FTC Files Complaint Against HomeAdvisor/Angi Inc.

On March 11, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission issued an administrative complaint against HomeAdvisor, Inc. (HA) (which is doing business as Angi Leads and HomeAdvisor Powered by Angi) alleging that since at least 2014 HA has employed false and deceptive practices that caused service professionals (usually small businesses that perform home improvement projects) to become HA members and to purchase “leads” that are contrary to the quality, characteristics, and sources conveyed by HA in connection with its advertising, marketing, promotion, offering for sale, and sale of “leads”. The allegations in the administrative complaint mirror claims currently being litigated by Chimicles, Schwartz, Kriner & Donaldson-Smith in a class-action lawsuit against HomeAdvisor, which is described in more detail here.