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Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule Safe Harbor Proposed Self-Regulatory Guidelines; TRUSTe COPPA Safe Harbor Program Application To Modify Program Requirements
Document Number: 2017-08248
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission publishes this document and request for public comment concerning proposed modifications to TRUSTe's self-regulatory guidelines, under the safe harbor provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2017-07541
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07486
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three- year extension of the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule. That clearance expires on April 30, 2017.
Division of Consumer and Business Education; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2017-07485
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, the FTC is submitting a Generic Information Collection Request (Generic ICR): ``Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery'' to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
American Guild of Organists; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-07070
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
China National Chemical Corporation, a Corporation; ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd., a Corporation; and Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc., Doing Business as ADAMA, a Corporation; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-07069
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
DaVita, Inc., RV Management Corp., Renal Ventures Partners, LLC, Renal Ventures Limited, LLC, and Renal Ventures Management, LLC; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-06556
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2017-05529
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2017-04964
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend for three years, its current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for information collection requirements contained in the Fuel Rating Rule (``Rule''), which will expire on July 31, 2017.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-04929
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three- year extension of the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Rule Governing Pre-sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms. That clearance expires on March 31, 2017.
Block Division, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-04919
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2017-04289
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Funeral Industry Practice Rule (``Funeral Rule'' or ``Rule''). That clearance expires on September 30, 2017.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2017-04117
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-03
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the FTC's enforcement of the information collection requirements in its ``Fair Credit Reporting Risk-Based Pricing Regulations'' (``RBP Rule''), which applies to certain motor vehicle dealers, and its shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of the risk-based pricing provisions (subpart H) of the CFPB's Regulation V regarding other entities. That clearance expires on July 1, 2017.
Enbridge Inc. and Spectra Energy Corp; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-03889
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
SpyChatter, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-03888
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Vir2us, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-03887
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Sentinel Labs, Inc., Also Doing Business as SentinelOne and SentinelOne.com; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-03886
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2017-02892
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2017-02664
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-09
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC proposes to adopt a new routine use that would permit disclosure of the agency's Freedom of Information Act (``FOIA'') request and appeal records to the Office of Government Information Services (``OGIS''), in order for OGIS to assist FOIA requesters in the processing and resolution of their requests and appeals.
iSpring Water Systems, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-02663
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-09
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-01857
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comments on its proposal to extend, for three years, the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule. That clearance expires on April 30, 2017.
Revised Jurisdictional Thresholds for Section 7A of the Clayton Act
Document Number: 2017-01803
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission announces the revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 required by the 2000 amendment of Section 7A of the Clayton Act.
Revised Jurisdictional Thresholds for Section 8 of the Clayton Act
Document Number: 2017-01802
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission announces the revised thresholds for interlocking directorates required by the 1990 amendment of Section 8 of the Clayton Act. Section 8 prohibits, with certain exceptions, one person from serving as a director or officer of two competing corporations if two thresholds are met. Competitor corporations are covered by Section 8 if each one has capital, surplus, and undivided profits aggregating more than $10,000,000, with the exception that no corporation is covered if the competitive sales of either corporation are less than $1,000,000. Section 8(a)(5) requires the Federal Trade Commission to revise those thresholds annually, based on the change in gross national product. The new thresholds, which take effect immediately, are $32,914,000 for Section 8(a)(1), and $3,291,400 for Section 8(a)(2)(A).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-01650
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three- year extension of the current PRA clearance for the FTC's portion of the information collection requirements contained in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Regulation O (the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule). The FTC shares enforcement of Regulation O with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB''). This clearance expires on January 31, 2017.
Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2017-01491
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Adjustments to Civil Penalty Amounts
Document Number: 2017-01125
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is confirming certain amendments made on an interim final basis to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction in June 2016 and implementing further adjustments to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction to account for inflation, as required by law.
C.H. Boehringer Sohn AG & Co. KG; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-31848
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
IoT Home Inspector Challenge
Document Number: 2016-31731
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'') announces a prize competition that challenges the public to create a technical solution (``tool'') that consumers can deploy to guard against security vulnerabilities in software on the Internet of Things (``IoT'') devices in their homes. The tool would, at a minimum, help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software. Contestants have the option of adding features, such as those that would address hard-coded, factory default or easy-to-guess passwords. The prize for the competition is up to $25,000, with $3,000 available for each honorable mention winner(s). Winners will be announced on or about July 27, 2017.
