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Ad Scheme Lands Anthony Renfrow in Jail

Anthony Renfrow of Sacramento, California

Anthony Renfrow has pleaded guilty in a California court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  During the plea he admitted to making claims to attempt to convince people to pay to become what he called ‘autosurf investors.’  He said he  knew the claims were fraudulent. The issue is related to the site 14DailyPlus.com in which investors paid ... Read More »

FCC Chairman Circulates Proposal to Address Open TCPA Petitions

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FCC Chairman Wheeler has announced that he is circulating a proposal to address more than twenty backlogged petitions seeking clarity regarding the scope of the requirements under the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  He authored a blog post on the proposal. As part of the Chairman’s proposal, the FCC would issue the following rulings: 1.  Consumers can revoke their consent ... Read More »

Revisiting TCPA Compliance

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Beginning October 16, 2013, prior express written consent became a requirement for all autodialed/pre-recorded calls and text messages, made and/or sent to cell phones, and pre-recorded calls made to residential land lines for marketing purposes. What follows is intended to be a brief refresher of relevant consent requirements and obligations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As a starting point, ... Read More »

FTC’s Charges Marketers With Making Unsubstantiated Claims

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The Federal Trade Commission has filed a federal court complaint seeking to prohibit Lunada Biomedical, Inc. and its principals from advertising that their dietary supplement Amberen causes substantial weight loss for women over 40, and that the weight loss is clinically proven.  Between 2010 and 2013, Lunada sold almost $65 million worth of Amberen nationwide. “Lunada marketed Amberen to women over ... Read More »

Federal Court Adopts Broad Interpretation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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Plaintiff American Furukawa Inc. brought Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and related claims against an employee who took a job with a competitor and subsequently spent several weeks downloading corporate files.  The former employee downloaded a number of files in the first week of the relevant time period, then took a leave of absence for four weeks while continuing to download files.  The employee returned to work ... Read More »

FTC Obtains Court Order Halting Deceptive Weight Loss Advertising Operation

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The Federal Trade Commission has obtained a court order temporarily halting a California operation that allegedly used millions of illegal SPAM emails, along with bogus weight-loss claims and fake, unauthorized endorsements from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, to market its unproven diet pills. The court order halts the defendants’ illegal conduct, freezes their assets and appoints a temporary receiver over the corporate defendants.  ... Read More »

Law Firm Starts Investigation into Twitter for Fraud

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It was recently confirmed that Twitter is being investigated by TheGrantLawFirm, PLLC for possible securities fraud.  The fraud is in connection with the Company’s statements about the net users and ad revenues that were stated during the first quarter of 2015.  In addition to Twitter as a company, some of its officers and directors are also a part of the ... Read More »

FTC Settles with Brickstream on Mobile Tracking

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The FTC has recently alleged that a small mobile tracking firm that was acquired by Brickstream in 2014 (after the activities in question) has improperly used mobile tracking.  Specifically, they claim that while they said that users could opt out of the tracking, there was never actually an option to do so.  The activities in question took place over a ... Read More »

EU Filing Charges Against Google

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Regulators in the European Union have decided that they are going to be filing charges against Google.  The charges, which are related to a five year antitrust investigation that is ongoing, will be based around the apparent abuse of their market position in the EU according to sources. They will be accused of violating the EU’s laws in this area. ... Read More »

Amazon Suing Fake Review Companies

Amazon going after companies who provide fake reviews

In addition to being the go-to place for online shopping, Amazon has also become a leader in online reviews.  With thousands of people posting millions of reviews, many shoppers come to Amazon to see what others have said about a product before they purchase it.  This is true even when they don’t end up purchasing it from Amazon.  Some of ... Read More »

Japanese Force Removal of Negative Reviews

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In a movement being popularly called the ‘right to be forgotten’ more and more individuals as well as companies are demanding that information written about them online is removed.  This is primarily impacting search engines, which are being asked to delist or remove different content, though it can also be directed directly at the sites hosting consent. A recent example ... Read More »

Clinical Garcinia Data May Increase Conversions

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It is no secret that dietary supplements, herbal remedies, patches, creams, wraps and products rubbed into the skin are high-profile.  Weight loss offers are among the most intensely scrutinized by local, state and federal regulators, including those for garcinia cambogia. Each website must be in substantial compliance based on the specific facts and nature of the advertising program.  There is ... Read More »

CoreLogic Ordered to Pay $16M from Deceptive Advertising

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LeadClick Media who closed their doors in 2011 and its parent company, CoreLogic, Inc (NYSE: CLGX) have been ordered to turn over $16 million in revenue that they received through a weight-loss marketing scam.  The marketing that was used was determined to be deceptive by the US district courts.  The court granted the FTC’s request for a summary judgment that ... Read More »

Revenge Porn King gets 18 Years in Prison

Revenge Creep Kevin Christopher Bollaert

So called ‘revenge porn’ sites are fairly popular today, sadly.  They offer a place where upset ex-husbands, boyfriends (mostly, though there are some that allow male images and videos) can upload pictures and videos of their former partners where the rest of the world can see them.  This, of course, is very upsetting to the victims, whose images are then ... Read More »

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