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Refunds issued: Kids' vitamins aren't as healthy as advertisedupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 11:56:00

The marketer of a popular children's vitamin is refunding nearly $2.1 million to customers after acknowledging its pills contained only a fraction of a nutritional substance the packaging claimed.

Reebok refunds money after fitness claimsupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 13:48:00

For customers who purchased Reebok EasyTone and RunTone shoes that were part of a Federal Trade Commission settlement, your refund check is in the mail. The refund is part of a settlement reached between the federal government and the popular shoe maker over allegations of deceptive advertising claims that their shoes were better than regular shoes at strengthening and toning leg and buttock muscles.

Feds sue Wyndham Hotels over repeated computer hacksupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 18:54:00

The federal government filed suit Tuesday against Wyndham Hotels after sensitive customer data, including credit card numbers and personal information, allegedly were stolen three times in less than two years.

Twitter joins 'Do Not Track,' gives users privacy optionupdated: Thu May 17 2012 20:47:00

A Federal Trade Commission official announced that Twitter users will be able block personal data from being shared with third-party websites.

'Shape-ups' shoemaker fined $40 million; FTC cites bogus fitness claimsupdated: Thu May 17 2012 01:24:00

For overweight Americans, and those looking for a healthier lifestyle, the claim was almost too good to be true -- wear Skechers Shape-ups footwear and watch the pounds melt away. At a news conference Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission said the shoemaker's claims weren't true and alleged Skechers violated federal law by misleading consumers.

Undercover funeral home sting turns up 'significant violations'updated: Thu Apr 19 2012 21:21:00

An undercover investigation by the Federal Trade Commission found funeral homes nationwide deceived customers into making purchases they weren't required to make and failed to give up-front pricing to customers.

Feds warn drivers about auto loan modification scamsupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 19:35:00

After years of focusing on home mortgage scams, the Federal Trade Commission is turning its sights on what it calls bogus auto loan modifications. The FTC says fraud artists are moving from mortgage loan modification schemes and targeting consumers who are underwater on their auto loans.

CNNMoney: Identity thefts tops list of consumer complaintsupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 08:31:00

For the 12th year in a row, identity theft was the number one consumer complaint -- irking consumers more than debt collectors, imposter scams and shady credit repair companies.

CNNMoney: White House pushes online privacy bill of rightsupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:43:00

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new online bill of rights intended to protect consumers' privacy when they surf the Web.

Parents need more privacy info about kids' apps, feds sayupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 08:33:00

Is that app you just downloaded surreptitiously gathering data to push targeted ads to your 6-year-old? Quite possibly.

CNNMoney: Debt collector to pay $2.5 million penaltyupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 09:35:00

The Federal Trade Commission has slapped a prominent debt collector with a $2.5 million penalty for misrepresenting its debt collection powers.

Federal Trade Commission website latest apparently hit by Anonymousupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 18:17:00

A website managed by the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday became the latest government site taken down by individuals calling themselves Anonymous.

CNNMoney: Facebook settles FTC charges over 2009 privacy breachesupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 15:09:00

Facebook has agreed to 20 years of privacy audits to settle a lengthy complaint from the Federal Trade Commission, which says Facebook misled its members about its use of their private data.

CNNMoney: Reebok settles with FTC over butt-shaping shoesupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 14:36:00

Reebok got a kick in the keester on Wednesday. The Federal Trade Commission announced that the company had to pay $25 million for "deceptively" advertising its shoes for having buttock-toning abilities.

CNNMoney: FTC: Countrywide borrowers to get $108 million in refundsupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 14:28:00

Borrowers who were overcharged by Countrywide Financial more than three years ago are finally going to get what's due to them.

CNNMoney: Google confirms FTC probe, goes on defensiveupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 12:56:00

Google went on the defensive about its business practices on Friday as it acknowledged that is the subject of a government probe.

