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DNA Testing Firm Hit with $700K Fine for Alleged Deceptive Ads

California AG Rob Bonta and the FTC settled with CRI Genetics, LLC to resolve allegations that the DNA testing firm violated the FTC Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law by making misrepresentations to consumers in order to induce them to buy ancestry reports. The complaint alleges that CRI made false representations…

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FTC Doesn’t Sugarcoat Warning Letters to Social Media Influencers, Trade Associations

The FTC sent warning letters to two trade associations and twelve online health influencers warning them that they may have violated the FTC Act by failing to adequately disclose payments for social media posts promoting the safety of aspartame and the consumption of sugar-containing products.

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NAAG Consumer Protection Conference Explores Dark Patterns, Advertising Law, Fake Reviews & AI

On Tuesday, November 7, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) held its Fall 2023 Consumer Protection Conference in Washington, D.C., welcoming representatives from 43 state AG offices, the FTC, and an equal number of private sector attendees.

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FTC Alleges Cash Advance Provider’s Tactics Were a Bridge Too Far

The FTC reached a proposed settlement with Bridge It, Inc. d/b/a Brigit, to resolve allegations that the personal finance app provider violated the FTC Act and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act through deceptive acts and practices in its provision of cash advance services. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company advertised $9.99-per-month subscriptions for…

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Alleged Scammers Banned from Debt Relief Industry in FTC Settlement

The FTC settled with SL Finance LLC and its owners, and separately with BCO Consulting Services Inc. and SLA Consulting Services Inc. and their owners, to resolve allegations that the entities and individuals violated the FTC Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act through the deceptive marketing and…

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