FTC Will Host Public Workshop to Explore Advertising Disclosures in Online and Mobile Media on May 30, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission will host a day-long public workshop to consider the need for new guidance for online advertisers about making disclosures required under FTC law. The guidance will address technological advancements and marketing developments that have emerged since the FTC first issued its online advertising disclosure guidelines known as “Dot Com Disclosures” 12 […]

FTC Puts Conditions on Carpenter Technology Corporation’s Purchase of Rival Manufacturer Latrobe Specialty Metals, Inc.

The Federal Trade Commission will require specialty metals manufacturer Carpenter Technology Corporation to sell assets involved in producing two metal alloys used in the aerospace industry, under a proposed settlement resolving charges that Carpenter’s proposed $410 million acquisition of Latrobe Specialty Metals, Inc. would harm competition in the U.S. markets for these alloys. The proposed […]

FTC Releases Top Complaint Categories for 2011

The Federal Trade Commission today released its list of top consumer complaints received by the agency in 2011. For the 12th year in a row, identity theft complaints topped the list. Of more than 1.8 million complaints filed in 2011, 279,156 or 15 percent, were identity theft complaints. Nearly 25 percent of the identity theft […]

FTC Action Leads to Court Orders Banning Marketers from Selling Vacation Packages

The operators behind a vacation prize scheme are banned from selling vacation packages under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office, which charged the defendants with tricking consumers into believing they had won a vacation package as a prize, and then failing to provide the package as promised. The […]

FTC Requires Fresenius Medical Care AG to Sell 60 Dialysis Clinics Around the Country as a Condition of Acquiring Liberty Dialysis Holdings, Inc.

The Federal Trade Commission will require Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA to sell 60 outpatient dialysis clinics in 43 local markets under a proposed settlement resolving charges that its acquisition of rival dialysis provider Liberty Dialysis Holdings, Inc. would harm competition in numerous local markets for outpatient dialysis services around the country. The […]

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that Sigma Corporation Acted Anticompetitively in Market for Municipal Water System Iron Pipe FittingsFTC Determines Not to Modify Final Order Settling Charges that AmeriGas’s Proposed Acquisition of Rival

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has determined not to modify a final order settling charges that AmeriGas L.P.’s proposed acquisition of Energy Transfer Partners L.P.’s Heritage Propane business would have reduced competition and raised […]

International Enforcement Network Meetsto Address Cross-Border Consumer Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission, members of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), and Costa Rican, U.S. and other dignitaries are meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica from February 27 through March 2 to review international efforts to combat cross-border consumer fraud and explore new global consumer protection initiatives. ICPEN is a network of […]

FTC Approves Safe Harbor Program for Aristotle International, Inc.

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that Aristotle International, Inc. has been approved as a “safe harbor” program under the terms of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA’s “safe harbor” provision is designed to provide flexibility and promote efficiency in complying with the Act by encouraging industry members or groups to […]

FTC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Changes to Appliance Labeling Rule

As part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides,the Federal TradeCommission is seeking public comment on proposed changes to its Appliance Labeling Rule, which requires energy efficiency labels for major household appliances and other consumer products. The Rule, issued in 1979 under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, calls for the […]

FTC Takes Action to Stop Massive Robocalling Operations

As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal, prerecorded “robocalls,” the FTC is taking legal action to stop two operations that allegedly enabled telemarketers to place hundreds of millions of illegal prerecorded calls to consumers around the country, including many who had registered their phone numbers on the National […]