CNNMoney: FTC sues 'earn $10,000-a-month' counselorupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 13:45:00

The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against three companies that allegedly served as fronts for scams, including fraudulent promises to help customers earn $10,000 a month from lucrative Internet businesses.

Google Chrome, Firefox add 'Do Not Track' featuresupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 07:46:00

Following increased pressure from the FTC, Google and Mozilla are introducing opt-out features to their Chrome and Firefox browsers.

CNNMoney: Debt settlement companies skirt new rulesupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 05:19:00

Many companies that charge big upfront fees to consumers drowning in debt are skirting new federal rules that ban abusive debt-settlement practices, according to consumer advocates and government officials.

CNNMoney: Go ahead, invade my privacy -- I'm honoredupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 15:24:00

You know what I like about the Internet trackers -- the ones that follow my every move on the Web? They care about me. They don't mind that I'm 50, that I've been kicked out of the prized 18-49 year old demo.

CNNMoney: FTC 'do not track' plan would cripple some Web giantsupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:03:00

The Federal Trade Commission proposed this week that consumers should have a "do not track" option for the Internet, similar to the "do not call" list that exists to block telemarketers.

CNNMoney: Taking a blog kickback? Slap a on itupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 08:32:00

It's been exactly one year since the Federal Trade Commission implemented a new set of rules intended to crack down on bloggers who don't disclose that they've received freebies or money from brands.

CNNMoney: Would Foursquare referral fees be legal?updated: Thu Nov 04 2010 10:30:00

Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley kicked up a firestorm last week when he said users "should get some kind of referrer's fee" when they get their online followers to buy items like movie tickets.

CNNMoney: Energy labels coming to TVs in 2011updated: Wed Oct 27 2010 18:32:00

All new televisions will soon include labels that estimate the TV's annual energy cost, and compare its consumption to that of other models, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

FTC ends Google 'Street View' investigation without finesupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 13:59:00

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has called off its investigation of Google's "Street View" mapping program without issusing fines to the company, according to a letter sent from the FTC to Google on Wednesday.

CNNMoney: New rule: No more up-front fees for debt fixersupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 10:58:00

Companies that claim to settle your debts for less than you owe can no longer charge up-front fees for their services. Instead, they have to wait to collect from consumers until they actually deliver on the promise.

POM-boozled: Do health drinks live up to their labels?updated: Wed Oct 27 2010 08:16:00

The makers of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice say that the drink improves blood flow and heart health, prevents and treats prostate cancer, and works 40 percent as well as Viagra (whatever that means). All for about four bucks a bottle.

CNNMoney: POM Wonderful charged with selling snake oilupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 19:27:00

Despite being rich in antioxidants, pomegranate juice is probably not an effective treatment for heart disease and other serious health conditions.

CNNMoney: Debt collectors get nastyupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 15:25:00

Debt collectors are getting desperate and dirty.

CNNMoney: FTC smacks Twitter for privacy lapsesupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 13:50:00

Twitter agreed to settle charges that it "deceived customers" and failed to protect their personal information, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Foreclosure tricks cost Countrywide $108 millionupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 16:39:00

Mortgage lender Countrywide Home Loans Inc. agreed to pay $108 million Monday to settle government claims that it charged homeowners facing foreclosure inflated service fees.

CNNMoney: Google wins regulatory OK for AdMob dealupdated: Fri May 21 2010 13:18:00

Google won regulatory approval Friday for its $750 million acquisition of mobile ad firm AdMob.

CNNMoney: Google's mobile ad deal may be in jeopardyupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 12:45:00

The Federal Trade Commission is gearing up to possibly challenge the proposed merger between Google and mobile advertising giant AdMob on the grounds that it violates antitrust laws, according to news reports.

CNNMoney: Free credit reports: not so freeupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 16:51:00

For years, catchy advertisements have convinced viewers that if they don't log on to a Web site offering a free credit report, they could end up living in their parents' basement or working at a seafood restaurant.

