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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Shares Updates Including Response to Rise of AI and Algorithmic Decision-Making Tools

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report outlining the agency’s work to protect consumers and promote competition. FTC Chair Lina M. Khan said: “The FTC is focused on ensuring that American consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs can enjoy honest markets and… Read More

Federal Trade Commission Takes Action Against Bill Payment Firm for Allegedly “Misleading” Consumers, Tacking on Millions in Junk Fees

The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against bill payment company Doxo and two of its co-founders, charging that the company allegedly “uses misleading search ads to impersonate consumers’ billers and deceptive design practices to mislead consumers about millions of dollars in junk fees they… Read More

As Fraud Losses Top $10B in Past Year, FTC Announces Increased Efforts to Protect Consumers

Federal Trade Commission data show that consumers reported losing more than $10 billion to fraud in 2023, “marking the first time that fraud losses have reached that benchmark.” This marks a 14% increase “over reported losses in 2022.” Consumers reported losing more money “to investment… Read More

TransUnion Target of Regulatory Action by CFPB, FTC, Must Pay $23 Million Penalty

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have taken regulatory action against global credit profiling firm TransUnion (NYSE: TRU), claiming the company failed in regard to rental background checks. Additionally, the two agencies claimed TransUnion withheld the names of third parties… Read More

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council Slams FTCs Move to Break up Amazon: “small business sellers, and their customers, would be harmed”

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) has issued a statement hammering the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its legal assault on Amazon. Earlier today, the FTC sued Amazon for “illegally maintaining monopoly power.” The FTC claims that  Amazon has pursued a “pattern of… Read More

FTC Charges Experian with “Spamming” Clients Who Signed Up for Accounts with Marketing Emails They Couldn’t Opt Out Of

The Federal Trade Commission will require Experian Consumer Services, which offers consumers access to their Experian credit information, “to pay $650,000 to settle charges it sent consumers unsolicited email without offering them a way to opt out of such messages, as required under the CAN-SPAM… Read More

FTC, Florida Attorney General Sue Chargebacks911 for “Thwarting” Consumers Trying to Reverse Disputed Charges

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida have filed suit against Chargebacks911 “for unfairly thwarting consumers who were trying to dispute credit card charges through the chargeback process.” In a complaint filed in federal court, the FTC and Florida charged “that, since at… Read More

Over $115M in Refunds Sent to Consumers After FTC, DOJ Charges That MoneyGram Failed to Crack Down on Scams

More than $115 million in refunds are being “sent to consumers nationwide” as a result of a 2018 action the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice brought against MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) for “failing to crack down on scammers using their payment system.”… Read More

Federal Trade Commission Fines Credit Karma $3M Over Allegedly False “Pre-Approved” Offers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against credit services company Credit Karma for “deploying dark patterns to misrepresent that consumers were ‘pre-approved’ for credit card offers.” The FTC alleges that the company “used claims that consumers were ‘pre-approved’ and had ‘90% odds’ to… Read More

Proptech Opendoor Issues Statement on FTC Settlement

Earlier today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached a settlement with Opendoor (NASDAQ:OPEN) that proposed a $62 million settlement from the Proptech firm. Opendoor has agreed to the order. According to the FTC, Opendoor promoted its services by information consumers they could… Read More

FTC Reports More than $1 Billion Lost to Crypto Fraud Since 2021

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that more than $1 billion has been lost to crypto scams since the beginning of 2021 impacting over 46,000 individuals. According to the FTC, the median individual reported loss stood at $2,600. The top cryptos involved in the… Read More

FTC is Concerned About Big Tech and Payments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has chimed in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) inquiry into big tech and payments. In a letter dated December 21, 2021, Lina Khan, Chair of the FTC said that big tech providing financial services “demand close scrutiny.” In… Read More

LendingClub Settles with the Federal Trade Commission, Expected to Pay $18 Million Penalty

In the days before Q2 earnings, LendingClub (NYSE:LC) has settled its case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), subject to court approval. According to a release distributed by LendingClub, the settlement requires LendingClub to make an $18 million payment for consumer remediation, an amount already… Read More

Bye Bye Beam: Savings App Fintech to Shut Down Following FTC Settlement

Beam, a mobile banking app, will be banned from offering such services and must give full refunds to users. The announcement was made as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As part of the settlement, Beam neither admits nor denies any… Read More

US Federal Trade Commission Returns $470,00 to Consumers Scammed by Crypto Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending PayPal payments of over $470,000 to consumers who lost money to “deceptive chain referral schemes involving cryptocurrencies” according to a release. The FTC states that the defendants promoted Bitcoin Funding Team and My7Network  falsely promised that participants could… Read More

Promotors Behind “Bitcoin Funding Team” Settle, Pay Fines to FTC

Three defendants who used “deceptive” marketing practices to pervade cryptocurrency “chain referral schemes” called “Bitcoin Funding Team” and “My7Network,” as well as a fourth man who also falsely promoted “Jetcoin,” have settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The men, Thomas Dluca, Louis Gatto, Eric… Read More

FTC Tells Consumers to be Wary of Crypto Scams: $3 Billion Will Be Lost by End of Year

The Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Bureau, Andrew Smith, says investors lost $532 million to crypto scams in the first two months of this year, and will lose $3 billion by the end of it, Coindesk reports. Smith was speaking at a… Read More

LendingClub Responds to FTC Complaint: “We do not agree and are very disappointed that it was not possible to resolve this matter constructively with the agency’s current leadership”

LendingClub (NYSE:LC), the largest marketplace lending platform in the US, has posted a response to a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that was launched in 2016. In brief, LendingClub had this to say: “We do not agree and are very disappointed that it was… Read More

Breathometer Raised Money on Indiegogo & Shark Tank but it Doesn’t Work & Now the FTC is Forcing Refunds

Breathometer, the “world’s first smartphone breathalyzer”, raised $138,437 on Indiegogo back in 2013. The following year, Breathometer visited the studios of Shark Tank where founder Charles Michael Yim “blew the sharks out of the water.” He asked for a mere $250,000.  And what happened? All… Read More

Record $1.3 Billion Fine Levied Against Payday Lending Scheme

A federal court has sided with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) imposing a record $1.3 billion fine against race car driver Scott A. Tucker and his associates affiliated with AMG Payday Lending. Tucker also faces a criminal trial in New York, according to the Kansas… Read More

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