FTC Takes Action to Ensure Franchisees’ Complaints are Heard and Protect Against Illegal Fees

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and its staff took a suite of actions to address growing concern about unfair and deceptive practices by franchisors—to ensure that the franchise business model remains a ladder of opportunity to owning a business for honest small…

FTC Publishes Inflation-Adjusted Monetary Thresholds for Three Exemptions in Franchise Rule

The Federal Trade Commission has adjusted for inflation three monetary exemption thresholds used to determine whether the sale of a franchise qualifies for an exemption under the agency’s Franchise Rule. The rule requires franchisors to disclose key information prospective buyers need to evaluate…

FTC Acts to Stop Student Loan Debt Relief Scheme that Took Millions from Consumers in First Case under the Impersonation Rule

In its first case under the Impersonation Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has stopped a student loan debt relief scheme that bilked more than $20.3 million from consumers seeking debt relief by pretending to be affiliated with the Department of Education. A federal court…

FTC Action Leads to Industry Ban for Ringleader of Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

The ringleader of a student loan debt relief scam will be permanently banned from the debt relief industry and is required to turn over assets as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement with Marco Manzi resolves FTC charges…

24 International Competition Network Participants Issue Joint Statement on Increasing Tech Capacity to Keep Pace with Increasing Digitization of the Economy

The Federal Trade Commission and other member agencies of the International Competition Network (ICN) jointly issued a statement about how regulatory agencies can increase their tech capacity to keep pace with the increasing use of technology across industries. The joint statement grew out…

FTC Sends More Than $4.1 Million in Refunds to People Who Lost Money to Student Loan Debt Relief Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission is sending more than $4.1 million in refunds to people who lost money to student loan debt relief scammers who lured consumers with fake loan forgiveness claims and pocketed their money. The scheme used many names including Mission…

FTC and Partners Kick Off National Consumer Protection Week 2024

As part of National Consumer Protection Week (NPCW), the Federal Trade Commission and its partners, including consumer organizations, national advocacy organizations, and other federal, state, and local government agencies will participate in several virtual and in-person events on issues such as avoiding scams,…

FTC Action Leads to Permanent Ban for Scammers Who Charged Students Seeking Debt Relief with Junk Fees

A group of student loan debt relief scammers will be permanently banned from the debt relief industry and is required to turn over their assets as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. According to the FTC’s August 2023 complaint, since…

Court Finalizes Injunction and Monetary Judgment against Illegal Telemarketing Operation and its Owners

A federal district court has entered final orders against a telemarketing company and its owners, who made millions of illegal, unsolicited calls to people that were registered on the Do Not Call Registry. The court ordered the defendants to pay $28.7 million in…