CNNMoney: LifeLock settles with FTC for $12 millionupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 17:01:00

Federal regulators said Tuesday that LifeLock has agreed to pay $12 million to settle charges the company made deceptive claims about its ability to protect customers from identity theft.

Fortune: This could be Intel's Waterlooupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 08:54:00

While today's Federal Trade Commission action against semiconductor giant Intel recycles some now familiar charges -- abuses of monopoly power that were the subject of suits previously filed against the company by rival AMD and regulators with the European Commission, Japan, Korea, and the New York State Attorney General's office -- it also advances new factual allegations and enlists some fresh and untested legal theories into the fray.

CNNMoney: FTC sues Intel over chip dominanceupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 14:07:00

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it is suing Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, for alleged anticompetitive practices.

CNNMoney: FTC targets bloggers, celebritiesupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 11:19:00

The Federal Trade Commission is going after bloggers, celebrities and tall tales in the first revision of its rules for endorsements and product reviews in nearly 30 years.

Ban on robocalls takes effect on Tuesdayupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 11:44:00

Starting Tuesday, many "robocalls" from telemarketers will be illegal.

CNNMoney: FTC declares war on car warranty 'robocalls'updated: Fri May 15 2009 13:24:00

The Federal Trade Commission is attempting to shut down three companies that the agency alleges have bombarded millions of consumers since 2007 with deceptive "robocalls" to sell them phony extensions to their original vehicle warranties.

CNNMoney: Crackdown on housing scamsupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 12:43:00

In the wake of an Obama administration program to rescue troubled homeowners, several federal agencies are teaming up to fight mortgage and foreclosure scams, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Monday.

CNNMoney: Avoiding scam artistsupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 10:09:00

The federal government's plan to revive the ailing economy is stimulating business already - for con artists at least.

CNNMoney: High court backs tobacco suitupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 13:01:00

Tobacco companies can be sued under state laws for deceptive advertising of "light cigarettes," the Supreme Court ruled in a closely divided ruling Monday.

CNNMoney: Debt collectors on the rampageupdated: Wed Oct 08 2008 14:00:00

Six months after Rob Hruskoci closed his business, a debt collector called and demanded payment that day for the $5,000 balance on his business credit card.

Woman loses arm, may sueupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 12:24:00

The Supreme Court will decide if a woman who lost an arm because of a prescription drug can sue the drug company. CNN's Kelli Arena reports. FTC: $1.6B in Food Ads Target Kidsupdated: Tue Jul 29 2008 12:00:00

The nation's largest food and beverage companies spent about $1.6 billion in 2006 marketing their products -- especially carbonated drinks -- to children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report What Can Genetic Tests Tell You?updated: Tue Jul 22 2008 19:00:00

Linda Avey, co-founder of genetic testing company 23andMe, says genetic information can be illuminating, but ought to be taken with a grain of salt FTC Opens Formal Probe of Intelupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 13:00:00

Intel says it has received a subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission concerning its practices in the microprocessor market

CNNMoney: FTC: Half-million tricked by telemarketersupdated: Tue May 20 2008 13:08:00

The Federal Trade Commission unfurled Tuesday results of an enormous telemarketing fraud sweep, saying it had filed more than 180 cases that represent thousands of alleged victims and millions of dollars in losses.

Fortune: Crackdown on Big Pharmaupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 05:22:00

For years, Big Pharma has kept competition from generic drug makers at bay by essentially paying its would-be rivals to stay out of its business. Now government watchdogs have declared war on these financial deals - a move that could bring cheaper drugs to market faster while costing giant drug developers billions in lost revenue.

