Federal Trade Commission News

Oregon Grocery Chain Sues Albertsons for $1B

The small Oregon-based grocery-store chain Haggen this week sued Albertsons for more than $1 billion in damages, alleging the supermarket giant engaged in systematic efforts to eliminate it as a viable competitor in five states. The lawsuit, filed in federal …

FTC Calls for Consumer Disclosure by Data Brokers

Companies known as data brokers collect and sell information about “nearly all” U.S. consumers, drawing potentially harmful conclusions about them largely without their knowledge, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday. The Federal Trade Commission called on Congress to pass legislation that …

Court Says FTC Can Sue Hotel Chain Over Data Breaches

A U.S. court ruled on Monday that the Federal Trade Commission can proceed with a lawsuit against hotel group Wyndham Worldwide Corp. for allegedly failing to safeguard consumers’ personal information. Wyndham had argued that the commission did not have jurisdiction …

Federal Trade Commission Moves Closer to ‘Patent Troll’ Study

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday took another step toward a comprehensive study of “patent trolls” – companies in the business of buying and asserting patents – to see if they are hurting competition with abusive litigation. FTC commissioners …

Top 10 Consumer Complaint Categories

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released its top 10 consumer complaint categories for 2012. For the first time ever, the agency received more than two million complaints. Of the two million complaints, 18 percent were related to identity theft. …

1 in 20 Credit Reports Have Errors: FTC

One in 20 American consumers had mistakes on their credit reports that would have increased their interest rates on loans or caused them to pay more for insurance, the Federal Trade Commission said in a report released on Monday. Experian, …

Businesses Call for Controls on Litigation Funding Firms

A business lobby group has called on the U.S. Congress to regulate companies that provide financing for commercial lawsuits, describing the practice as “coercive enterprise.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a long-time critic of third-party litigation …

FTC Settles with Facebook Over Privacy Breaches

The Federal Trade Commission voted Friday to finalize its settlement with Facebook, resolving charges that the social network exposed details about users’ lives without getting the required legal consent. Facebook Inc. agreed to submit to government audits of its privacy …

FTC Wants Voluntary Online ‘Do Not Track’ System

U.S. regulators are pressuring Internet companies to put in place by the end of the year a “Do Not Track” system that would give consumers more control over their personal data online, in a report released on Monday that privacy …

Lawsuit Seeks To Block Google’s Privacy Changes

A consumer watchdog group is suing the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to prevent Google from making sweeping changes to its privacy policies next month. The planned revisions would enable Google Inc. to bundle the personal information gathered by …