Federal Trade Commission December 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Intent to Request Public Comments
Document Number: E6-22407
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-29
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As part of its ongoing systematic review of all Federal Trade Commission rules and guides, the Commission gives notice that, during 2007, it intends to request public comments on the rules and guides listed below. The Commission will request comments on, among other things, the economic impact of, and the continuing need for, the rules and guides; possible conflict between the rules and guides and state, local, or other federal laws or regulations; and the effect on the rules and guides of any technological, economic, or other industry changes. No Commission determination on the need for or the substance of the rules and guides should be inferred from the notice of intent to publish requests for comments. In addition, the Commission announces a revised 10-year regulatory review schedule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-22406
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-29
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 Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through April 30, 2010 the current OMB clearance for its Free Annual File Disclosures Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on April 30, 2007.
Appliance Labeling Rule
Document Number: 06-9901
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directs the Commission to issue labeling requirements for the electricity used by ceiling fans to circulate air. The Commission is publishing amendments to the Appliance Labeling Rule that establish energy labeling requirements for these products.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-22171
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-27
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'') (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through January 31, 2010 the current OMB clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Trade Regulation Rule (``MTOR'' or ``Rule''), 16 CFR Part 435. That clearance expires on January 31, 2007.
Public Workshop: Negative Options: An FTC Workshop Analyzing Negative Option Marketing
Document Number: E6-22147
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is planning to host a public workshop that will analyze the marketing of offers of goods and services with negative option features. The workshop will address the pros and cons of such offers, discuss online marketing of such offers, and explore ways to make effective disclosures in online advertising of such offers.
Telemarketing Sales Rule; Extension Beyond January 2, 2007, of the Previously Announced Forbearance Policy in Enforcement of the Prohibition of Prerecorded Calls in the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”)
Document Number: E6-22144
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In a Federal Register document published on October 4, 2006, 71 FR 58716, the FTC denied a request for creation of a new safe harbor in the TSR for prerecorded calls by sellers and their telemarketers to consumers with whom the seller has an ``established business relationship,'' and proposed an amendment to the TSR that would make explicit the prohibition on prerecorded calls that is now implicit in the TSR's call abandonment provisions. The Commission accordingly also announced the revocation of a previously announced policy of forbearing from enforcement of the TSR's call abandonment prohibition effective January 2, 2007. In response to a request for an extension of the forbearance policy, the Commission has determined that the forbearance policy should remain in effect until the conclusion of the prerecorded call amendment proceeding.
Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 06-9865
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc.; Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Orders To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: E6-21519
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-18
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 or 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 orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-21514
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-18
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 Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through April 30, 2010 the current OMB clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Contact Lens Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on April 30, 2007.
Charges For Certain Disclosures
Document Number: E6-21196
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission announces that the ceiling on allowable charges under Section 612(f) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (``FCRA'') will remain unchanged at $10.00 for 2007. Under 1996 amendments to the FCRA, the Federal Trade Commission is required to increase the $8.00 amount referred to in paragraph (1)(A)(i) of Section 612(f) on January 1 of each year, based proportionally on changes in the Consumer Price Index (``CPI''), with fractional changes rounded to the nearest fifty cents. The CPI increased 25.88 percent between September 1997, the date the FCRA amendments took effect, and September 2006. This increase in the CPI and the requirement that any increase be rounded to the nearest fifty cents results in no change in the current maximum allowable charge of $10.00.
Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 06-9618
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-11
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Service Corporation International and Alderwoods Group, Inc.; Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Orders To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: E6-20591
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
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 or 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 orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.