FTC Sues Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Others for Illegally Blocking Lower-Cost Generic Versions of the Branded Drugs Opana ER and Lidoderm

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court alleging that Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and several other drug companies violated antitrust laws by using pay-for-delay settlements to block consumers’ access to lower-cost generic versions of Opana ER and Lidoderm. Following more than a decade of FTC challenges to pay-for-delay settlements, today’s enforcement action […]

FTC Seeks Public Input in Review of R-Value Rule

As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comment on the efficiency, costs, benefits, and impact of the R-value Rule. Issued in 1979, the Rule (formally, the “Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation”) requires home insulation manufacturers, […]

FTC Approves Modified Final Order for Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a modified final order settling charges that Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC’s acquisition of the rights to various drug products and related assets from Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc. was anticompetitive. Under the terms of the settlement, Hikma is required to divest assets related to five generic injectable drugs to Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, […]

FTC to Host Fall Seminar Series on Emerging Consumer Technology Issues

This release was updated to reflect an adjustment in the start times of the seminars. The Federal Trade Commission will host a series of seminars this fall to examine three new and evolving technologies that are raising critical consumer protection issues. The FTC Fall Technology Series comprises three half-day events that will explore ransomware, drones, […]

FTC, States Settle Claims Against Two Entities Claiming to Be Cancer Charities; Orders Require Entities to Be Dissolved and Ban Leader from Working for Non-Profits

Two nationwide organizations purporting to be cancer charities will be dissolved, and their president is banned from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CFA), Cancer Support Services Inc. (CSS) and their leader, […]

FTC and Illinois Attorney General Halt Chicago-Area Operation Charged with Collecting and Selling Phantom Payday Loan Debts

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General, a federal court has temporarily halted a Chicago-area operation that allegedly threatened and intimidated consumers to collect phantom payday loan “debts” they did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants. The defendants also allegedly illegally provided portfolios of fake debt […]

FTC Approves Final Order in Oracle Java Security Case

After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Oracle alleging that the company deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java Platform Standard Edition software. The settlement was first announced in December 2015. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that Oracle […]

FTC Charges Volkswagen Deceived Consumers with Its “Clean Diesel” Campaign

The Federal Trade Commission has charged that Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. deceived consumers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly “clean diesel” VWs and Audis, which Volkswagen fitted with illegal emission defeat devices designed to mask high emissions during government tests. The FTC is seeking a court order requiring Volkswagen to […]

FTC Staff Comment: Kentucky Legislature Should Consider Potential Benefits to Consumers of Enhanced Competition Among Denture Providers

Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment on the competitive implications of proposed legislation that would license and regulate denturists within Kentucky.  Denturists are trained to make and fit removable partial and full dentures. Currently, Kentuckians who need dentures must obtain them through a dentist.  The comment responded to a request from Kentucky State Representative […]

FTC Staff Comment: Alaska Legislature Should Consider Potential Benefits to Consumers of Expanding Access to Telehealth Services

Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment, as public testimony, to the Alaska legislature on proposed legislation that would allow licensed Alaska physicians located out-of-state to provide telehealth services in the same manner as in-state physicians.  The comment, submitted by staff of the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Competition and Bureau of Economics, […]