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On May 25, 2011, a class action was filed against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego for intentionally misrepresenting employment data of recent alumni. The complaint states that in order to continue attracting students despite exorbitant law student debt and a depleted legal job market, TJSL has “adopted a practice of misrepresenting its post-graduation employment statistics.” These facts aren’t unique. According to a non-profit devoted to this issue, until very recently almost all 198 American Bar Association-accredited law schools deceptively touted churning out graduates with at least a 90 percent employment rate within nine months of graduation. The Above the Law blog very recently referred to UCLA Law’s claim that 97.9 percent of its class of 2010 was employed within nine months of graduation at a median starting salary of $145,000 as “frankly unbelievable.” According to Paul Campos in The New Republic, only about 60 percent of law graduates nationwide obtain permanent, full-time legal employment nine months after graduation. Some observers say the... Read more

An organization that represents online affiliates filed suit in federal court this month challenging the constitutionality of a new Illinois law targeted at collecting sales tax from Web retailers. Internet retail giant Amazon.com has threatened to cut off its marketing affiliates in Illinois in an effort to avoid paying the tax, and other companies are… Read More

When deciding whether to buy a product or service, how often do you check out product reviews or testimonials and how often does that research impact your purchasing decision? The FTC seems to consider consumer reviews and testimonials as pretty persuasive – most notably in the context of online write-ups. In 2009, the Commission revised… Read More

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June 22, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, June 1-20

By: Jeff Ifrah

This is the sixth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Perjury, Obstruction and Barry Bonds’ Conviction Read why we regard the Barry Bonds obstruction of justice verdict as troubling: It sets a bad precedent for the grand jury… Read More

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June 14, 2011

FTC Tries to Stay One Step Ahead of Internet Fraud

By: Nicole Kardell

The FTC’s recent settlement with a California-based Internet marketer may provide a good example of why the Commission is revising its online advertising guidelines. The FTC announced last Thursday that it has reached a settlement with Jaivin Karnani, his company, Balls of Kryptonite, and several associated companies.  The settlement resolves charges the FTC brought against… Read More

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against a Canadian entrepreneur and a group of web-based businesses that promised “free” offers that were far from free. In its lawsuit, the FTC charges the online marketers with scamming consumers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand out of more… Read More

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May 18, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, May 1-13

By: Jeff Ifrah

This is the fifth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Bank Hit With FCA Complaint Over Mortgage Lending The Justice Department uses a Civil-War era statute in a very unusual context – to try to recover more than… Read More

Having the Federal Trade Commission – or any other government agency – initiate an action against you or your company may seem like very bad news. But it can get much worse. Sometimes, what starts as a civil action by a government regulator can culminate in jail time. This is the hard lesson learned by… Read More

There’s no question that the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to prevent deceptive and unfair trade practices, such as false or misleading claims directed at consumers. Somehow, however, that authority has morphed into a much broader reach than one would have expected on the basis of common sense. We’ve written extensively about such jurisdictional… Read More

The FTC recently filed suit against ten operations with websites that market acai berry weight loss products. The FTC alleged that the companies’ websites – which look like news websites – deceived consumers who thought the sites were credible journalistic outlets as opposed to elaborate marketing schemes. According to the FTC, the sites contained titles… Read More

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