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Document Number: 2016-01852
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') will meet on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Room 532 of the FTC Building for an Oral Argument In the Matter of LabMD, Inc. The public is invited to attend and observe the open portion of the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will be closed to the public.
Document Number: 2016-01452
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
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 $31,841,000 for Section 8(a)(1), and $3,184,100 for Section 8(a)(2)(A).
Document Number: 2016-01451
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
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.
Document Number: 2016-00841
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-19
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 Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (MITOR). This clearance expires on April 30, 2016.
Document Number: 2016-00313
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-01-19
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is publishing procedures for the administrative collection of debts, including those arising under judgments and orders of the Commission. These procedures, where applicable, will allow the use of administrative offset and tax refund offset to satisfy such debts. The use of these tools is expected to enhance the FTC's enforcement and collection efforts. The FTC is also making a technical revision to its existing rule for administrative garnishment of non- Federal wages to update the name of the Treasury Department agency responsible for cross-servicing debts.
Document Number: 2015-32972
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-01-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission issues final amendments to its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting (``Fuel Rating Rule'' or ``Rule'') by adopting rating, certification, and labeling requirements for certain ethanol-gasoline blends. The amendments further the Rule's goal of helping purchasers identify the correct fuel for their vehicles.
Document Number: 2016-00369
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-12
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: 2016-00107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-12
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') proposes revisions to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries (``Jewelry Guides'' or ``Guides''). The proposed revisions aim to respond to changes in the marketplace and help marketers avoid deceptive and unfair practices. This document summarizes the Commission's proposed revisions to the Guides and includes the proposed revised Guides.
Document Number: 2016-244
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-11
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 an additional three years the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Alternative Fuels Rule. That clearance expires on June 30, 2016.
Document Number: 2016-00038
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-07
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: 2016-00033
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-07
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC plans to conduct a qualitative survey of consumers who recently purchased an automobile and financed that purchase through a dealer. Through a survey research firm, the FTC seeks to interview consumers about the consumer's experience in selecting, purchasing, and financing an automobile from a dealer. The interviews also will involve reviewing the consumer's documentation from the purchase and financing. This is the first 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: 2016-00028
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-07
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: 2015-32634
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
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: 2015-31822
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-18
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: 2015-31670
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-17
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-30761
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In this document, the Commission adopts amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'' or ``Rule''). These amendments define and prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban for recovery services; and clarify certain provisions of the Rule. The amendments are necessary to protect consumers from deceptive or abusive practices in telemarketing.
Document Number: 2015-30935
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
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 the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (``COPPA Rule'' or ``Rule''), which will expire on February 29, 2016.
Document Number: 2015-30894
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-08
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: 2015-30359
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') requests public comment on the overall costs and benefits, and regulatory and economic impact, of its Rules and Regulations under the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses, commonly known as the ``Holder Rule,'' as part of the agency's regular review of all its regulations and guides.
Document Number: 2015-30358
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
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: 2015-28918
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission amends the rules and regulations promulgated under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (``Rules'') to: Modernize the place-of-business listing requirement; incorporate a more comprehensive metric chart; address the use of exponents with customary inch/pound measurements; delete outdated prohibitions on retail price sales representations; and acknowledge the role of the weights-and-measures laws of individual states.
Document Number: 2015-28858
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-28522
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-10
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent ordersembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2015-27992
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-03
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Document Number: 2015-27934
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-03
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 draft complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Document Number: 2015-27773
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission proposes amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule to create requirements related to a new label database on the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Web site, redesign ceiling fan labels, improve and update the comparability ranges for refrigerator labels, revise central air conditioner labels in response to new DOE enforcement requirements, improve water heater labels, and update current plumbing disclosures.
Document Number: 2015-27772
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission issues final amendments to expand coverage of the Lighting Facts label, require room air conditioner labels on packaging instead of the units themselves, enhance the durability of appliance labels, and improve plumbing disclosure requirements. This Notice completes the Commission's recent regulatory review of the Energy Labeling Rule.