Abbott Laboratories and St. Jude Medical, Inc.; Analysis to Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-31800
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-03
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-31401
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-29
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comments on its proposal to extend, for three years, the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Rule Governing Pre-sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms. That clearance expires on March 31, 2017.
Turn Inc., Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-31132
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-30870
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
West-Herr Automotive Group, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-30869
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
CarMax, Inc., Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-30868
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Freedom of Information Act; Miscellaneous Rules
Document Number: 2016-30508
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission proposes to implement provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 by amending the regulation governing fees the agency may assess to offset the cost of disseminating information and records to the public. The FTC also proposes other clarifying changes and updates to the fee regulation.
Freedom of Information Act; Miscellaneous Rules
Document Number: 2016-30507
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission is revising its Rules of Practice governing access to agency records to implement provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2016-29946
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''). The FTC is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend for an additional three years the current PRA clearance for disclosure requirements in its Affiliate Marketing Rule (or ``Rule''), which applies to certain motor vehicle dealers, and its shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of the provisions (subpart C) of the CFPB's Regulation V regarding other entities (``CFPB Rule''). The current clearance expires on January 31, 2017.
Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2016-29771
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for OTC Homeopathic Drugs
Document Number: 2016-29770
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission has issued an Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for OTC Homeopathic Drugs. The Statement describes the level of substantiation that the Commission expects for marketing claims for over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic drugs. It also recognizes that marketing claims for OTC homeopathic products for an unsubstantiated indication might be made non-deceptive by the inclusion of additional explanatory information that effectively communicates to consumers that there is no scientific evidence that the product works and that the product's claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.
Contact Lens Rule
Document Number: 2016-28471
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-07
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As part of its regulatory review of the Contact Lens Rule (``Rule''), and consistent with the requirements of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (the ``Act''), the Federal Trade Commission proposes to amend the Rule to require that prescribers obtain a signed acknowledgment after releasing a contact lens prescription to a patient, and maintain each such acknowledgment for a period of not less than three years. The Commission seeks comment on this proposal and several other issues.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-29149
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to conduct a survey of consumers to advance its understanding of the prevalence of consumer fraud and to allow the FTC to better serve people who experience fraud. The survey will be a follow-up to three previous surveys, the most recent of which was conducted between November 2011 and February 2012. Before gathering this information, the FTC is seeking public comments on its proposed consumer research. The information collection requirements described below are being submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'').
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-29060
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three- year extension of the current PRA clearance for the FTC's portion of the information collection requirements contained in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Regulation N (the Mortgage Acts and PracticesAdvertising Rule). The FTC shares enforcement of Regulation N with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB''). This clearance expires on December 31, 2016.
Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting
Document Number: 2016-29006
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission grants the petition of gasoline dispenser manufacturer Gilbarco, Inc. (``Gilbarco'') requesting permission for ethanol flex fuel retailers to post ethanol flex fuel rating labels that differ from size and shape specifications in the Commission's Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting (``Rule''). The Commission grants the partial exemption without a notice and comment period because ``for good cause'' the Commission finds that notice and comment is unnecessary in this case. The Commission previously granted similar requests from Gilbarco and other dispenser manufacturers without notice and comment procedures.
Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2016-28473
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2016-28472
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-28208
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three- year extension of the current PRA clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Consumer Product Warranty Rule. That clearance expires on December 31, 2016.
Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule
Document Number: 2016-27694
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') amends the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule''). The Final Rule adopts the following proposals: adding a Buyers Guide statement recommending that consumers obtain a vehicle history report (``VHR''), and directing them to an FTC website for more information about VHRs and safety recalls; revising the Buyers Guide statement describing the meaning of an ``As Is'' sale in which a dealer offers a vehicle for sale without a warranty; adding boxes to the front of the Buyers Guide where dealers can indicate additional warranty and service contract coverage; adding a Spanish statement to the English Buyers Guide advising consumers to ask for a copy of the Buyers Guide in Spanish if the dealer is conducting the sale in Spanish (and providing a Spanish translation of the optional consumer acknowledgment of receipt of the Buyers Guide); and adding air bags and catalytic converters to the list of major defects on the back of the Buyers Guide.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-27701
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comments on its proposal to extend, for three years, the current PRA clearance for its portion of the information collection requirements contained in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Regulation O (the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule). The FTC shares enforcement of Regulation O with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This clearance expires on January 31, 2017.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-27440
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-15
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information
Document Number: 2016-27266
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-15
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is extending the deadline for filing public comments on its recent Request for Public Comment on the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule'').