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2016-08-22

Hillary Clinton Targeted in Deceptive Ads Promoting Fake Cancer Cures

While Trump hasn’t run many ads attacking Clinton, advertising claiming that Hillary Clinton is going to drop out has started to appear on thousands of websites, including several neo-nazi and neo-conference conspiracy sites. The advertising, claim that Hillary Clinton is going to drop out of the race as “soon as tomorrow” claim to have a video that Hillary Clinton “never wanted to see” and would force her from the White House.

The advertising, seeming political in nature, would seem to come from perhaps Trump or the GOP. However, they don’t – and they are both deceptive, illegal and fraudulent in my opinion.

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2016-08-19

Wow: Practice Fusion Slapped with 20 Year Privacy Order from FTC

Practice Fusion is an electronic health record platform that is used by doctors and patients to handle a variety of healthcare related activities.  The company was charged by the FTC with violating privacy information used on the site, and they have now settled with the company.  The company ran into the trouble because they were soliciting user reviews, but then publishing them without redacting their personal information (name, location, ect) without explicitly getting permission.

Jessica Rich, who is the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said of the issue, “Practice Fusion’s actions led consumers to share incredibly sensitive health information without [...]

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2016-08-11

1-800 Contacts in Trouble for Anti-Competitive Marketing Agreements

he Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a lawsuit against 1-800 Contacts, charging the online retailer of contact lenses with allegations of unlawfully orchestrating and maintaining a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival companies.

The FTC alleges 1-800 Contacts entered into bidding agreements with at least 14 competing companies and networks.

These bidding agreements purportedly restrain price competition in Internet search auctions. Additionally, they restrict truthful and non-misleading advertising to consumers, according to the FTC.

This case stems from 1-800 Contacts’ alleged decision to threaten competing companies with lawsuits after [...]

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2016-08-11

Cheerios To Face Trial for Fake Claims

Federal Judge has ruled that General Mills must stand trial in a lawsuit when it may have tricked consumers into thinking that Cheerios Protein was actually high in protein — when it actually just had loads and loads of sugar.

According to US District Judge Thelton Henderson, consumers may now pursue claims that General Mills broke the law by violating the Federal Nutrition Labeling and Education act, since it claimed that mislead consumers into thinking these Cheerios were actually high in protein. 

Though “skeptical” it would succeed, Henderson also refused to dismiss the plaintiffs’ claim that reasonable consumers would likely be deceived by [...]

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