Botnet investigationupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 09:53:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks with Detective Inspector Peter Devoy about a possible cyber-crime network in New Zealand. Fake 'Do Not Call' E-Mail Is Backupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 16:00:00

A bogus e-mail warning consumers that cell phone numbers will soon be released to telemarketers is making the rounds again 'Do Not Call' List to Expireupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 13:15:00

The cherished dinner hour void of telemarketers could vanish next year for millions of people when phone numbers begin dropping off the national Do Not Call list

CNNMoney: Telemarketers: They have your numberupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 05:50:00

The cherished dinner hour void of telemarketers could vanish next year for millions of people when phone numbers begin dropping off the national Do Not Call list.

CNNMoney: FTC criticizes misleading mortgage adsupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 02:22:00

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it warned more than 200 companies about "potentially deceptive" mortgage advertisements that give borrowers a false impression of the cost of home loans.

CNNMoney: FTC finds no price-fixing in gas marketupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 04:09:00

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it found no evidence of market manipulation by refiners and other sellers in gasoline prices - spiking at more than $3 a gallon during the summer of 2006.

Whole Foods clears Wild Oats hurdleupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 08:34:00

A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way for Whole Foods Market Inc. to buy rival organic grocer Wild Oats Markets Inc.

CNNMoney: Health Minute: Organic foodupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 06:56:00

Health Minute: Organic food

CNNMoney: Whole Foods claims victory in merger battleupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 06:56:00

A federal appeals court on Thursday denied a request from the Federal Trade Commission to temporarily block Whole Foods Market Inc. from merging with rival Wild Oats Markets Inc., a Whole Foods spokeswoman said.

CNNMoney: FTC files appeal to block Whole Foods mergerupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 02:40:00

U.S. antitrust authorities asked a federal court for permission to temporarily block organic grocer Whole Foods Market Inc.'s merger with rival Wild Oats Markets Inc., a spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission said Friday.

Fortune: The man who brought organics to Main Streetupdated: Wed Jul 11 2007 23:02:00

Whole Foods' $5.6 billion in sales make it the largest purveyor of organic and natural food. Its planned acquisition of Wild Oats would make it even bigger, but the government wants to halt the deal. The 53-year-old founder and CEO answers your questions about the merger as well as some from Fortune's Matthew Boyle.

CNNMoney: Whole Foods: Can it win back the trust?updated: Fri Jun 22 2007 03:20:00

Is the Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger dead or does the deal still have the faintest hope of a heartbeat?

Business 2.0: The 10 commandments of information securityupdated: Tue Oct 24 2006 07:35:00

Simple, cost-effective steps to prevent data theft

CNNMoney: FTC wrings concession from Austin realtorsupdated: Thu Jul 13 2006 14:55:00

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Thursday that the Austin Board of Realtors agreed to end a policy the FTC claims violates anti-trust laws and harms consumers by inflating costs.

CNNMoney: U.S. cracks down on 'credit repair' scamsupdated: Thu Feb 02 2006 12:37:00

Government regulators are cracking down on companies that claim to remove negative information from consumer credit reports.

CNNMoney: Battling life's little frustrationsupdated: Wed Jul 27 2005 11:30:00

We're all subject to life's little frustrations. Take, for example, those annoying subscription cards that fall out of magazines. It's enough to drive you batty.

Crackdown targets work-at-home scamsupdated: Tue Feb 22 2005 18:43:00

Authorities have cracked down on scores of "scam artists" across the United States who cheated thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars with illegal business ventures, officials said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: FTC targets Chicago-area hospital?updated: Mon Jan 17 2005 07:34:00

Federal regulators are targeting what they say is an elusive culprit contributing to the soaring hospital costs of recent years: mergers, Monday's Wall Street Journal reported.

CNNMoney: Sex spammers targeted by fedsupdated: Tue Jan 11 2005 11:35:00

The Federal Trade Commission charged a group of individuals and companies Tuesday with spamming sexually explicit advertisements that are against the law.

Money Magazine: Quotablesupdated: Sun Aug 01 2004 00:01:00

"You'll be spammed if we do and spammed if we don't" --Federal Trade Commission spokesman on why the agency won't launch a do-not-spam registry, for fear spammers will target the list

CNNMoney: 400k 'Do-not-call' complaintsupdated: Thu Jun 24 2004 10:27:00

Not all telemarketers have gotten the hint that consumers really don't want to take their calls.

