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A Blog About FTC regulations and happenings

January 10, 2011

FTC Issues New Rule on Mortgage Scammers

By: Ifrah Law
As the economic crisis continues for many homeowners, the Federal Trade Commission has taken actions to protect homeowners from mortgage relief scams. Most of the new requirements took effect on December 29, 2010, and all of the new requirements can be applied to affiliate marketers, who immediately need to be aware of the rule. The Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule was approved by the FTC to protect distressed homeowners from mortgage relief scams. Some companies falsely claim that, for a fee, they will negotiate with a mortgage lender to obtain relief from foreclosure. In the case of bogus operations, this is a scam, and the FTC has brought dozens of cases against them. The rule prohibits mortgage relief companies from making false or misleading claims, including claims about the likelihood that consumers will gain the relief that they seek, the consumer’s payment and other mortgage obligations, and the amount of money the consumer will save by using the company’s... Read more
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December 1, 2010

Not the Right Solution to Online Privacy Concerns

By: Ifrah Law

It has been widely reported that the Obama administration will soon announce a proposal designed to strengthen consumer privacy on the Internet. The plan, calling for new laws and a new “watchdog” position to oversee the effort, is expected to be part of an upcoming Commerce Department report. The concern about online privacy is well… Read More

The Federal Trade Commission is taking steps to show that it is quite serious about enforcing the so-called blogger disclosure rules that it issued last year. The rules say, essentially, that when someone endorses or reviews a product or service, the person must disclose any relationship with the company that produces the product. So if… Read More

Is there a way to hold a government agency like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accountable for the cost to businesses of what a company says are abrupt and systemic changes in regulatory standards? POM Wonderful LLC, a Los Angeles-based juice company, is trying to do just that by suing the FTC in District Court…. Read More

Late last month, we noted a highly unusual decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay in the District of Columbia to order the Federal Trade Commission to respond to interrogatories about a subpoena it had issued to Paul Bisaro, the CEO of Watson Pharmaceuticals, in a generic-drug investigation. Normally, that sort of inquiry into the… Read More

When a U.S. magistrate judge in the District of Columbia issued his ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Bisaro on July 13, 2010, permitting limited discovery of certain FTC officials regarding an agency subpoena, it had been more than three decades since the D.C. Circuit had found that “extraordinary circumstances” were present that warranted discovery… Read More