Category Archives: Federal Trade Commission

ABA Consumer Protection Conference Focuses on Big Data, Internet of Things and Ad Substantiation Standards

By Dee Pridgen The ABA Consumer Protection Conference held February 12 on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., focused on the work of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as the work of advertising self-regulatory bodies, especially in the areas of big data and the “Internet of Things.”  FTC Chair […]

FTC Announces Top Consumer Complaints for 2013; ID Theft Still Leads the List

Here.  The top 10 complaint categories include: Category Number of Complaints Percentages Identity Theft 290,056 14% Debt Collection 204,644 10% Banks and Lenders 152,707 7% Imposter Scams 121,720 6% Telephone and Mobile Services 116,261 6% Prizes, Sweepstakes, and Lotteries 89,944 4% Auto Related Complaints 82,701 4% Shop-at-Home and Catalog Sales 66,024 3% Television and Electronic […]

Additive Free Cigarettes: Winstons and American Spirit

by Jeff Sovern Those who use our casebook may recall the note about R.J. Reynolds advertising that its Winston cigarettes don't have additives. In the new edition, it's at pages 92-93. The casebook reports that Winston's sales increased by 9% as a a result of the ads, and that the FTC brought a case against Reynolds […]

James Cooper on the Meaning of Unfairness in the FTC Act

James C. Cooper of George Mason has written The Perils of Excessive Discretion: The Elusive Meaning of Unfairness in Section 5 of the FTC Act.  Here's the abstract: Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act gives the FTC an undefined mandate to prosecute "unfair methods of competition." For nearly 100 years, the Commission […]

9th Circuit appeal on background-screening companies & fair credit reporting

by Deepak Gupta I thought readers might be interested in a new appeal that my firm is handling in the Ninth Circuit, Moran v. The Screening Pros, concerning the state and federal regulation of background-check companies. You can read our opening brief here. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have weighed in with an amicus […]

More on Debt Collection: CFPB To Go After Banks’ Collection Practices

Suddenly, there's a lot going on the in the world of debt collection regulation. On the heels of yesterday's announcement by the FTC of a huge debt-collection settlement (discussed in the post below), the CFPB is announcing today that it will use its UDAAP authority to regulate the collection practices of banks. “It doesn’t matter […]

Times Article on Paid Celebrity Endorsements on Twitter and the FTC

Here.  When consumers see celibrities endorse products on TV, they are likely to believe that the celebrities are being paid.  Do consumers have the same reaction to tweets endorsing things?  Should celebrities disclose that when they are paid for tweets? 

Reports on FTC-CFPB Debt Collection Roundtable

On Thursday, the FTC and CFPB held a joint roundtable titled Life of a Debt: Data Integrity in Debt Collection.  Journalist Fred Williams has a report at the Taking Charge blog. An except: At Thursday's  meeting, [debt buyer and industry association president Richard] Munroe and other debt buyers didn't repeat the argument the collection  industry […]

FTC Pursues Phone Text Spammers

The Times report is here.  An excerpt: The messages, which typically promise gift cards to national chain stores or other prizes, are sent to random phone numbers and usually direct recipients to a Web site where they are asked for personal information like Social Security numbers or credit card numbers, agency officials said.        Rarely, if […]