The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced two major consumer protection enforcement actions: one involving a nationwide crackdown against scammers, and the other resulting in a $3.7 million penalty. These announcements come less than a month into the tenure of David Vladeck, the FTC’s new Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Director Vladeck was named to the position in April and began his new role in June, after a handful of consumer watchdog groups called for the FTC Chairman to appoint someone with “a track record as a genuine champion of consumer rights.” If these early announcements are any indication, Director Vladeck may be on his way to fulfilling that wish.
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