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For years, crowdfunding has been a bit like the Wild West of finance. But as the industry continues to grow, state and federal authorities are catching up to abusers of the system.
The FTC's new guidelines won't impact micro-influencers, who know they can skirt the rules without getting caught.
The chip manufacturer's exclusive agreement with the iPhone maker unfairly locked out competitors, the FTC said.
The Federal Trade Commission has launched investigations into a number of big-name brands it says have bent the rules governing paid celebrity endorsements.
If a company is paying you to shill a product on social media, you better do more than write a little #ad hashtag at the very end of your post.
The FTC had sued Amazon in 2014, alleging that the company failed to make proper disclosures to parents regarding purchases made by their children.
'The public ought to know that the government wanted Amazon to say some things that weren't true,' Emmet Sullivan said.
More than a year ago, Staples offered to buy Office Depot in a transaction then valued at about $5.5 billion, pressured by declining sales in the office supplies sector and the rise of rivals.
'Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads,' said the FTC's director of consumer protection.