Federal Trade Commission

FTC officials: Ban on Tesla's direct sales 'bad policy'

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
In an unusual move, three top officials with the FTC on Thursday came out in opposition to laws that ban automakers like Tesla Motors from selling automobiles directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Ally takes step toward 'free at last' with IPO

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
It's been a long time coming, but Ally Financial finally filed for its initial public stock offering today -- another step in a long process toward becoming a truly independent company.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

CFPB, FTC Web sites differ in tone

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
While the Federal Trade commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau share a commitment to ensure consumers get a fair shake on auto finance, they gather and impart consumer information differently.... Read More »

 

Massachusetts dealership settles with the FTC over deceptive ads

11:27 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Courtesy Auto Group of Massachusetts agreed to resolve FTC charges that the dealership violated the FTC Act by deceptively advertising that consumers could lease a vehicle for $0 down and specific monthly payments. But, the FTC said, the advertised amounts failed to include "substantial fees."... Read More »

 

How dealers can keep their ads safe from FTC's hammer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2014
Dealers tired of competing with unscrupulous retailers are cheering the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on deceptive dealer ads. But compliance experts warn that all dealers should take a hard look at their own marketing efforts because the FTC remains on the prowl.... Read More »

 

How 2 stores settled FTC bad-ad cases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
These are some of the steps two dealerships have taken since settling charges with the Federal Trade Commission alleging deceptive advertising.... Read More »

 

Nissan, FTC agree on commercial

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Nissan North America and its advertising agency, TBWA Worldwide, reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission last week.... Read More »

 

For automakers, a pre-Super Bowl flag on creativity's limits

11:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Ten days before the broadcast of professional football's Super Bowl provides automakers their biggest U.S. advertising day of the year, regulators warned that creativity must have its limits.... Read More »

 

Nissan, ad agency settle with FTC over faked pickup commercial

2:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2014
Nissan North America and its advertising agency, TBWA Worldwide, have reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that a TV commercial for the Nissan Frontier misled consumers about the pickup truck's hill-climbing prowess.... Read More »

 

JAMES TREECE

Ads must be clear; laws must, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on what it calls deceptive dealership advertising should have much to applaud.... Read More »

 

NADA alerts members to review their advertising

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
In the wake of a crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission on deceptive dealership advertising, the National Automobile Dealers Association sent an e-mail to its board late Thursday, urging dealers to review their advertising closely and warning them not to deflect responsibility onto third-party vendors.... Read More »

 

Fowlerville Ford settled FTC complaint rather than pay 'prohibitive' court fees

12:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Fowlerville Ford today said it agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegedly deceptive ads because “the cost of appealing” the FTC's conclusions “would have been prohibitive.”... Read More »

 

Dealerships settle deceptive advertising charges in FTC sweep

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission today said nine dealerships had agreed to 20-year settlements after being charged with deceptive advertising, adding that more dealerships will face similar charges. "We have many other investigations in the pipeline," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, at a press conference today in Los Angeles. "This is a priority for the FTC and you will see many other cases in the auto-related area going forward."... Read More »

 

Courtesy Auto denies FTC accusations

5:44 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
Courtesy Auto Group of Massachusetts denied accusations by the Federal Trade Commission that it engaged in deceptive advertising.... Read More »

 

FTC probe is seen as debate-killer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Dealers are worried that the Federal Trade Commission investigation will chill dealer commentary on blogs and other Web sites.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Free-trade talks: This is no time to chicken out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
There's an ironic twist in Ford's attempts to avoid the "chicken tax," the notorious 25 percent tariff on imported light trucks. That tariff, imposed in 1963 in retaliation for a German tariff on American chicken, was intended to protect domestic automakers such as Ford from imported pickups. Now Ford is the importer that's getting squeezed.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

FTC investigation demands attention from dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Some dealers who complained about TrueCar in late 2011 and early 2012 were no doubt surprised this month to discover that the Federal Trade Commission is investigating them for potentially anti-competitive activity.... Read More »

 

A fine line: Carping or collusion?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Dealers who dropped the TrueCar.com shopping site last year may have left themselves open to charges of anticompetitive collusion to increase vehicle transaction prices.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

CFPB, FTC actions speak louder than words

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2013
While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau barely mentioned autos, its recent actions and a big fine announced Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission speak loudly to auto lenders.... Read More »

 

Report downplays car-loan abuses in U.S.military

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
For the past couple of years, federal authorities have accused car dealers of using shady lending practices in dealing with members of the U.S. military. Yet auto loans barely show up on a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report of complaints by military families.... Read More »

 

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