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FTC Settlement Highlights Lead Generation "Warning Signs"

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement with a lead buyer highlights the potential pitfalls with using lists from lead generators without considering how the lists were compiled or the requirements under the Telemarketing...more

On Deck, Telemarketing Sales Rule Regulatory Review

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced that it intends to begin review of, and solicit comments on the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”). The opportunity to provide comments will be a significant opportunity...more

Retailers Ask FCC to Clarify that Text Message Responses Are OK

Should retailers be required to obtain written consent before sending a consumer a text message with information or a coupon that was specifically requested? The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) thinks not, and has...more

Target of CFPB Complaint Loses Argument on Unconstitutionality

The United States District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion to dismiss brought by a target of the CFPB’s enforcement powers. In August 2013, the CFPB filed a complaint against a debt relief-service...more

The Times They Are A Changin' (Again): A How-To Guide Regarding Compliance With New FCC Regulations Mandating Prior Express...

The following fairly unremarkable scenario occurs numerous times every day in countless commercial settings nationwide: a consumer walks up to a cash register to pay for something and, during the course of that exchange, the...more

CFPB Announces Suit Against Debt Settlement Firm

On August 20, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a debt settlement company for violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Dodd-Frank Act. The complaint alleges that the company disguised illegal upfront...more

FTC Extends Time To Comment On Proposed TSR Changes

On July 12, the FTC extended the comment deadline on proposed changes to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)....more

Comment Deadline on Ban of Remotely Created Checks and Payment Orders under FTC Telemarketing Sales Rule Extended to August 8

In May, we highlighted the FTC’s notice of proposed rulemaking that proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) (16 CFR 310). The NPRM included a proposed ban on the use of certain “novel” payment methods in all...more

FTC Looks To Ban Payment Methods Susceptible To Fraud

In May, the Federal Trade Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning possible amendments to the Federal Telemarketing Sales Rule, which would prohibit sellers and telemarketers from accepting remotely...more

'Do Not Call' Violations Lead to $7.5 Million Civil Penalty

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Mortgage Investors Corporation of Ohio, Inc. (“Mortgage Investors”) will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the...more

FTC Actions Against Payment Processors Heighten Legal Risks for Service Providers in Privacy Cases

In taking action against two payment processors earlier this month for providing processing services to merchants allegedly engaged in deceptive telemarketing practices, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission demonstrated a broad...more

FTC Signals Interest in Enforcement of Deceptive Advertising Laws Against Payment Processors

Ignorance of the law is no excuse; nor is (willful) ignorance of a business partner’s illegal activities. That’s a lesson to be learned from a recent amended complaint filed by the FTC which named a payment processor...more

FTC Sues Payment Processor For Assisting Allegedly Fraudulent Credit Card Debt Relief Operation

On June 5, the FTC announced that it has added a payment processor as a defendant in an existing suit against a debt relief firm that the FTC alleges operated a credit card interest rate reduction scam....more

Advertising Law -- Jun 13, 2013

SPECIAL FEATURE: Manatt and Mergermarket Release New Study on U.S.-China Deal Activity in Entertainment, Advertising and Digital Media Sectors - Investment and M&A activity between the U.S. and China in the...more

FTC Charges Payment Processor with ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Debt Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission recently brought an enforcement action against a company that processed credit card payments for the operator of an alleged debt relief telemarketing scam. This action serves as a reminder to...more

FTC Proposes Ban On Some Payment Methods Used By Telemarketers

On May 21, the FTC proposed to prohibit the use of certain payment methods it believes are favored by “fraudulent telemarketers.”...more

Advertising News & Analysis - May 2013

In this issue: - FTC Proposes Changes to TSR That Put Certain Payments in the Crosshairs - Vermont Antes Up, Okays Consideration in Skill Contests - NAD Not Shaving "Up To" Claims - Upcoming Events -...more

FTC Proposes Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Checks, Cash-to-Cash Money Transfers, and Similar Payment Methods

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed changes to its telemarketing sales rule (TSR) that would prohibit sellers and telemarketers from accepting or requesting remotely created checks or payment orders, cash-to-cash money...more

FTC Solicits Input on Possible Ban of Payment Methods Preferred by Fraudsters

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced today that it is seeking public commentary on proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) that would ban the use of the following types of payments by telemarketers...more

FTC Remains Tough on ‘Robocalls’ with New Enforcement Case

Once again, the FTC has completed a major enforcement action against the illegal use of robocalls, a form of prerecorded, computerized telemarketing calls. This time, the action resulted in a $1.1 million civil penalty...more

New Automated Opt-Out, Text Message, and Prerecorded Telemarketing Rules to Take Effect in 2013

Key provisions of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) telemarketing rule are scheduled to take effect in January and October of this year. Businesses that engage in telemarketing—including the delivery of text...more

FTC and States Target “Cardholder Services” Robocalls

On November 1, the FTC announced that courts have granted temporary restraining orders in five cases in which the FTC alleged that the defendants placed automated calls to consumers to make allegedly deceptive “no-risk”...more

FTC Cracks Down on Illegal Telemarketing in Debt Relief Scheme and Issues Agenda for Robocall Summit

In an action filed by the Federal Trade Commission, a California district court has issued a temporary restraining order against the operators of debt relief companies that the agency says not only made false representations...more

FTC Wins Judgment in Mortgage Modification Case

On July 2, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it obtained a $2.6 million judgment against three defendants for failing to provide mortgage modification services after collecting upfront fees from borrowers. The...more

FTC Says Scoot, Rascal! Rascal Scooters Penalized $100,000 for Calling Consumers on the Do Not Call Registry

On April 21, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Electronic Mobility Corporation (d/b/a Rascal Scooters) entered into a settlement agreement pursuant to which Rascal Scooters agreed to pay $100,000 as a civil penalty...more

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