Category: Fraud

April 12, 2011

Do Companies Need to Change the Way They Use Online Consumer Data?

The FTC recently entered into an agreement with Internet advertising company Chitika, Inc., settling charges that the company deceptively tracked consumers’ online activities. At issue in the FTC’s complaint was that Chitika’s privacy policy gave consumers the ability to opt out of being tracked by the company’s use of online “cookies,” but that – unbeknownst… Read More

March 31, 2011

Strike Force Hits Hard at Massive Medicare Fraud

Last month, the Federal Medicare Strike Force charged 111 defendants in nine states for their alleged participation in fraud schemes that reportedly cost Medicare almost a quarter billion dollars. Last month’s sweep resulted from the Justice Department’s and Health and Human Services’ work with the FBI, the HHS  inspector general, and various state and local law… Read More

March 29, 2011

Identity Theft Tops List of FTC Complaints in 2010

This month, the Federal Trade Commission released its list of the top ten consumer complaints received by the agency in 2010. This list represents a good indication of some of the areas toward which the FTC may direct its resources and increase its scrutiny. For the 11th year in a row, identity theft was the… Read More

March 27, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, March 9-23

This is the fourth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Proposed Gaming Bill Could Make Nevada First to Legalize Online Poker Nevada, long an innovator in the gambling arena, may soon take another major step by becoming the first… Read More

March 23, 2011

Online Sellers Need to Beware of State Attorneys General

The Pennsylvania Attorney General filed a consumer protection lawsuit last month against Zoommania, LLC, a Philadelphia-based Internet electronics store, for a bait-and-switch scheme the company allegedly employed in online sales and for its creation of new websites to avoid negative customer feedback resulting from the scheme. The complaint, which seeks restitution for consumers, alleges that… Read More

March 16, 2011

Is FTC Action Needed Against Pricey Apps?

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the apathy of the American parent. If a parent drops off a child at a candy store, handing the child a credit card and saying nothing more than he’ll be back in 15 minutes, should that parent be angry with the candy store owner if the child ends up buying… Read More

March 4, 2011

Ifrah Quoted in News Outlets Coast to Coast

On March 2, 2011, Jeff Ifrah, founding partner of the Ifrah Law firm in Washington, D.C., provided commentary on two different breaking news items to The Washington Post, the Associated Press, ABC News, the Blog of the Legal Times and several other major news outlets. That day, an article in The Washington Post quoted Ifrah… Read More

March 3, 2011

FTC Cracks Down on Merchants’ Empty Promises

On March 2, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced “Operation Empty Promises,” a multi-agency law enforcement initiative aimed at cracking down on misleading “work from home” and other business opportunity offers. The campaign includes more than 90 actions brought by various state and federal agencies in the past year, including the Department of Justice, the… Read More

February 25, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Semi-monthly Blog Wrap-up, February 1-18

This is the second of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s two blogs. 1. Is D.C. on the Way to Legalizing Online Poker? On February 2, we were among the first media outlets to point out that a little-noticed amendment could… Read More

February 17, 2011

Chargebacks Can Be a Major Problem for Small Businesses

The Wall Street Journal has acknowledged the serious problem that chargebacks pose to businesses in an article posted on its website. Merchants pay a heavy price for these reverse credit card transactions, which cost them a lost sale, the lost product, and a fine imposed by the credit card company. What’s more, courts have equated… Read More

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