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The Federal Trade Commission says one of the marketers was ordered to pay $11.5 million. Two other companies together must pay $6.2 million. They were the latest batch of settlements with the FTC in actions against marketers making false promises of help with mortgage modifications or foreclosure relief.

Among the companies settling charges are Loss Mitigation Services, Direct Lender and Hope Now Modifications.


GOP invests in Fiorina ads

Republicans have reserved $1.75 million for television ads to help Carly Fiorina in the final week of the U.S. Senate race in California.

The buy signals GOP optimism about unseating three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Amber Marchand, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, confirmed the decision to invest in the bid of former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Fiorina. The committee previously had declined to say where it would be putting its money going into the Nov. 2 elections.


Delta subsidiary fined for bumping

A regional air carrier owned by Delta Air Lines has been fined $275,000 for violating regulations on bumping passengers from overbooked flights, the Transportation Department said Monday.

An investigation in response to consumer complaints revealed that Cincinnati-based Comair violated federal regulations by failing to solicit volunteers to leave overbooked flights and by not paying bumped passengers the compensation to which they were entitled, the department said.

DOT’s Aviation Enforcement Office also found that Comair had filed inaccurate reports with the department on the number of passengers involuntarily denied boarding.

Federal regulations require airlines that overbook a flight to seek volunteers willing to give up their seats for compensation. If there aren’t enough volunteers, passengers bumped involuntarily are entitled to up to $800 in cash depending on their ticket and the length of the delay.

In June, the department proposed raising the maximum compensation amount to $1,300 and adjusting that amount to account for inflation.

“Our bumping rules are designed to protect passengers when airlines overbook a flight,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “We expect carriers to comply with these rules and will take enforcement action when they do not.”

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