NetSpend Cards Promised Instant Cash, Didn’t Deliver, FTC Says

The ads for NetSpend, one of the country's largest providers of prepaid debit cards, promised "immediate access to your funds." But that's not always the case, the FTC charges.

Put On Notice: Homeopathic Products

The FTC has put the advertisers of homeopathic remedies—nerve tonics, pain relievers—on notice that they will either have to get scientific backing for the efficacy of their health claims or "effectively communicate the lack of scientific evidence backing them and that their claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts."

Big names cracking down on fake news sites

Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc announced measures aimed at halting the spread of "fake news" on the internet by targeting how some purveyors of phony content make money: advertising.

General Mills hit with another labeling lawsuit, this time over sugar content

The cereal does not have more protein than regular Cheerios, while General Mills argues the contrary.

Insulated House Wrap Marketer Making False Claims

Pittsburgh-based manufacturer, Innovative Designs, Inc., with making false and unsubstantiated claims that its Insultex House Wrap would save consumers money by providing significant insulation without using much space.

Fitness bands – privacy fails

Several of the most popular fitness wearable makers have been criticized for having obscure and asymmetrical terms and conditions that impinge on Europeans’ consumer and privacy rights.

Cracking Down on Caffeinated Underwear

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Wacoal claimed their shapewear would “slim the body and reduce cellulite,” since the garments “incorporated microcapsules containing caffeine, retinol, ceramides and other active principles.”

$1 Million Settlement for Pillow’s False Health Claims

Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, once said that “people are tired of phony advertising.” But the company found itself being accused of misleading advertising in a civil lawsuit brought earlier this year by several California consumer-protection groups. My Pillow agreed to settle the case this week and pay almost $1 million in civil penalties.

When Terms of Service are Done Well

Airbnb successfully blocked a proposed class action alleging racial discrimination on the company’s platform. The lawsuit alleged systematic discrimination by Airbnb hosts, enabled by various design choices made by the company.

$20 million for a $20 bucket of chicken

Anna Wurtzburger, of Hopewell Junction, says she bought a $20 bucket of chicken from KFC over the summer and was disappointed to find it looked much different than what’s in the chain’s ads.