Latest Federal Trade Commission News

Correction: FTC-HGTV Real Estate Classes story

Oct. 7, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 4 about a real estate seminar business, The Associated Press mischaracterized a federal court order against Zurixx LLC. The court put temporary restrictions on the company; it did not halt operations. The court also ordered Zurixx's assets to be preserved, not frozen. A...

Titus: Congress bill on hotel resort fees faces uphill path

Oct. 5, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal legislation requiring transparency in hotel room rate advertising faces an uphill battle in the current Congress, according to Nevada U.S. Rep. Dina Titus. Titus, a Democrat whose home district includes the resort-packed Las Vegas Strip, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that two...

Consumer watchdog agency probes Juul and 5 more vaping firms

Oct. 3, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal consumer watchdogs have ordered Juul and five other vaping companies to hand over information about how they market e-cigarettes, the government’s latest move targeting the industry. The announcement Thursday from the Federal Trade Commission comes amid a nationwide...

FTC sues Match Group, says it duped people into subscribing

Sep. 25, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Match Group for allegedly using notifications about phony profiles to trick consumers into paying for a subscription to dating site Match.com The site lets people create profiles for free but they need to pay for a subscription to respond to messages....

Democrats raise political influence issue in antitrust probe

Sep. 17, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are challenging a new Justice Department probe into a deal between California and four big automakers, accusing the Trump administration of using antitrust powers to target political opponents. "My suggestion is you're doing this for political reasons," Sen. Sheldon...

Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe

Sep. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress' bipartisan probe of the companies. Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders of the House Judiciary...

Big Tech faces a new set of foes: nearly all 50 US states

Sep. 10, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

Big tech companies have long rebuffed attempts by the U.S. federal government to scrutinize or scale back their market power. Now they face a scrappy new coalition as well: prosecutors from nearly all 50 states. In a rare show of bipartisan force, attorneys general from 48 states along with Puerto Rico and the...

Antitrust regulators pounce on Big Tech as probes widen

Sep. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The crackdown on Big Tech is intensifying as flanks of the government across the U.S. try to rein in the industry's immense power. Nearly every state — California and Alabama being the notable exceptions — joined in a bipartisan investigation of Google, just days after a...

As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes

Sep. 6, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two groups of states are targeting Facebook and Google in separate antitrust probes, widening the scrutiny of Big Tech beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations into their market dominance. Facebook and Google are two of the world's largest and most ubiquitous tech...

Antitrust regulators dig deeper into dominant tech companies

Sep. 6, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The government is circling the wagons around Big Tech as the scrutiny of its immense power intensifies. Two groups of state attorneys general are joining the fray with separate investigations into whether Google and Facebook have been unfairly leveraging their array of popular —...