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 Spam seems to be everywhere these days, and it has now invaded your wireless handheld.  Last month, the Federal Trade Commission filed its first lawsuit ever against an alleged perpetrator of “spam texting” – the practice of sending unsolicited commercial text messages to a large number of people.  The FTC is alleging that Phillip Flora of Huntington Beach, Calif., sent some five million unsolicited commercial texts to wireless handhelds to promote his debt relief and loan modification programs. Flora’s mass texting, according to the FTC, violated the Federal Trade Commission Act because his “acts or practices … are unfair.” Although the allegation may sound vague, a closer review of the FTCA and the FTC’s jurisdiction may show that the case against Flora has a substantial basis in law.  The FTC also charged Flora with other violations of the FTCA as well as of the CAN-SPAM Act, including deceiving consumers by representing a government affiliation and sending commercial e-mails without the required return address and opt-out provisions. The “unfairness” allegation, though, raises the... Read more

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

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March 27, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, March 9-23

By: Ifrah Law

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

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

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March 21, 2011

Does Google Need to Police Its Ads for Fraud?

By: Ifrah Law

Do Google and other search engines have an obligation to screen their advertisers for those who may be perpetrating consumer fraud? Google has said in the past that its AdWords Content Policy will reject advertisements for sites that make false claims and that it investigates and removes any ads that violate Google’s internal policies, but… Read More

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March 16, 2011

Is FTC Action Needed Against Pricey Apps?

By: Ifrah Law

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

This is the third of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Will the Internet Taint a Loughner Verdict? Is it impossible for accused Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner to get a fair trial because jurors will inevitably be looking… Read More

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March 4, 2011

Ifrah Quoted in News Outlets Coast to Coast

By: Ifrah Law

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

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

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

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