Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

On January 17, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement of allegations against a Latvian payment processor and its former CEO that they enabled a deceptive “free trial” offer scheme that billed United States consumers the full price for certain products and engaged in various tactics amounting to “credit card laundering.”

According to the FTC’s

Wire fraud cases, arising from what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls “business email compromise,” are on the rise. In 2018, the FBI reported that business email compromise and other internet-enabled theft, fraud, and exploitation resulted in $2.7 billion of financial loss. See FBI – IC3 Annual Report Released. Surprisingly, even sophisticated parties and

On December 20, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the Washington district court’s decision that denied Huuuge, Inc.’s bid to arbitrate a proposed class action based on a browsewrap agreement. In Wilson v. Huuuge, Inc., No. 18-36017, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 37952 (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2019), the Ninth Circuit held that “because Huuuge did not

On December 18, the Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement of claims against Alexander Nix, the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, LLC, and Aleksandr Kogan, an app developer who worked with the company, regarding their roles in allegedly deceiving consumers in order to collect personal information for voter profiling and targeting.

The FTC’s complaint claimed

Days before Thanksgiving, the Federal Trade Commission secured a $3.15 million judgment against a telemarketing company that “defrauded financially distressed consumers throughout the United States by selling them bogus credit-card interest-rate-reduction services.”

In late 2017, the FTC brought claims against Higher Goals Marketing LLC (“HGM”) and multiple other defendants, alleging that the company violated Section

A recent report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Private Education Loan Ombudsman recommends actions against scammers who seek to take advantage of and abuse student loan borrowers by offering no-value and sometimes harmful services.

On October 15, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Private Education Loan Ombudsman issued its 2019 Annual Report, which actually

On September 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission announced they will hold a joint public workshop on December 10 related to key issues of accuracy governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including those related to the accuracy of both traditional credit reports as well as employment and tenant background

On August 21, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order settling charges that SecurTest, Inc., a background screening company, falsely claimed to be in compliance with international privacy frameworks. 

The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks establish standards for the transfer of consumer data from European Union countries and Switzerland to the United

On July 24, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against Cambridge Analytica, alleging that the company deceived consumers by falsely claiming it did not collect any personally identifiable information from Facebook users. The FTC alleges that Cambridge Analytica in fact collected users’ Facebook User ID—which can include users’ real names—as well as other

On July 25, the Federal Trade Commission published a request for public comment on its implementation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) through the COPPA Rule. 

COPPA regulates how websites and online services collect data and personal information from children. The FTC’s COPPA Rule requires that such operators who collect personal information from