Federal Lawsuits against Modeling Companies
Its our experience that some companies may tend to mislead [prospects] on the number of models needed in a particular area, their own suitability to be a model, and the efforts to be done on their behalf. Larry Hodapp, Assistant Director, FTC Enforcement Division
Consumers can and should complain to us directly -- call 1-877-FTC-HELP or fill out the online form (www.ftc.gov). You can write a pretty long narrative about your experience online. Federal Trade Commission
The FTC has the mandate, power, and authority to investigate and prosecute all modeling scams in America. They have done undercover investigations, sued, and shut down fraudulent modeling businesses after receiving consumer complaints.
"The Federal Trade Commission is an independent agency of the United States Government created by statute. 15 U.S.C. §§ 41 et seq. The Commission is charged, inter alia, with enforcement of Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce. The Commission is authorized to initiate federal district court proceedings, by its own attorneys, to enjoin violations of the FTC Act in order to secure such equitable relief as may be appropriate in each case. 15 U.S.C. § 53(b)."
The FTC sued National Talent Associates, a modeling and talent agency which charged upfront fees of $300, and deceived consumers about the value of their company. They were able to get only about 2% of their models paid modeling jobs.
The Federal Trade Commission also educates consumers based on their lawsuits, publishing a brief guide on May 26, 1999:
Modeling Agencies Sued by Federal Trade Commission
FTC v. National Talent Associates, Inc.
United States v. National Talent Associates, Inc.
FTC v. Screen Test U.S.A., Inc.
FTC v. Model 1, Inc.
FTC v. The Erickson Agency, Inc.
FTC v. Creative Talent Management, Inc.
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