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Secretary of State John Kerry to Host Diwali Celebration

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry will host the Obama Administration’s Annual Diwali Celebration to honor the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain holiday celebrated throughout the world. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on October 23, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State.

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FTC Action Results in Court Order Requiring Work-At-Home Scammers to Pay More Than $25 Million for Consumer Refunds

Washington, DC - A federal district judge has ordered a business opportunity company and its president to pay more than $25 million in refunds to consumers who were conned with bogus claims that they could earn substantial income working at home. In granting the FTC’s motion for summary judgment, the court found that more than 99.8 percent of the 110,000 consumers affected by the scheme earned no money.

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Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Host Roundtable on “Debt Collection & the Latino Community”

Long Beach, California - The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will co-host a joint roundtable tomorrow in Long Beach, California, titled “Debt Collection & the Latino Community.” Participants will examine how debt collection and credit reporting issues affect Latino consumers, especially those with limited English proficiency (LEP).

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Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges

Washington, DC - A series of defendants will pay approximately $10 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that they operated a massive scam that sent unwanted text messages to millions of consumers, many of whom later received illegal robocalls, phony “free” merchandise offers, and unauthorized charges crammed on their mobile phone bills.

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John Kerry On the Passing of Ben Bradlee

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Ben Bradlee was America’s Editor-in-Chief. He was courageous and fearless, gutsy and gritty, and as much as we remember his big laugh and his love of politics and people, his legacy defines great journalism: he found the facts and he let the facts tell the story, no matter where they led.

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USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

Washington, DC - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program.

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Senator Gary Hart To Play Diplomatic Role for State Department

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "I have asked Senator Gary Hart, one of our country's most respected and accomplished senior statesmen, creative and strategic thinkers, and my longtime friend who has been working with the State Department for close to two years, to also play a direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role.

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First FTC ROSCA case challenges bogus BOGO and "free" claims

Washington, DC - It’s called ROSCA - the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act - and it prohibits marketers from charging consumers for an online transaction unless the marketer has clearly disclosed all material terms of the deal and received the consumer’s express informed consent. Your e-commerce clients will want to know about the FTC’s first ROSCA case, filed recently in Nevada.

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