Victims of Bronx Honda’s allegedly Illegal Financing and Sales Practices

    Federal Trade Commission Sends Nearly $1.5 Million to Victims of Bronx Honda’s allegedly Illegal Financing and Sales Practices | site |



    (November 10, 2020) - - Today, November 10, 2020 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission is sending refunds totaling nearly $1.5 million to individuals who were affected by allegedly unlawful financing and sales practices by Bronx Honda. According to the FTC, Bronx Honda and its general manager told sales employees to charge higher financing markups and fees to African-American and Hispanic customers. The defendants told employees that these groups should be targeted due to their limited education, and not to attempt the same practices with non-Hispanic white consumers. The FTC further alleged that Bronx Honda failed to honor advertised sale prices, changed the sales price on paperwork in the middle of the sale without telling the consumer, double-ch
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  • FTC, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Partners Announce Nationwide Crackdown on Phantom and Abusive Debt Collection

    FTC, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Partners Announce Nationwide Crackdown on Phantom and Abusive Debt Collection| site |



    ‘Operation Corrupt Collector’ targets debt collectors trying to collect on non-existent debts, using illegal scare tactics



    (September 29, 2020) - - Today, September 29, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission, along with more than 50 federal and state law enforcement partners, today announced a nationwide law enforcement and outreach initiative to protect consumers from phantom debt collection and abusive and threatening debt collection practices.

    This crackdown encompasses more than 50 enforcement actions against debt collectors engaged in these illegal practices brought by the FTC, three federal partners, and partners from 16 states.


    The initiative,...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Publishes Inflation-Adjusted Civil Penalty Amounts

    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Inflation-Adjusted Civil Penalty Amounts

    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Inflation-Adjusted Civil Penalty Amounts| site |




    (January 13, 2020) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided the following information: The Federal Trade Commission has adjusted the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of 16 provisions of law the FTC enforces, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The Act directs agencies to implement annual inflation adjustments based on a prescribed formula. The new maximum civil penalty amounts will take effect upon their publication in the Federal Register. The maximum civil penalty amount has increased from $42,530 to $43,280 for violations of Sections 5(l), 5(m)(1)(A), and 5(m)(1)(B) of the FTC Act, 7A(g)(l) of the Clayton Act and Section 525(b) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. It has increased from $559 to $569 for violations of Section 10 of the FTC Act. The maximum civil penalty...
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  • Federal Trade Commission announces Agenda for Jan. 9 Workshop, Non-Competes in the Workplace: Examining Antitrust and Consumer Protection Issues

    Federal Trade Commission announces Agenda for Jan. 9 Workshop, Non-Competes in the Workplace: Examining Antitrust and Consumer Protection Issues| site |



    (January 3, 2020) - - - Today (January 3, 2020), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission has announced an agenda for its upcoming workshop in Washington, DC regarding non-compete agreements in the workplace. First announced on Dec. 5, 2019, the workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2020 in the FTC’s Headquarters Building, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, and will be webcast live. Non-compete clauses are covenants in employment contracts that limit the ability of an employee to join or start a competing firm after a job separation. Panelists at the workshop include legal scholars, economists, and policy experts, who will evaluate the effects of non-compete clauses on labor market participants and
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  • Federal Communications Commission Proposes designating 988 as National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Hotline Number

    Federal Communications Commission Proposes designating 988 as National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Hotline Number | site |



    Agency Begins Formal Rulemaking, Seeks Comment on Proposal


    WASHINGTON, December 12, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today started the process of designating 988 as a new, nationwide, 3-digit number for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This designation will help ease access to crisis services, reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions, and ultimately save lives. Today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes that calls made to 988 would be directed to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of 163 crisis centers that is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Currently, the Lifeline is available by calling 1-800-273-TALK and through ...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Issues Opinion and Order Against Cambridge Analytica For Deceiving Consumers

    Federal Trade Commission Issues Opinion and Order Against Cambridge Analytica For Deceiving Consumers About the Collection of Facebook Data, Compliance with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield | site |



    (December 6, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information: The Federal Trade Commission issued an Opinion finding that the data analytics and consulting company Cambridge Analytica, LLC engaged in deceptive practices to harvest personal information from tens of millions of Facebook users for voter profiling and targeting. The Opinion also found that Cambridge Analytica engaged in deceptive practices relating to its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. In an administrative complaint filed in July, FTC staff alleged that Cambridge Analytica and its then-CEO Alexander Nix and app developer Aleksandr Kogan deceived consumers. Nix and Kogan agreed to settle the FTC’s allegations. Cambridge Analytica, which filed for bankrup
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  • FTC Submits Comment in Favor of Amendments to North Carolina’s Administrative Code that would Promote Expanded Access to Preventive Dental Services

