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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Unreadable Cost Disclosures in Advertisements

On November 21, 1996, five major automobile manufacturers “signed settlement agreements with the Federal Trade Commission to take important lease costs out of the blur of unreadable print in car lease and financed purchase advertising. The FTC said these agreements will require the companies to provide consumers with clear, readable, and understandable cost information in their new advertising. Under the settlements, General Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc., American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Isuzu Motors Inc., and Mazda Motor of America, Inc. will be prohibited from featuring low monthly payments or low amounts ‘down’ in large, bold print, while hiding additional costs and sometimes contradictory information in ‘mouse print’ that is difficult or impossible to read.”

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
FTC
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Administrative Agreement
Date of Press Release
11/21/1996
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
General Motors Corp. $0
Further Information Released
FTC Press Release 8/25/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database