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Document Number: 2015-01517
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-01-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In a November 28, 2014, Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``SNPRM''), the FTC proposed further amendments to the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule'') following a review of public comments concerning its December 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM''). In response to a December 31, 2014, request, the Commission is extending the comment period announced in the November 2014 SNPRM from January 30, 2015, to March 17, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-01516
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting 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.
Document Number: 2015-01430
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-27
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 the rules and regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (``Fur Rules''), 16 CFR 301. This clearance expires on April 30, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-00933
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-21
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.
Document Number: 2015-00929
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-21
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 $31,084,000 for Section 8(a)(1), and $3,108,400 for Section 8(a)(2)(A).
Document Number: 2015-00666
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-16
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission plans to conduct a study to update and expand on the divestiture study it conducted in the mid-1990s to assess the effectiveness of the Commission's policies and practices regarding remedial orders where the Commission has permitted a merger but required a divestiture or other remedy, and identify the factors that contributed to the Commission successfully or unsuccessfully achieving the remedial goals of the orders. This is the first of two notices required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') in which the Commission seeks public comment on its proposed study before requesting Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') review of, and clearance for, the collection of information discussed herein.
Document Number: 2015-00515
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-15
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-00166
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-09
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 clearances for information collection requirements contained in three product labeling rules enforced by the Commission. Those clearances expire on March 31, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-00164
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-01-09
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission amends the Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other Locations (``Cooling-Off Rule'' or ``Rule''). The final Rule adopts with modifications the Commission's proposal to increase the exclusionary limit for all door-to-door sales. Under the final Rule, the revised definition of ``door-to-door sale'' distinguishes between sales at a buyer's residence and those at other locations. First, the revised definition retains coverage for sales made at a buyer's residence that have a purchase price of $25 or more. Second, the revised definition covers sales at other locations that have a purchase price of $130 or more.
Document Number: 2014-30686
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent ordersembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2014-30650
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting 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.
Document Number: 2014-30649
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2014-30646
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2014-30572
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission seeks comments on labeling for several miscellaneous refrigeration products not covered by existing labeling requirements. The Commission seeks comments on whether labels for these products would assist consumers in their purchasing decisions. Preliminary DOE analysis suggests labeling would benefit consumers and be economically and technologically feasible.
Document Number: 2014-30135
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Consistent with proposed amendments published in a June 18, 2014 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM), the Commission updates its label requirements for heating and cooling equipment and removes information from furnace labels about regional conservation standards.
Document Number: 2014-29441
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-16
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 Packaging and Labeling Act regulations (``FPLA Rules''). That clearance expires on May 31, 2015.
Document Number: 2014-28940
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2014-28973
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting 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.
Document Number: 2014-28969
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting 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.
Document Number: 2014-28865
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-09
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 its OMB clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Commission's Business Opportunity Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on February 28, 2015.
Document Number: 2014-28609
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-05
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2014-28605
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-05
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent ordersembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2014-28597
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-05
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 proposed information requests by compulsory process to a combined ten or more of the largest cigarette manufacturers and smokeless tobacco manufacturers. The information sought would include, among other things, data on manufacturer annual sales and marketing expenditures. The current FTC clearance from the OMB to conduct such information collection expires January 31, 2015. The Commission intends to ask OMB for renewed three-year clearance to collect this information.
Document Number: 2014-28347
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis of Proposed Consent Order 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.
Document Number: 2014-28346
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis of Proposed Consent Order 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.
Document Number: 2014-28000
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is proposing further amendments to the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (``Rule'' or ``Used Car Rule'') that would require dealers to indicate on the Buyers Guide whether they obtained a vehicle history report, and, if so, to provide a copy of the report to consumers who request it; revise the Buyers Guide statement describing the meaning of an ``As Is'' sale in which a dealer offers a vehicle for sale without a warranty; and move boxes to the front of the Buyers Guide for dealers to indicate whether non-dealer warranties apply to a vehicle. Based on the FTC's review of the public comments, the Commission proposes these amendments to promote consumer access to vehicle history information, to clarify the meaning of ``As Is'' in the sale of used vehicles without warranties, and to make disclosures concerning non-dealer warranties more prominent. The FTC is not adopting any final amendments to the Used Car Rule at this time. It continues to consider comments submitted in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM'') published in December 2012 and seeks additional comments in this SNPRM.
