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April 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Everything including the kitchen sink was stripped from a rental home in Tacoma after an Internet classified ad invited people to take whatever they wanted for free. The landlord says the ad, posted last weekend on the Craigslist website, was fake. Laurie Raye said she had cleaned out the rental after evicting a tenant. After the ad appeared, the property was stripped of the sink, light fixtures and even the front door.
March 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission filed deceptive practices and contempt charges against individuals and firms running a "mystery shopping" operation. In "Mystery Shop Link" advertisements, consumers were told that if they paid $99.95 for training and certification, they could access ample job postings through the company and earn a steady income.
January 26, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
About half of the most aggressively marketed children's food with pictures or names of fruit on the packaging contains no fruit at all, according to a report to be released today at the 2007 California Childhood Obesity Conference in Anaheim. Some of the least fruity products were cereal and yogurt, said lead author Leslie Mikkelsen, a dietitian for Prevention Institute, an Oakland-based nonprofit that promotes community-based health and safety programs.
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fined the marketers of four weight-loss pills $25 million for making false advertising claims including rapid weight loss and cancer prevention. FTC Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras said that the products would remain on store shelves, but that the companies would have to stop making the false claims. "What we challenge is the marketing of the claims," she said.
December 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two companies will pay a combined $14.5 million to settle allegations they tricked residents of California and 16 other states into paying for programs that claimed to offer discounts on automotive service and home repair, Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Tom Corbett said Monday. Chase Bank USA, a unit of New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Trilegiant Corp.
September 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
In a blow to the tobacco industry, a federal judge ruled Monday that a jury should decide whether tobacco companies must pay tens of millions of smokers as much as $200 billion for allegedly duping them into buying "light" cigarettes over the last three decades. The cigarette makers said they would appeal but their shares sank on Wall Street as the ruling granting class-action status to the case clouded what had appeared to be an improving legal environment for the industry. Altria Group Inc.
September 15, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
It's lawsuit time again in the battle over Proposition 87, the environmental initiative that would slap a $400-million-a-year tax on oil production in California. Californians for Clean Energy, the group backing Proposition 87, on Thursday sued opponent group Californians Against Higher Taxes in Sacramento County Superior Court. The complaint claims that the oil companies that have poured $35 million into television and print advertisements are violating campaign disclosure laws.
July 25, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A company marketing penile enhancement pills has agreed to pay the Orange County district attorney's office $300,000 in civil penalties for false advertising and unfair business practices, a district attorney's spokeswoman said Monday. Dish Direct Inc., also known as Maximizer Health Products Inc., which produces ExtenZe, will also stop making unsubstantiated advertising claims, honor refund requests and eliminate lead in their pills, which was making customers sick, Susan Kang Schroeder said.
June 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Los Angeles company whose nationwide advertising offered tax delinquents a chance to settle with the Internal Revenue Service for "pennies on the dollar" collected hefty fees but often couldn't deliver on its promises, according to two lawsuits. New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs filed a lawsuit Monday accusing American Tax Relief of bombarding households with junk mail that exaggerated what it could do for clients with big tax debts.
April 20, 2006 | From Reuters
A company that offered to help U.S. inventors turn ideas into profitable products was ordered to repay consumers $26 million and stop using bogus claims to recruit customers, the Federal Trade Commission said. The FTC sued Davison & Associates Inc., accusing the firm of making false claims in ads to sign up inventors by boasting of relationships with manufacturers.
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