Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

As discussed here and here, in October 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a $3.38 million settlement with Passport Automotive Group (Passport) and two of its officers over allegations that the automotive group violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the FTC Act by adding “junk fees” onto the cost of its

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with Nexway, Inc. (Nexway), its affiliated companies, and officers for allegedly facilitating tech support scams in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). Nexway allegedly used its merchant account to knowingly process consumer payments for third parties engaging in

On April 25, officials from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (together, the Agencies) issued a joint statement warning against the potential for automated systems, including artificial intelligence (AI), used in

On April 14, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in related cases, Axon Enterprise, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) v. Cochran, holding that constitutional challenges to the agencies’ structures can proceed directly in federal district court before raising them in administrative hearings before the agencies. The

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with three companies over an alleged telemarketing scam involving extended automobile warranties. In addition to imposing a penalty of $6.6 million, which is largely suspended based on the companies’ inability to pay, the stipulated order includes a lifetime ban from the extended automobile warranty industry and

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the stated intent to make it easier for consumers to cancel recurring subscriptions and memberships. This rulemaking is part of the FTC’s review of its Negative Option Rule. Amongst other things, the proposed rule would increase the coverage of the Negative Option

On March 15, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted a report to Congress discussing its findings regarding the frauds, scams, and bad business practices that affect American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and the FTC’s efforts to address these issues. Specifically, the FTC asserts that auto purchasing and financing, predatory lending, impersonation scams, tech

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it is launching an inquiry into the small business credit reporting industry. Specifically, it is ordering five firms to provide detailed information about their products and processes.

According to the FTC, the impetus for this inquiry is that unlike consumer reports, which are governed by the Fair Credit

On February 28, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) jointly issued a Request for Information, seeking public comment on how background screening affects individuals seeking rental housing in the United States. Specifically, the Request seeks information on the use of consumer reports and credit scores, criminal and eviction records, and

On February 9, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released an announcement about updates that postsecondary institutions must make to their cybersecurity and data protection policies in order to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s amended Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (Safeguards Rule), a component of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). The effective date for most