Document Number: 2014-27894
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-25
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 information collection requirements contained in the Trade Regulation Rule entitled Power Output Claims for Amplifiers Utilized in Home Entertainment Products (Amplifier Rule or Rule), 16 CFR part 432 (OMB Control Number 3084- 0105). That clearance expires on December 31, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-27803
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-25
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission publishes this request for public comment concerning a proposed parental consent method submitted by AgeCheq Inc. (``AgeCheq'') under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. This is the second proposed new method submitted by AgeCheq.
Document Number: 2014-27798
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-25
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC has completed its regulatory review of its Retail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices Rule (``Unavailability Rule'' or ``Rule''). After reviewing public comments regarding the Rule's overall costs, benefits, and regulatory and economic impact, the Commission retains the Rule. The Commission, however, takes this opportunity to issue guidance concerning the Rule's coverage. The Commission also corrects a typographical error, and ceases to publish dissents to the Rule's previous amendment.
Document Number: 2014-27733
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-24
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.
Document Number: 2014-27721
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-24
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 Trade Regulation Rule entitled Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation (R-value Rule or Rule). That clearance expires on December 31, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-27025
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-17
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2014-27013
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-14
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 seeks public comments on its proposal to extend for three years the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements pertaining to the Commission's administrative activities. That clearance expires on February 28, 2015, and consists of: (a) Applications to the Commission, including applications and notices contained in the Commission's Rules of Practice (primarily Parts I, II, and IV); (b) the FTC's consumer complaint systems; and (c) the FTC's program evaluation activities.
Document Number: 2014-26803
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-13
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.
Document Number: 2014-26551
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreements in this matter settle alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the administrative complaint issued by the Commission and the terms of the consent ordersembodied in the consent agreementsthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2014-26433
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-06
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent ordersembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2014-24846
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC plans to conduct a study to examine consumer perception of fuel economy advertising. The study is part of the Commission's regulatory review of the Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New Automobiles (``Fuel Economy Guide'' or ``Guide''). This is the second of two notices required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') in which the FTC seeks public comments on its proposed consumer research in connection with Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') review of, and clearance for, the collection of information discussed herein.
Document Number: 2014-24247
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In an August 11, 2014, Federal Register Notice, as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides, the Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') sought public comment on the efficacy, costs, and benefits of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR''), and whether the Commission should retain, modify, or rescind it. The Notice stated that comments must be received on or before October 14, 2014. In response to a request received on September 29, 2014, the Commission has decided to extend the comment period, which will now close on November 13, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-24014
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-09
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2014-23682
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
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 rule on Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans (``Negative Option Rule'' or ``Rule''). That clearance expires on December 31, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-23681
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
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.
Document Number: 2014-23680
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
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.
Document Number: 2014-23601
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-03
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 its OMB clearance for the information collection requirements contained in its Trade Regulation Rule on Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising (``Franchise Rule'' or ``Rule''). That clearance expires on December 31, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-23137
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') previously published in the Federal Register a request for public comments on the overall costs and benefits of and the continuing need for its Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services (``the Guides''). The Commission issued this request as part of its program for periodic review of its rules and guides to ensure they are up-to-date, effective, and not overly burdensome.
Document Number: 2014-22402
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-19
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.
Document Number: 2014-22388
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-19
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.
Document Number: 2014-22359
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-19
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC plans to conduct a study to examine consumer perception of environmental marketing claims. This is the second of two notices required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') in which the FTC seeks public comments on its proposed consumer research in connection with requesting Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') review of, and clearance for, the collection of information discussed herein.
Document Number: 2014-22092
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission adopts final amendments to its Trade Regulation Rule previously entitled ``Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise,'' including revising its name to ``Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise'' (the ``Rule''). The final Rule is based upon the comments received in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``ANPR''), a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM''), a Staff Report, and other information. This document contains the text of the final Rule and the Rule's Statement of Basis and Purpose (``SBP''), including a Regulatory Analysis.
Document Number: 2014-22054
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is seeking public comments on its request to the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for a three-year extension of the current PRA clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Gramm-Leach- Bliley Financial Privacy Rule (GLB Privacy Rule), 16 CFR part 313. That clearance expires on September 30, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-21970
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
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