Online Advertising, Affiliate Marketing Compliance and Fraud with Pace Lattin


FTC Chair States that the Agency will Advocate to Oppose State Special Interests

FTC Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhuasen has recently indicated that the Commission will advocate on a state level to oppose special-interest groups seeking to impose burdensome job licensing requirements and other regulations that limit competition. In conjunction with the policy initiative, the FTC has launched a new website highlighting the work of the agency’s new Economic Liberty… Keep Reading


FTC Charges Marketers of Invention Promotion Scheme with Deception and Unfairly Suppressing Consumer Criticism

Consistent with recent remarks by acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen regarding re-focusing the agency on its “bread-and-butter fraud enforcement” priorities, the Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of a patent and invention-promotion scam with deceiving consumers and suppressing complaints about the company by using threats of criminal prosecution. In a recently issued press release, the… Keep Reading


FTC Returns Money to Victims of Biz Opp Scheme

In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission obtained court orders banning a group of marketers that allegedly cheated American and Canadian consumers out of more than $7 million from selling business or work-at-home opportunities. The orders resolved charges that the defendants conned consumers into believing they could make money by referring merchants in their area to… Keep Reading


FTC and NYS Charge Marketers of Cognitive Enhancement Supplement with Deceptive Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission and New York State Attorney General recently charged the marketers of the dietary supplement Prevagen with making false and unsubstantiated claims that the product improves memory, provides cognitive benefits and is “clinically shown” to work. As part of its extensive national advertising campaign, the marketers feature charts depicting dramatic improvement in… Keep Reading


Western Union to Pay $586 Million to Settle DOJ Money Laundering case

Western Union will pay $586 million in customer refunds and beef up its money laundering and fraud protections after admitting to criminally violating the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act and federal anti-fraud regulations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement also involves the Federal Trade Commission and covers conduct that took place between 2004… Keep Reading


Ashley Madison Doesn’t Have Money to Pay FTC Fine.

Ashley Madison, the site which promotes cheating and STD sharing, has been under investigation for a breach in its data management system that saw 36 million account details published online but now will only have to pay $1.6 million USD of a $17.5 million settlement to the US Federal Trade Commission. According to an FTC… Keep Reading


Credit Card Debt Scammers Banned by FTC For Life and Fined $27 Million

Steven D. Short and his wife Karissa L. Dyar, E.M. Systems & Services LLC, Administrative Management & Design LLC, Empirical Data Group Technologies LLC, Epiphany Management Systems LLC, and KLS Industries LLC, doing business as Satisfied Service Solutions LLC has been sued by the FTC. Now the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a ban Nov.… Keep Reading


Facebook Stops Student Loan Ads

Claiming that many of the advertising being run on Facebook for student loans is fake, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put pressure on Facebook to ban them – and it looks like Facebook has complied. The letters from Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s student loan ombudsman, say web analytics show stressed-out borrowers are searching on-line… Keep Reading

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