FTC Issues Final Orders Settling Charges of Illegal Agreement not to Compete

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges that pharmaceutical companies Concordia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. entered into an unlawful agreement not to compete in the sale of generic versions of Kapvay, a prescription drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Under the orders, first […]

FTC Dismisses Complaint against Steris and Synergy

The Federal Trade Commission has voted unanimously to dismiss its administrative complaint challenging Steris Corporation’s proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health plc. The FTC had filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking an injunction to prevent the acquisition from going forward pending the outcome of administrative litigation, but the court denied the motion, and […]

FTC Staff Provides Comments to FDA on Naming Proposal for Biologic Products

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has submitted a comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to the FDA’s request for comment on its draft guidance addressing nonproprietary names for biological products. The staff comment expresses concern that the FDA draft guidance on biosimilar naming may hinder competition, and recommends that […]

Marketer of Rug Accessory Settles FTC Charges of Invitation to Collude with Competitor

A company that sells rug accessories designed to keep rugs from curling at the corners has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally invited its closest competitor to coordinate prices. The company, Step N Grip, LLC, sells NeverCurl, a product that can be attached to the corners of a rug so that […]

FTC and Seven International Partners Launch New Initiative to Boost Cooperation In Protecting Consumer Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission and enforcement agencies from seven other countries launched a new information-sharing system that will enable them to better coordinate international efforts in protecting consumer privacy. On Sunday October 25, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez joined representatives from several agencies, which are members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), in signing a […]

FTC Action Bans Scammers from Advance Fee Recovery Business

The operators of an advance fee recovery scheme that falsely claimed it could recover money for consumers that they had lost to telemarketing scams will be banned from selling recovery services, and from telemarketing, under a court order issued at the Federal Trade Commission’s request. The court order resolves a 2014 FTC complaint that charged […]

Agencies Submit Joint Statement Regarding Virginia Certificate-of-Need Laws for Health Care Facilities

In response to a request by Virginia State Delegate Kathy Byron, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (the agencies) have submitted a joint statement to the Virginia Certificate of Public Need (COPN) Work Group suggesting that Virginia consider whether its COPN program best serves the needs of its citizens.  The […]

FTC Approves Changes to Energy Labeling Rule and Proposes Others

The Federal Trade Commission has amended the Energy Labeling Rule, which requires manufacturers to attach yellow EnergyGuide labels to certain appliances. The amendments require expanded coverage of the Lighting Facts label, enhanced durability of appliance labels, and improved plumbing disclosure requirements.  The EnergyGuide labels required under the Rule for most products provide consumers with an […]

FTC Testifies on Efforts to Stop Fraud Affecting Older Americans Before House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade

The Federal Trade Commission highlighted to Congress its multi-faceted approach to protecting older Americans from fraud in testimony today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. Testifying on behalf of the agency, Daniel Kaufman, Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said that in the last two […]

FTC Extends Deadline for Decision on Riyo, Inc., Proposal for Parental Verification Method Under COPPA Rule

The Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline for its decision on the proposed verifiable parental consent method that Riyo, Inc., has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The extension was made at the company’s request. The deadline for the decision has been extended to Nov. 18, 2015. The […]