Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

On May 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued an interpretive rule, describing states’ authorities to pursue companies and individuals that allegedly violate any of the federal consumer financial laws enforced by the CFPB.

CFPB Director Rohit Chopra described this action as “promoting state enforcement, not suffocating it.” It openly invites

On March 16, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Mondaire Jones introduced the Prohibiting Anticompetitive Mergers Act in the Senate and the House. The bill provides the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) with the authority to reject what they refer to as the most “anticompetitive” mergers without requiring a court order, aligning

On March 15, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) released a consent agreement with Electronic Payment Systems and its owners John Dorsey and Thomas McCann (collectively, EPS) for allegedly opening credit card processing merchant accounts for fictitious companies on behalf of Money Now Funding (MNF).

The complaint filed against EPS alleges that it had

Last month President Joe Biden made headlines when he reiterated his support for “right-to-repair” rules, which he first announced in a July 2021 executive order (discussed in our previous article here). The executive order asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) to draft “right-to-repair” rules to increase consumers’ ability to repair equipment on

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) published its Statement of Regulatory Priorities (Statement), announcing its regulatory agenda for 2022. The Statement suggests that the agency will focus largely on rulemaking. New rules will seek to advance President Biden’s agenda of promoting competition in the American economy.

Rulemaking Focus

The FTC “is an

On December 15, a district judge in California approved a settlement between MyLife.com, Inc. (MyLife), its CEO Jeffrey Tinsley, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The settlement bans MyLife and Tinsley from engaging in deceptive negative option marketing and requires them to pay $21 million due to

Colorado and Delaware have enacted new laws for automatic renewal or negative options offers. The new laws became effective January 1, 2022. Illinois already has a law on the books related to automatic renewals but has recently made a few minor amendments to it.

Colorado. Companies must disclose the following in a clear and conspicuous

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently signaled its readiness to take a more aggressive approach when it comes to enforcing consumer protection laws, especially for violations by for-profit colleges and institutions, advertisers, retailers, consumer products companies, multilevel marketing ventures, and even social media influencers. Over the course of October 2021, the FTC sent

On October 28, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a new policy statement on autorenewal and negative option marketing.

As its press release title indicates, the FTC intends to “ramp up enforcement” against companies offering subscription services via an autorenewal or negative option offer. Signaling its primary concerns, the FTC’s policy statement focuses on three

We recently posted that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warnings to a large number of companies in various industries about “unfair” or “deceptive” trade practices related to third-party endorsements. Some of the businesses that received those warnings included alcoholic beverage companies. FTC’s warnings raise the broader question of what is acceptable when it comes