    Federal Trade Commission Submits Comment in Favor of Amendments to North Carolina’s Administrative Code that would Promote Expanded Access to Preventive Dental Services | site |



    (November 19, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted a comment to the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners expressing support for proposed changes to the North Carolina Administrative Code that could increase the supply of and access to preventive dental services in underserved areas. In certain facilities in areas that lack access to dental services, the proposed changes would eliminate a regulation requiring public health dental hygienists to work under the direction of a supervising dentist who has conducted an in-person, comprehensive oral examination of the patient. Instead, dentists could provide a written standing order to allow dental hygienists to provide
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    Federal Trade Commission Approves Final Administrative Consent Order Against Amazon for Withholding Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers
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    Federal Trade Commission Approves Final Administrative Consent Order Against Amazon for Withholding Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 10, 2021)

    Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final administrative consent order against Amazon, which has agreed to pay more than $61.7 million to settle charges that it failed to pay Amazon Flex drivers the full amount of tips they received from Amazon customers over a two and a half year period.

    According to the FTC’s administrative complaint, announced in February 2021, the company regularly advertised that drivers participating in the Flex program would be paid $18-25 per hour for their work making deliveries to customers. The ads, along with numerous other documents provided to Flex drivers, also prominently featured statements such as: “You
    ...
    06-19-2021, 03:41 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FTC Sends More Than 172 Million Dollars in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission Sends More Than $172 Million in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing | site |



    FTC says more than two million consumers will receive refunds from FTC case alleging false promises of “same as cash” payment plans


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) The Federal Trade Commission is returning more than $172 million to consumers who overpaid for merchandise they purchased using rent-to-own plans provided by Progressive Leasing. More than two million consumers will receive refund checks. The FTC’s complaint against the company, filed in April 2020, alleged that Progressive misled consumers about the true price of items purchased through its plans. Consumers who visited retailers to buy items such as furniture, jewelry, or cellphones frequently were told that Progressive’s payment plans were “same as cash” or “no int...
    06-10-2021, 06:01 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission Sues Frontier Communications for Misrepresenting Internet Speeds
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission Sues Frontier Communications for Misrepresenting Internet Speeds | site |


    FTC says Company failed to deliver DSL Internet speeds for which consumers paid and were promised


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: May 19, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission, along with law enforcement agencies from six states, sued Internet service provider Frontier Communications, alleging that the company did not provide many consumers with Internet service at the speeds it promised them, and charged many of them for more expensive and higher-speed service than Frontier actually provided.

    In a complaint, the FTC and its state partners allege that Frontier advertised and sold Internet service in several plans, or tiers, based on download speed. Frontier has touted these tiers using a variety of methods, including mail and online ads, and has sold them to consumers over
    ...
    05-19-2021, 10:34 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FTC Returns Nearly 60 Million Dollars to Those Suffering from Opioid Addiction Who Were Allegedly Overcharged in Suboxone Film Scheme
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission Returns Nearly $60 Million to Those Suffering from Opioid Addiction Who Were Allegedly Overcharged in Suboxone Film Scheme| site |



    FTC says funds for these payments come from the FTC’s settlements with Reckitt Benckiser Group and Indivior, Inc. who took advantage of their unique market position to scare consumers away from generic Suboxone tablets


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission is sending 51,875 payments totaling more than $59 million to consumers who were victims of an allegedly deceptive scheme by Reckitt Benckiser Group and Indivior, Inc. to thwart lower-priced generic competition with the branded drug Suboxone. The average payment

    Courtesy: Federal Trade Commission
    amount is $1,139. The payments will be mailed...
    05-14-2021, 09:26 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FTC, CFPB Send Notice Letters to Landlords Regarding Pandemic Eviction Moratorium
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Send Notice Letters to Landlords Regarding Pandemic Eviction Moratorium | site |


    Letters remind landlords of their obligations as part of the CDC’s moratorium


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: May 3, 2021)

    The acting heads of the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have sent joint notification letters to the nation’s largest apartment landlords, which collectively own more than 2 million units, reminding them of their obligations under the ongoing national eviction moratorium put in place as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium, which was recently extended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) until June 30, 2021, prohibits evictions in certain circumstances in order to keep people in their homes and prevent the spread of the disease
    ...
    05-07-2021, 04:28 AM

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