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.

Maojr retailers sued for alleged deceptive ads

The lawsuits seek civil penalties up to $2,500 for each violation and injunctions to stop so-called false reference pricing to increase sales. Prosecutors said thousands of “sale” items were advertised at false reference prices.

Study finds that over half of the free apps on Google Play do not have privacy policies

Study found that over half of the free apps on Google Play do not have privacy policies – there are over 18,000 apps on Google Play that are free, so we are talking about nearly 9,000 apps that are not following or are violating the policies and guidelines set forth on Google Play.

Furniture company pays penalty over false advertising

Furniture store that hosted phony sale to drive buyers by advertising a five-day going-out-of-business sale that stated “warehouse closing,’’ that “all stock is limited to quantities on hand,’’ and that “all sales are final” found guilty of making false statements in advertising which violates New York state General Business Law.

Serious About Cracking Down On Stealth Instagram Ads?

For months we have heard how the Federal Trade Commission has pledged to get serious about going after advertisers who taint your Instagram feed with these stealth ads, some consumer advocates say the FTC simply isn’t doing enough.