United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Fair Debt Collection Act Business practices – Knowledge – Control of businesses – Disgorgement Federal Trade Commission v. Federal Check Processing Inc. 16-3811-(L) Judges Cabranes, Sack, and Parker Background: The plaintiff commenced an action alleging that the defendants’ debt collection practices had violated several provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act and ... … [Read more...] about Second Circuit – Fair Debt Collection Act: Federal Trade Commission v. Federal Check Processing Inc.
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CleanSlate UV sees great promise in its product that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect mobile devices in settings like healthcare, food and biotech facilities. But the Buffalo company argues a competitor, PhoneSoap, has made deceptive claims in marketing materials about its own product. As a result, CleanSlate on Wednesday filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against Utah-based PhoneSoap. The complaint claims PhoneSoap has made "improperly substantiated claims" about its new Med+ Ultraviolet disinfection product to potential buyers, including hospital systems. CleanSlate is essentially concerned that if PhoneSoap's product doesn't perform as promoted, customers will be less likely to embrace ultraviolet light technology as a way to disinfect mobile devices. CleanSlate's CEO, Taylor Mann, said he is also concerned that PhoneSoap is competing for customers using what Mann considers inaccurate information. … [Read more...] about CleanSlate UV files Federal Trade Commission complaint over rival’s claims
Emily Langer, The Washington Post Published 9:09 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Robert Pitofsky, a scholar of antitrust law who as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission was credited with energizing the agency dubbed the "little old lady of Pennsylvania Avenue" with his forceful yet measured approach to competition and consumer protection, died Oct. 6 at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He was 88. He had complications from Alzheimer's disease, said his son David Pitofsky. Pitofsky dedicated his career to antitrust matters as a professor, including at Georgetown University's law school, where he was dean from 1983 to 1989, and as a lawyer with the Washington firm Arnold and Porter. But he was best known for his time at the FTC, the federal agency tasked with curbing anti-competitive and deceptive practices in the marketplace. Pitofsky joined the agency as head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection from 1970 to 1973. He returned as an FTC commissioner under President … [Read more...] about Robert Pitofsky, activist Federal Trade Commission chairman, dies at 88
Representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the National Consumer Law Center discussed consumer scams on July 26. (l-r) Jenifer Bosco and Jeremiah Battle Jr., NCLC staff attorneys; William Efron, FTC northeast regional director; and Janice Fahey, Massachusetts AGO legal analyst for vulnerable populations. Photo:Sandra Larson They call to say your grandchild is in trouble and needs money wired right away, or to bully you into paying debts you may or may not owe. They show up at your door to promise lower electric bills, or email to say there’s a problem with your Social Security, tax return, passport, bank account or computer and you need to supply information — or wire money — to resolve the problem. They pose as travel agents, bilking your immigrant community of thousands of dollars for nonexistent plane tickets to home countries. There seems to be no end to the schemes bad actors concoct to prey on … [Read more...] about Consumer scams proliferate, Federal Trade Commission urges caution
Supporters of the European Commission’s case against Android, in which the commission found the tying of Chrome and other apps to Google Play to be illegal under European antitrust laws, would like us to think that it’s a modern-day Microsoft case. That is, a groundbreaking use of competition laws to install competition in high-tech markets. But in looking through Microsoft-tinted glasses, the commission has neglected to see the significant changes in technology markets that render its case decidedly less spectacular. The Microsoft case took place in a low-tech, dial-up world where competition easily could be blocked by incumbents. In the modern tech ecosystem, developers and users now have many increasing ways to connect that no single company can control as Microsoft did. And on Android itself, Google allows for more competition and openness than that provided by companies of the dial-up era. Microsoft was an important case as much due to the state of the market as the … [Read more...] about European Commission’s Google case is stuck in Windows era