deceptive advertising

University of Phoenix Settles FTC Deceptive Advertising Law Allegations

December 12th, 2019 On December 10, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a settlement with the University of Phoenix and its parent company, Apollo Education Group (“AEG”), for $191 million dollars.  This $191 million dollar settlement is the “largest settlement the FTC has ever obtained against a for-profit school.” This settlement is the culmination …

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Business Coaching Scheme Sunk by Deceptive Marketing

September 13, 2018  On January 29, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a complaint against Digital Altitude LLC, et al. (“Digital Altitude”), for misrepresentations regarding potential earnings and the goods and services it provided. Earlier this month, one of the defendants, Sean Brown, agreed to settle with the FTC. On its face, the business …

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Advertising Practices Land Tinder in Hot Water

October 12, 2017 The advertising practices of Tinder, Inc. (“Tinder”) are being called into question following the reinstatement of a class action lawsuit alleging that it engaged in various forms of deceptive business practices.  The popular mobile dating application, known for its “swipe right” matching feature, is alleged to have deceived consumers into paying ever higher …

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FTC Settles Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit against Operators of Online “High School”

February 27, 2017 Two weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced  multi-million dollar settlements with the operators of two online “high schools.”  According to a complaint filed by the FTC last year, Capitol Network Distance Learning Programs and Stepping Stonez Development, LLC, along with their respective principals (collectively, the “Defendants”), falsely advertised that their …

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FTC, NY AG Bring Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit Against Dietary Supplement Marketer

January 10, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the New York Attorney General (“NYAG”) have jointly filed a deceptive advertising lawsuit against the marketers of a dietary supplement.  The lawsuit claims that the marketers of the dietary supplement, Prevagen, made false and unsubstantiated claims regarding the product’s ability to improve memory and provide additional …

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FTC Wins Health Benefit-Related Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit

September 28, 2016 The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently prevailed in a deceptive advertising lawsuit against COORGA Nutraceuticals Corporation (“COORGA”) and its principal.  The judgment provides for, among other things, a monetary penalty of approximately $400,000 for consumer refunds and a prohibition against COORGA and its owner from making misleading prevention and other health-related claims …

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NYAG Announces Deceptive Advertising Settlements

July 26, 2016 Last week, the New York State Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) announced settlements with two separate companies relating to claims involving allegations of deceptive advertising and billing practices.  The companies, Tristar Products, Inc. (“Tristar”) and Product Trend (“PT”), directly market their respective products, ranging from women’s undergarments to pillows, to consumers.  The …

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