False Advertising Charged on the Information Superhighway
Sep. 15, 1994
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A federal court has ordered a promotion on the worldeide computer network known as the Internet halted in response to a Federal Trade Commission false- advertising complaint.
''As these computer networks continue to grow, we will not tolerate the use of deceptive practices here any more than we have tolerated them on other recently emerged technologies for marketing,'' FTC Chairman Janet D. Steiger said Wednesday in announcing the court edict.
The FTC charged Brian Corzine of Sacramento, Calif., with making false claims in promoting a credit-repair program.
Corzine said in a telephone interview that he was a reseller of the program, which was developed by other people and had been presented to him as perfectly legal.
Corzine, also known as Brian Chase, sold the system for $99 through a business called Chase Consulting, the FTC said. It said the court in Sacramento had ordered the promotion halted.
The promotion claimed to provide legal ways to repair credit, while actually suggesting illegal steps, the commission charged.