CNNMoney: FTC: No 'Do-Not-Spam' listupdated: Tue Jun 15 2004 13:48:00

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it won't endorse a national 'do-not-e-mail' registry, saying current plans are so flawed they might actually boost the amount of junk e-mail.

CNNMoney: FTC to clamp down on porn spamupdated: Wed May 19 2004 11:56:00

The Federal Trade Commission plans to require that pornographic e-mail spam carry explicit messages in what amounts to an electronic version of the plain brown wrapper, a person familar with the plan said.

CNNMoney: Identity theft continues to riseupdated: Thu Jan 22 2004 14:54:00

The number of individuals falling victim to identity theft has soared while the Internet continues to prove a lucrative breeding ground for shady operators who are able to steal millions from unwitting victims.

Tips on buying the fittest exercise equipmentupdated: Fri Jan 16 2004 08:57:00

If you plan to purchase exercise equipment to fulfill on one of your New Year's resolutions, there are a few things you need to know, experts say.

Money Magazine: Sorry, Wrong Numberupdated: Wed May 01 2002 00:01:00

For the 31,147 angry consumers who filed telemarketing-related complaints with the Federal Trade Commission last year, help is on the way: The agency has proposed the creation of a national "do not...

FSB: Net Eyes Wide Shut Here's how to avoid the wrath of the FTC.updated: Mon Nov 01 1999 00:01:00

Are the words "Internet privacy" an oxymoron? Some folks think so--including Scott McNealy, CEO of hardware giant Sun Microsystems. In January, the notoriously motor-mouthed McNealy told a group of...

Money Magazine: Are You Being "Crammed"?updated: Thu Oct 01 1998 00:01:00

What's the biggest phone gripe these days? It's not slamming (finding your long-distance service switched without permission). It's "cramming," a rapidly growing phenomenon in which charges for unw...


Last month's sweeping tobacco settlement appears to herald a new era in which heavily regulated cigarette makers must disclose the true health hazards of their products and make do without popular ...


The proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot is being subjected to unusually close scrutiny--from bureaucrats, businessmen, and antitrust junkies everywhere. As of press time, the Federal Trade ...


Lately, some credit-card issuers have been making it tough for customers to dispute unauthorized charges on their bills. The Federal Trade Commission, for example, has recently filed a lawsuit agai...

Money Magazine: Coming up updated: Mon Nov 01 1993 00:01:00

You're less likely to be scammed by a 900 number after Nov. 1. That's when an FTC rule kicks in requiring those toll-call services to tell you their cost as soon as you phone them. You'll then have...

Money Magazine: Coming up updated: Mon Jul 01 1991 00:01:00

Second-quarter corporate earnings reports will be out this month. Look for profits to be 10% lower than a year ago, signaling that the recovery hadn't begun. And the Federal Trade Commission will h...

Money Magazine: A SCAM ALERT FROM THE TOP SHOPPING COPupdated: Thu Nov 01 1990 00:01:00

After snoozing through much of the 1980s, the Federal Trade Commission seems to have recently stepped up efforts to protect consumers against fraudulent and misleading advertising and marketing cla...

Money Magazine: A WARNING ON COIN GRADING FOR INVESTORSupdated: Mon Oct 01 1990 00:01:00

Since the rare-coin market is risky and largely unregulated, many investors have begun to put their faith in services claiming to provide standardized appraisals by encasing coins in plastic slabs ...

Money Magazine: WHAT'S WITH THOSE ''AMAZING'' TV ADS?updated: Wed Aug 01 1990 00:01:00

If you're a TV viewer who mindlessly flicks through the channels with a remote control, the blazing car pictured above may be a familiar sight. It's a demonstration for Liquid Lustre car wax ($34.9...

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