Accretive Health Settles FTC Charges That It Failed to Adequately Protect Consumers’ Personal Information

Accretive Health, Inc., a company that provides medical billing and revenue management services to hospitals around the country, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its inadequate data security measures unfairly exposed sensitive consumer information to the risk of theft or misuse. In its complaint against the Chicago-based business, the FTC alleges the […]

FTC to Hold Rescheduled Workshop on February 4 Examining the Competitive Impacts of State Regulations and Naming Conventions Concerning Follow-on Biologics

The Federal Trade Commission announced its one-day public workshop on competition and follow-on biologics has been rescheduled for Feb. 4, 2014. The workshop will be held at the FTC’s Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave., NW, in Washington, and will examine competition issues surrounding biologic and follow-on biologic medications. The event, originally scheduled […]

FTC Puts Conditions on Fidelity National Financial’s Acquisition of Lender Processing Services

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $2.9 billion acquisition of Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) would likely substantially lessen competition by combining the firms’ title plant assets in several local markets in Oregon. To preserve competition, the proposed settlement requires Fidelity to sell a copy of […]

FTC Puts Conditions on Service Corporation International’s Proposed $1.4 Billion Acquisition of Rival Funeral and Cemetery Services Provider

Service Corporation International (SCI), the nation’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, has agreed to sell 53 funeral homes and 38 cemeteries to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (Stewart) is likely to substantially lessen competition in 59 communities throughout the United States. SCI owns […]

FTC Report Updates Congress on the State of the National Do Not Call Registry

The Federal Trade Commission published a biennial report to Congress focusing on the use of the Do Not Call Registry by both consumers and businesses over the past two years. The report also highlights how the FTC is responding to new technologies that have increased the number of illegal robocalls made to telephone numbers on […]

FTC Requires Albertson’s Supermarkets to Sell Two Texas Stores as a Condition of Acquiring Regional Grocery Chain United

The Federal Trade Commission will require the parent company of Albertson’s LLC, AB Acquisition LLC, to sell two stores in Texas to settle charges that its proposed acquisition of United Supermarkets LLC is likely to substantially lessen competition in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act and Section 7 of the Clayton Act.   […]

FTC Sends Refund Checks Totaling nearly $6 Million to Consumers Who Bought Dietary Supplements

An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 316,716 checks averaging $18.74 each to consumers who purchased acai berry supplements, “colon cleansers,” and other products from Phoenix-based Central Coast Nutraceuticals, Inc. In August 2010, the FTC charged Central Coast Nutraceuticals, two individuals, and four related companies with multiple violations, including unfair billing practices, […]

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.’s Acquisition of Rival Firm Ameristar Casinos, Inc. Would be Anticompetitive in Two Markets

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.’s acquisition of Ameristar Casinos, Inc. would reduce competition and lead to higher prices and lower quality for casino customers in St. Louis, where the two companies were direct competitors at the time the Commission filed […]

Time Warner Cable to Pay $1.9 Million Penalty for Violating the Risk-Based Pricing Rule

Time Warner Cable, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company violated the Risk-Based Pricing Rule, which requires creditors to give notice to consumers who are provided less favorable credit terms based on information in their credit reports. The settlement marks the first enforcement case the agency has brought since finalizing […]

FTC Approves Polypore International’s Application to Sell Microporous to Seven Mile Capital Partners; Sale Will Unwind Illegal 2008 Acquisition

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade has approved an application by Polypore International, Inc. for approval to divest all stock and assets related to Microporous, which it acquired in February 2008, to Seven Mile Capital Partners. The divestiture is required by a Commission final decision and order that found the acquisition anticompetitive and […]