Companies like PayPal, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and others share your personal information with dozens of other companies. The idea is simple: The more these companies know about you, the better they can tailor your experience to your interests and post ads for products that you like.
The FTC has entered into at least three settlement agreements with advertisers involving “Made in USA” claims and has issued closing letters in at least 20 other cases. In order to make an unqualified “Made in USA” claim about a product, the FTC requires that the advertiser substantiate that the product was “all or virtually all” made in the United States.
Ads create a conundrum for consumers, who stand alone when it comes to figuring out if personal injury lawyers' oft-repeated promises of a hassle-free payday are actually true.
Digital Altitude and the other companies typically ran ads promising people that they could earn six figures in 90 days. The companies also posted testimonials from people who supposedly made money with the program, according to the FTC.
A Minneapolis advertising agency agreed to pay $2 million to the Federal Trade Commission and Maine’s attorney general office to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of producing deceptive radio ads for weight-loss products.
The law suit argues that while Subsys was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat severe cancer-related pain, Insys marketed it for a much wider use, covering a broader set of patients.
You might think that a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your hotel or motel room doorknob guarantees that you'll be left alone. But since a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas reportedly hung such a sign on his door for three days in October 2017 before opening fire on a music festival and killing 58 people, some hospitality chains are altering their practices.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) recently filed a deceptive advertising lawsuit against tea-maker R. C. Bigelow, Inc. It claims that Bigelow should be held liable for “deceptive labeling, marketing, and sale of tea products” that they represent as “all natural” or environmentally friendly, because the teas actually contain glyphosate residue, the main herbicide in Roundup weed killer.
The company, in both commercials and on social media posts, highlighted its Boston headquarters, alluding to the fact that its products are made there. The problem is, Gillette’s products are not predominately made in the United States.
Two years ago, kids electronics maker Vtech suffered a data breach that exposed the personal info of five million customers (over half of whom were not adults). Vtech has agreed to pay a $650,000 fine as part of a settlement with the FTC.