U.S. judge will not block Intuit TurboTax ads that FTC found deceptive

April 22 (Reuters) - A Judge A.S. On Friday refused to block the maker of Turbotax Intuit Inc. 

(Intu.O) from running advertisements for "free" tax submissions which according to the Federal Trade Commission cheats millions of taxpayers.

District Judge A. Charles Bryer in San Francisco denied FTC requests for preliminary orders for three reasons.

Bryer found the risk of danger in the future "weakened" because the deadline for April 18 tax submissions had passed

Most taxpayers had submitted their taxes, and Intuit said most had completed ads for this tax season.

The judge also said Intuit has removed some more "deceptive" ads, some repeat the word "free" a dozen times or more in

30 seconds before a short distance.Finally, Breyer said an administrative law judge FTC would review the 

Practice of intuit on September 14, and the possibility of ruling before the company's advertising campaign was continued.

FTC can return to court if Intuit continues its ad before administrative law judges. Intuit, based in Mountain View, California

Runs several advertisements that are challenged during this year's Super Bowl and NCAA College Basketball tournament, FTC said.

A FTC spokesman refused to comment. Intuit said it was happy with the verdict and will continue to defend against FTC claims.

We are clear and fair with our customers and are open and transparent about our advertising practices," said the company in a statement.

In the lawsuit of March 28, FTC said about two-thirds of tax reporters, including performance workers and people with agricultural income

Unable to use Turbotax free products despite advertising slogans such as: "Free Turbotax free. Free free free free.

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