FTC Approves Fiscal Year 2012 HSR Premerger Notification Report Highlighting Merger Enforcement Actions

The Federal Trade Commission, with the concurrence of the Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, released the agencies’ fiscal year (FY) 2012 report summarizing their review of mergers under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Premerger Notification Program. In FY 2012, 1,429 transactions were reported to the antitrust agencies. The report highlights the 44 merger enforcement […]

FTC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Changes to Textile Labeling Rules; FTC Closes Investigations of 3 Football Helmet Manufacturers; FTC to Host Roundtable on Possible Changes to Jewelry Industry Marketing Guides

FTC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Changes to Textile Labeling Rules The Federal Trade Commission is proposing changes to its Textile Labeling Rules, which require that certain textiles sold in the United States carry labels disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the fibers in the product, the manufacturer or marketer name, and […]

FTC Announces Staff Report on Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule

As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s systematic review of all of the agency’s rules and guides, the FTC staff issued a report on proposed amendments to the Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule, and the Commission is seeking public comment on the report. The Rule, issued in 1975, requires sellers who solicit buyers to […]

FTC Staff Supports Regulatory Changes that Promote Additional Competition in Passenger Vehicle Transportation Services in Anchorage, Alaska

Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments regarding certain proposed changes to Anchorage, Alaska’s regulatory framework for passenger vehicle transportation services, such as taxicab, sedan, and limousine services, in response to a request by Anchorage Assembly Member Debbie Ossiander. A proposed ordinance would allow additional entrants into taxicab services through 2022, after which there would […]

International Competition Network Advances Convergence Through Initiatives on Enforcement Cooperation and Investigative Process

The International Competition Network (ICN) advanced convergence through important initiatives on international enforcement cooperation and investigative processes in competition cases, the Federal Trade Commission announced today.  The ICN adopted new work product on economic analysis in merger review, legal theories in exclusive dealing investigations, international cooperation and information sharing in cartel enforcement, and the benefits […]

FTC Issues Updated FAQs on Amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule

The Federal Trade Commission has issued an updated set of frequently asked questions designed to help website operators, mobile application developers, plug-ins and advertising networks operating on child-directed websites and online services prepare for upcoming changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The document, titled “Complying With COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions” contains information directed […]

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Competition Charges Against Robert Bosch GmbH; FTC Staff Files Comment With Illinois Legislature Regarding Pain Management Services

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Competition Charges Against Robert Bosch GmbH Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Robert Bosch GmbH’s acquisition of the SPX Service Solutions business of SPX Corporation would have given it a virtual monopoly in the market for air conditioning recycling, […]

FTC Wins Court Judgment Against Remaining NHS Systems Defendants

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court entered a judgment against five individuals and the telemarketing operation they ran for violating the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).  The court order permanently bars the defendants, who operated under a variety of names, including NHS Systems, Inc., from telemarketing, charging […]

FTC Survey for 2011 Shows an Estimated 25.6 Million Americans Fell Victim to Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission today released a statistical survey of fraud in the United States during 2011, which showed that an estimated 25.6 million adults – 10.8 percent of the adult population – were fraud victims. “The FTC fights fraud every day by taking scammers to court and telling consumers how to avoid being scammed. […]

FTC Alerts Consumers Who Want to Help Boston Bombing Victims

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has tips for people who may want to donate money to the victims and families of the Boston bombings. Before making a contribution, you should read the FTC’s Helping Victims of the Bombing in Boston — Make Sure Your Donations Count, also available in Spanish,  Cómo […]