June 21st, 2018
In June 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against J. Crew for allegedly deceptively advertising sale prices for merchandise sold at its Factory stores. Specifically, plaintiffs claim that the store compares a sale price to a false former price when, according to the complaint, the merchandise was never sold for the represented former price. Plaintiffs
October 3rd, 2017
TINA.org investigation reveals perpetual sales at outlet stores.
September 13th, 2017
August 2017: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement. May 2017: A federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement of this action. According to the terms, class members may receive a $10 voucher to use for purchases on art.com, allposters.com, and posters.com. In addition, the company agreed to advertise regular prices that are the
July 14th, 2016
Shoppers face fictitious pricing, perpetual sales and more when trying to decipher a true bargain in the aisle.
January 16th, 2018
January 2018: This action was voluntarily dismissed , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. July 2017: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding two named plaintiffs, as well as a summary of TINA.org’s investigation and complaints filed with federal and state regulators. The amended complaint also adds allegations that the company deceptively advertises a
November 29th, 2017
In October 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against The Gap and Banana Republic for allegedly deceptively advertising discounts on apparel by misleadingly comparing lower discounted prices to fake original prices when, according to the complaint, items are never offered for sale at the fake original prices. The lawsuit was transferred to federal court in
October 2nd, 2017
October 2, 2017: TINA.org sends warning letters to four outlet stores in Connecticut — J.Crew Factory, Coach Outlet, Hanna Andersson, and Skechers — regarding their deceptive and perpetual sales, and urges them to correct the issue immediately. The same day, TINA.org also alerts the Connecticut Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Department to this issue as the findings clearly suggest that
June 5th, 2017
Investigation finds company is using deceptive marketing to lure consumers to an illegal gambling site.
June 5th, 2017
TINA.org investigated one of the world’s largest penny auction websites — DealDash, Inc., a Finnish company with offices in Minnesota — and determined that the company is engaged in deceptive marketing, as well as an illegal gambling venture. Specifically, TINA.org’s investigation revealed that DealDash: advertises incredible savings on auctioned items won without adequately disclosing the
April 19th, 2017
TINA.org’s investigation found that DealDash promotes a perpetual sale on the purchase of bid packs on its website. Specifically, TINA.org tracked and recorded bid prices on DealDash.com every day from February 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017. During this four month period, DealDash bids were never offered at the advertised “regular” price of 60 cents
January 27th, 2020
Latest FTC pyramid action should serve as a warning for the MLM industry.
June 27th, 2019
June 2019: This case was transferred from state court to federal court. (Case No. 19-cv-968, W. D. WA.) May 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Eddie Bauer alleging that the store misleadingly advertises specific percentage discounts off of false “list prices” that are inflated and do not represent the regular price of the merchandise.
October 2nd, 2017
TINA.org investigated price advertising tactics used by outlet stores in Connecticut and found pervasive deception. Specifically, TINA.org visited four outlet stores at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Clinton, Connecticut – J. Crew Factory, Coach Outlet, Hanna Andersson, and Skechers – on a weekly basis for more than six months (from February 17, 2017 to August 28,
August 26th, 2015
Having combed through the 200-plus pages that the FTC filed against Vemma Nutrition Company, Vemma International Holdings, Inc., Benson K. (B.K.) Boreyko, Tom Alkazin and his wife Bethany (defendants) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, here’s ten basic things you need to know: 1. What’s the FTC been up to?
August 20th, 2015
MLM and pyramid scheme experts say more must be done to educate and raise student awareness.
May 14th, 2013
Why can’t the FTC put some hucksters out of business for good?
May 23rd, 2012
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January 28th, 2012
A June 2012 lawsuit claims that this clothing retailer’s merchandise is “perpetually on sale and the sale price is actually the price at which the merchandise is regularly offered.” The complaint goes on to state, “Jos. A. Bank’s misleading, inaccurate and deceptive marketing cultivates the perception that consumers are being offered a discount from the