FTC Settlement Permanently Halts Alleged Energy Drink-Slinging Pyramid Scheme

After a year long battle, the FTC has announced a settlement with the Vemma Nutrition Company that puts a halt to the company’s multi-level marketing program was a pyramid scheme.

FTC settles charges against top-grossing health app for deceptive claims

Based on FTC documents, Aura Life made over $600,000 from Instant Blood Pressure it’s app that claimed to measure blood pressure by having users place their finger over their smartphone camera with the microphone on their chest.

FTC returns $18 million to home-based coaching scheme victims

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing more than 20,000 checks totaling more than $18 million to people who lost money to The Tax Club, a scheme that targeted people who were trying to start home-based businesses.

It is NOT just the FTC watching for false advertising

Consumers beware! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has identified three lenders who have engaged in deceptive and illegal advertising practices: American Advisors Group, Reverse Mortgage Solutions and Aegean Financial.

Over 2.7 million AT&T customers to be refunded

The Federal Trade Commission is providing over $88 million in refunds to more than 2.7 million AT&T customers who had third-party charges added to their mobile bills without their consent, a tactic known as “mobile cramming.”

Payday Lender Company to pay $505,000 for civil penalty

Moneytree Inc., a Seattle-based payday lender, has agreed to pay $505,000 to settle allegations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that it misled customers with deceptive online advertising and collection practices.

Beware this Therapy falls outside of the Privacy Rule mandates

Therapy app company updated its terms of service in October to mention that employees may read sessions during certain circumstances, including “quality assurance.”

Car safety called into question by the FTC

CarMax Inc. and two other used-car retailers have settled complaints from federal regulators that they touted their inspections in advertising but failed to disclose that some of the vehicles were under safety recalls and unrepaired.

‘Nothing Artificial’ survives dismissal

The makers of a Duncan Hines muffin mix will continue to face a false advertising class action lawsuit following a federal judge’s denial of their motion to dismiss the claim.

Children’s conversations sent to defense contractor

The My Friend Cayla doll and i-Que Intelligent Robot — allegedly violated kids’ privacy protections by recording their conversations without parental consent, according to a complaint sent to the FTC.