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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 on the significance of an FTC press conference at which the agency pledged to crack down on marketers who promise bogus business opportunities The same day, Ifrah was quoted on the same development in a posting on the Blog of Legal Times (BLT). Also on March 2, the Associated Press quoted Ifrah on the issues behind a guilty plea by a former executive at Alabama-based Colonial Bank in a nearly billion-dollar fraud conspiracy involving a mortgage lender, Taylor Bean. The article was picked up by The Washington Post, salon.com, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ABC News, Seattle Times, and many other outlets. 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

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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February 16, 2011

Wu Appointment May Mean More Regulation to Come

By: Ifrah Law

On February 8, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu would be joining the Commission’s Office of Policy Planning. The law professor known for coining the phrase “net neutrality” reportedly will advise the Commission on long-range competition and consumer protection policy initiatives. Professor Wu’s appointment is considered by many in the… Read More

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February 10, 2011

FTC Cracks Down on Bogus Virus-Removal Software

By: Ifrah Law

It’s a gut-wrenching feeling when a computer owner realizes that his or her computer may be infected with a virus. Immediately, one’s thoughts turn to the data that could be permanently lost — documents and pictures that may be difficult or impossible to replace. Next comes the realization that if the documents can be recovered… Read More

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February 7, 2011

FTC Looks at Football Helmet Safety Claims

By: Ifrah Law

Helmet safety has caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission, which is looking into marketing claims that some football helmets can help reduce concussions. Recent months have seen widespread publicity about concussions and other traumatic head and neck injuries suffered by football players, prompting the National Football League to step up enforcement of rules… Read More

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February 3, 2011

Middlemen Run Afoul of FTC Suspicions

By: Ifrah Law

Brokers, middlemen, and intermediaries serve an economic purpose: to put people who want a product or service in touch with a product maker or service provider. Real estate brokers help us buy and sell homes; mortgage brokers help us find lenders for our home purchases; manufacturing reps help get new products on our grocery shelves,… Read More

The Federal Trade Commission has been clamping down on several major food companies regarding health claims in their advertising.  Iovate Health Sciences USA and Nestle S.A. subsidiary, Nestle Healthcare Nutrition, Inc., were the first to come under FTC fire, both entering into settlement agreements last summer.  Dannon Company, Inc. and POM Wonderful LLC were next. … Read More

This is the first 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. Can Police Read a Suspect’s Text Messages Without a Warrant? What happens when the usual rules of search and seizure collide with the new world of information… Read More

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