The FTC will host a public
roundtable to analyze proposed changes to its Care Labeling Rule. The Rule requires
manufacturers and importers to attach labels with instructions for how to dryclean,
wash, bleach, dry, and iron clothes. The event
will be held October 1 in the FTC’s Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC.
The FTC has approved
new EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators and clothes washers, and updated
comparative energy consumption information on labels for other appliances. The
new labels are intended to help buyers compare products using the Department of
Energy’s new tests for measuring energy costs.
The FTC has charged an
operation that sells services necessary for small businesses to accept credit
and debit cards with violating federal law. The FTC alleged that Merchant
Services Direct, LLC and its affiliates didn’t tell businesses important facts,
lied about their fees, and tricked them into leasing new processing terminals.
The FTC banned a
telemarketer from selling debt relief services, telemarketing, and making
robocalls. Jeremy R. Nelson and four companies he controlled allegedly defrauded
consumers. Under a settlement with the FTC, Nelson was ordered to pay more than
$4.6 million. The judgment will be suspended, based on Nelson’s inability to
pay but the full judgment will become due immediately if he is found to have
lied about his financial condition.