Consumer News Archives
The president has signed into law the TRACED Act, giving Attorneys General, the FCC and the FTC more tools to go after individuals and companies who break the law by making illegal robocalls. Fifty-four attorneys general wrote a letter in March of 2019 urging congress to pass the TRACED Act.
December 31, 2019
The FTC is mailing more than 30,000 refund checks totaling more than $2.6 million to small businesses that lost money to an office supply scheme that used the names A-1 Janitorial, Target Supplies, Century Manufacturing, and CMC. According to the FTC, the defendants called small businesses throughout the United States and Canada, offered a free sample of a cleaning product or other office supply, shipped the sample, and then billed the business for the full cost of the product, even when the business refused to accept the product.
Attorneys General have expressed concern about Facebook’s business practices which may have put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, and increased the price of advertising.
October 22, 2019
42 Attorneys General settled with Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Inc., requiring the companies to pay the states more than $116 million as a result of their alleged deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.
50 Attorneys General have announced a multistate antitrust investigation of Google. The Attorneys General plan to investigate Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers.
September 9, 2019
44 Attorneys General, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, settled with Student Credit Union Connect, LLC, a former private student loan company affiliated with the bankrupt for profit college ITT Tech, providing more than $168 million in debt relief to former ITT students.