September 11, 2013 |
A national Latina advocacy group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the business practices of Los Angeles nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd. MANA, a Washington-based group that advocates for Latinas, is the latest organization to call for an investigation of Herbalife. The company has been under fire since December, when billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman said he believed the company operates a pyramid scheme that victimizes its independent sales force, many of them Latinos.
August 22, 2013 |
A Los Angeles digital marketing company scammed "a substantial number" of Angry Birds players through deceptive banner ads, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint. Jesta Digital agreed to a $1.2-million settlement with the FTC. On top of that, the company agreed to give refunds to customers who were duped. The ads targeted the hundreds of millions of Android device owners who use the free version of the mobile game Angry Birds , the FTC complaint said. Jesta ads in the app and other places online said that a virus had been detected on the device.
July 19, 2013 |
Wall Street investors have been standing behind Herbalife Ltd., but the Los Angeles nutritional products maker can't seem to shake questions about its controversial business model. Since hedge fund manager Bill Ackman accused the company in a report in December of operating a pyramid scheme, Herbalife repeatedly has asserted that its multilevel marketing engine is solid and clean. This week, Latino worker groups and public advocacy organizations met with officials from the Federal Trade Commission to ask for an investigation into Herbalife's operations, particularly its handling of its huge network of distributors.
July 18, 2013
Re "Telemarketers calling in backup," Column, July 16 David Lazarus' piece on unwanted commercial calls really resonated with me, since I'm one of those who has recently experienced a marked increase in such calls in spite of being on the federal government's Do Not Call Registry. These calls are so annoying that I decided to take action. I resolved to report each and every such call to the Federal Trade Commission, even though its website says it's not going to do much about it. Here's what I do when I get an unwanted commercial call: I pretend I'm interested and get the caller to give me the name, address and telephone number of the company.
July 15, 2013 |
Now he's got 100 problems. Rapper Jay-Z was widely praised for his business savvy after he announced a plan to give away 1 million copies of his new album to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users through a special app. But that app has generated a slew of complaints from users, and even a fellow rapper , worried about data it collects. Now the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, an advocacy group, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “ Samsung failed to disclose material information about the privacy practices of the App, collected data unnecessary to the functioning of the Magna Carta App, deprived users of meaningful choice regarding the collection of their data, interfered with device functionality, and failed to implement reasonable data minimization procedures,” the group said in the complaint.
July 15, 2013 |
Dan Yeh has been on the federal government's Do Not Call Registry for years. And for a while, it seemed like the leave-me-alone system worked just fine. Not anymore. "There's been a real surge recently," Yeh, 72, told me. "I've been getting five or six calls a day, at all hours, seven days a week. " The Huntington Beach resident isn't alone. I've heard similar complaints from dozens of other people. Regardless of having registered a phone line with the Federal Trade Commission as a telemarketer-free zone, a growing number of consumers are saying that some businesses are ignoring their stated preference and calling anyway.