Document Number: 2015-27446
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-28
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 \1\ for the FTC's shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of the disclosure requirements in subpart N of Regulation V (``Rule''). That clearance expires on December 31, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-27194
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC seeks public comments on proposed information requests to marketers of electronic cigarettes. These comments will be considered before the Commission submits a request for Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') review under the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') of compulsory process orders to those marketers. The information sought from those companies would include, among other things, data on annual sales and marketing expenditures. The Commission intends to ask OMB for a three-year clearance to collect this information.
Document Number: 2015-26690
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-21
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: 2015-26362
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-16
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 Health Breach Notification Rule. This clearance expires on March 31, 2016.
Document Number: 2015-25605
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission published final rules on May 6, 2015, revising certain of its rules of practice. This document makes a technical correction to those final rules.
Document Number: 2015-25604
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
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: 2015-25257
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-05
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 \1\ for the information collection requirements in the FTC Red Flags, Card Issuers, and Address Discrepancies Rules \2\ (``Rules''). That clearance expires on December 31, 2015.\3\
Document Number: 2015-25081
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is giving notice that there will be no fee increase for entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') for fiscal year 2016.
Document Number: 2015-24874
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-01
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: 2015-24350
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
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 the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (``COPPA Rule'' or ``Rule''), which will expire on February 29, 2016.
Document Number: 2015-24220
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
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: 2015-23498
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-21
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a Statement of Enforcement Principles Regarding ``Unfair Methods of Competition'' Under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The Statement describes the underlying antitrust principles that guide the Commission's application of its statutory authority to take action against ``unfair methods of competition'' prohibited by Section 5 of the FTC Act but not necessarily by the Sherman Act or the Clayton Act.
Document Number: 2015-21725
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Federal Trade Commission
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under subpart B, Plans and Information. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the revised paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Document Number: 2015-21278
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-27
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Federal Trade Commission
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), BSEE is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns a renewal to the paperwork requirements in the regulations under Subpart K, Oil and Gas Production Requirements.
Document Number: 2015-21103
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Federal Trade Commission
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements associated with subpart A, General, and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the revised paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Document Number: 2015-21102
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Federal Trade Commission
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the revised paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Document Number: 2015-20369
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-19
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Federal Trade Commission
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under Relief or Reduction in Royalty Rates. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the revised paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Document Number: 2015-19425
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-08-07
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Jest8 Limited, trading as Riyo (``Riyo''), under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
Document Number: 2015-19378
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-06
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 \1\ for the FTC's shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of the information collection requirements in subpart N of Regulation V (``Rule''). That clearance expires on December 31, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-17767
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
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: 2015-17764
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend through November 30, 2018, the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the information collection requirements in the FTC Red Flags, Card Issuers, and Address Discrepancies Rules \1\ (``Rules''). That clearance expires on November 30, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-14065
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') is announcing its final action in connection with the review of a set of warranty-related Rules and Guides: The Interpretations of the Magnuson- Moss Warranty Act (``Interpretations'' or ``part 700''); the Rule Governing Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions (``Rule 701''); the Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (``Rule 702''); the Rule Governing Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures (``Rule 703''); and the Guides for the Advertising of Warranties and Guarantees (``the Guides'' or ``part 239''). The Interpretations represent the Commission's views on various aspects of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (``the Act'' or ``MMWA''), and are intended to clarify the Act's requirements. Rule 701 specifies the information that must appear in a written warranty on a consumer product. Rule 702 details the obligations of sellers and warrantors to make warranty information available to consumers prior to purchase. Rule 703 specifies the minimum standards required for any informal dispute settlement mechanism that is incorporated into a written consumer product warranty, and that the consumer must use prior to pursuing any legal remedies in court. The Guides are intended to help advertisers avoid unfair or deceptive practices in the advertising of warranties or guarantees.
Document Number: 2015-16618
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-07
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.
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