Federal Trade Commission

The United States Federal Trade Commission is an independent federal agency established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The agency is charged with protecting consumers from misleading, fraudulent or... more +
The United States Federal Trade Commission is an independent federal agency established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The agency is charged with protecting consumers from misleading, fraudulent or deceptive marketing claims, as well as regulating unfair business practices that undermine the competitive marketplace.    less -
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Student Loan Debt Collector Settles with FTC for $700,000 Over Alleged FDCPA and FTC Act Violations

On February 14, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had entered into a stipulated order with a student loan debt collector, resolving allegations that the debt collector violated the Fair Debt...more

Compliance News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. Expect activity at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in...more

Non-Reportable ≠ Non-Reviewable: Antitrust Insights for Smaller US Mergers

Acquisitions of U.S. companies that fall below the $80.8 million Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting threshold may pose unique risks to buyers. Unlike HSR reportable transactions, non-reportable transactions typically do not...more

Vizio Pays $2.2 Million To Settle With The FTC Over Its Data Collection And Sharing Practices

On February 6, 2017, Vizio Inc., a manufacturer and seller of internet-connected “smart” televisions, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Office of the New Jersey...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2017

On January 26, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

Advocating for Patient Safety: Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety submits comments in response to FTC Proposed Rule...

The Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety (“Coalition”) is a group of health care providers, medical device manufacturers and academic institutions dedicated to ensuring the safe and appropriate use of contact lens so that...more

The LATEST: FTC “Second Requests” to be Narrower in Scope under Ohlhausen’s Leadership

Transactions that meet the Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for notification must be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice. Where a notified transaction raises competition concerns, the...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #3

NAD Inquiry Results in Modified Celebrity Endorsements - As a result of an inquiry by the National Advertising Division, celebrity endorsements of FitTea were revised to better disclose material connections. The...more

Federal Trade Commission Deploys Antitrust Weaponry Against Pharmaceutical Company

In Federal Trade Commission v. Shire ViroPharma Inc. (D. Del. Feb. 7, 2017), the FTC has, for the first time, deployed its antitrust weaponry against a pharmaceutical company’s alleged practice of using the FDA’s...more

What to Expect From FTC during Trump Administration: New Leader Illuminates

On Jan. 25, President Trump named Maureen Ohlhausen as the Federal Trade Commission’s acting chairwoman. A recent speech by Ohlhausen, who has served as a commissioner for the FTC since 2012, shed some light on the role the...more

Cybersecurity 2017: The Year in Preview

Introduction - Cybersecurity was a prominent factor in 2016 in all aspects of government, business and personal affairs. Russian and other foreign national hacking has the potential to spark a new form of cold...more

FTC sends letter to CFPB on 2016 debt collection activities

The FTC has sent a letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities in 2016.  The letter is intended to provide the CFPB with information for its annual report to Congress on the federal government’s FDCPA...more

FTC Announces Increased HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

The U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced the revised transaction thresholds that trigger a requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

FTC Takes Another Look at Merger Remedies

On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to 2012. Nearly two decades after it issued a similar...more

"DOJ Continues Streak of Successful Merger Challenges With Blocked Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna Deals"

In a continuation of recent Department of Justice (DOJ) successes challenging mergers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently enjoined two more proposed mergers brought and litigated under the Obama...more

DOJ Wins Again, Blocks Anthem/Cigna Merger

On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division’s (the “DOJ”) request for an injunction blocking Anthem’s proposed $54 billion...more

FTC Report Reinforces the Rules for Cross-Device Tracking

Well over a year after holding a workshop addressing privacy issues associated with cross-device tracking, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff have issued a report. The report sets the stage by describing how cross-device...more

Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing Address New Laws, Omit Some Key Areas

In 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) published guidelines that delineated how and when the Agencies would evaluate intellectual property licensing...more

Who is Watching you Watch TV? If You Have VIZIO … Your TV Might Be Watching You

What does your TV-watching history say about you? According to a recent lawsuit against VIZIO, Inc., it might be more than you think! One of the world’s largest sellers of “smart” televisions has recently paid a $2.2 million...more

FTC sends 2016 ECOA report to CFPB

The FTC has sent its annual letter to the CFPB reporting on the FTC’s activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. The FTC has authority to enforce the ECOA and Reg B as to...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - February 2017

THE #1 FIDUCIARY DUTY ISSUE OF 2017 - Positioning boards to exercise heightened engagement within the current “climate of uncertainty” is possibly the most important health system governance challenge of 2017. To...more

VIZIO Pays $2.2 Million for Viewing Histories on 11 Million Smart Televisions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release on February 6, 2017 that it and the State of New Jersey have settled with Vizio for $2.2 million for claims that Vizio installed software on its smart TVs to collect...more

FTC and State of New Jersey Settle Consumer Privacy Claims with VIZIO

On February 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it, along with the New Jersey State Attorney General, has reached a $2.2 million consumer privacy settlement with VIZIO, Inc. (“VIZIO”), one of the...more

How to Comply with the Consumer Review Fairness Act

In January 2015, we wrote about California’s ban on nondisparagement clauses in consumer contracts under the “Yelp” Bill. A new law, the Consumer Review Fairness Act, covers nondisparagement clauses in a similar vein at the...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

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