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Shore to Please Vacations LLC; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-12280
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-11
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 complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Staffordshire Property Management, LLC; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-12279
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-11
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 complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-11194
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-29
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC requests that the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for information collection requirements in its regulation ``Duties of Furnishers of Information to Consumer Reporting Agencies'' (``Information Furnishers Rule''), which applies to certain motor vehicle dealers, and its shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of the furnisher provisions (subpart E) of the CFPB's Regulation V regarding other entities. The existing clearance expires on June 30, 2016.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-10994
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC requests that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend for three years the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in the agency's Mail, internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (MITOR or Rule). The existing clearance expires on May 31, 2019. The public should address comments to this notice to the OMB.
Contact Lens Rule
Document Number: 2019-09627
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-05-28
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As part of its regulatory review of the Contact Lens Rule (``Rule''), the Commission is proposing modifications to its prior proposal to amend the Rule to require that prescribers obtain a signed acknowledgment after releasing a contact lens prescription and maintain each such acknowledgment for a period of not less than three years. The Commission is further proposing to amend the Rule to: Permit prescribers to comply with automatic prescription release via electronic delivery in certain circumstances; specify a time-period for prescribers to respond to requests for prescriptions; clarify and institute additional requirements for automated telephone verification messages; more precisely delineate what constitutes unlawful alteration of a prescription; and require that sellers accept patient prescription presentation. The Commission seeks comment on these proposals. The Commission is not adopting any final amendments to the Rule at this time and continues to consider comments and information submitted in response to its Request for Comment of September 2015, its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking of December 2016, and its Notice Announcing Public Workshop and Request for Comment of December 2017.
Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information
Document Number: 2019-10910
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-05-24
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 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule'').
Rescission of Model Forms and Disclosures
Document Number: 2019-10110
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-05-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is rescinding several Model Forms and Disclosures promulgated pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (``FCRA'') that it has determined are no longer necessary. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act transferred rulemaking authority associated with these forms and disclosures to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (``Bureau'' or ``CFPB''). Given the CFPB's 2018 updates to its model forms and disclosures, the Commission has determined that rescinding several of its model forms and disclosures would reduce confusion. The Commission is also making conforming amendments to address references to the updated model forms and disclosures in related rules.
Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-10388
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-20
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC plans 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 Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR''). That clearance expires on August 31, 2019.
A Waldron HVAC, LLC; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-09955
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-15
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 complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
National Floors Direct, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-09953
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-15
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 complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
LVTR LLC; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-09952
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-15
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 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: 2019-09815
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Guides for the Nursery Industry
Document Number: 2019-09745
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-05-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its review of the Guides for the Nursery Industry (``Nursery Guides'' or ``Guides'') as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. Pursuant to that review, the Commission now rescinds the Guides.
Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation: Trade Regulation Rule
Document Number: 2019-09622
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-05-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') amends its Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation (``R-value Rule'' or ``Rule'') to clarify, streamline, and improve existing requirements. Specifically, the amendments clarify the Rule's coverage, improve Fact Sheet disclosures, require certain test methods to substantiate R-value claims for non-insulation products, update the test procedures incorporated into the Rule, and exempt certain disclosures for limited format advertising.
Regulatory Review Schedule
Document Number: 2019-08936
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-05-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As part of its ongoing, systematic review of all Federal Trade Commission rules and guides, the Commission announces a modified ten- year regulatory review schedule. No Commission determination on the need for, or the substance of, the rules and guides listed below should be inferred from this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08909
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC requests that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend for three years the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in the agency's Health Breach Notification Rule. The existing clearance expires on May 31, 2019. The public should address comments to this notice to the OMB.
Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses
Document Number: 2019-08886
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-05-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses (``Holder Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the agency's regular review of all its regulations and guides, and has determined to retain the Rule in its present form.
ClixSense.com; Analysis to Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-08786
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-01
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 complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations. The attached Statement of the Commission describes new requirements in recent data security orders.
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-08081
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-08080
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-07842
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-19
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is making technical revisions to several of the notices that it has published under the Privacy Act of 1974 to describe its systems of records. This action is intended to make these notices clearer, more accurate, and up-to-date.
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07737
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07736
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07735
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Tronox/Cristal USA; Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Orders To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-07697
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-17
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 of Agreement Containing Consent Orders to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent ordersembodied 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: 2019-07326
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-12
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07325
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-12
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
UrthBox, Inc. and Behnam Behrouzi; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-06956
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-09
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 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 agreement that would settle these allegations.
Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Rule
Document Number: 2019-06562
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of its rule implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (``CAN-SPAM Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the agency's periodic review of all its regulations and guides, and has determined to retain the Rule in its present form.
Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
Document Number: 2019-06039
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission is proposing to amend its Privacy Rule for certain financial institutions subject to the Rule to revise the Rule's scope, to modify the Rule's definitions of ``financial institution'' and ``federal functional regulator,'' and to update the Rule's annual customer privacy notice requirement. The proposed amendments will also remove certain examples in the Rule that apply to financial institutions that now fall outside the scope of the Commission's Rule. This action is necessary to conform the Rule to the current requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), as amended by the Dodd-Frank and FAST Acts, and will clarify which financial institutions are covered by the Commission's Rule and their annual customer privacy notice obligations under the Rule.
Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information
Document Number: 2019-04981
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on its proposal to amend the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule''). The proposal contains five main modifications to the existing Rule. First, it adds provisions designed to provide covered financial institutions with more guidance on how to develop and implement specific aspects of an overall information security program. Second, it adds provisions designed to improve the accountability of financial institutions' information security programs. Third, it exempts small businesses from certain requirements. Fourth, it expands the definition of ``financial institution'' to include entities engaged in activities that the Federal Reserve Board determines to be incidental to financial activities. Finally, the Commission proposes to include the definition of ``financial institution'' and related examples in the Rule itself rather than cross-reference them from a related FTC rule, the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2019-05082
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-19
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 regulation ``Duties of Furnishers of Information to Consumer Reporting Agencies'' (``Information Furnishers Rule''), which applies to certain motor vehicle dealers, and its shared enforcement with the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (``BCFP'') of the furnisher provisions (subpart E) of the BCFP's Regulation V regarding other entities. That clearance expires on June 30, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-05081
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-19
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC plans 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 Mail, internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (MITOR). That clearance expires on May 31, 2019.
Energy Labeling Rule
Document Number: 2018-27324
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission proposes amending the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') to make the Rule easier to use by reorganizing several sections, amending language to increase clarity, and eliminating several obsolete provisions. The proposed amendments have no substantive impact on the Rule's requirements. The Commission seeks comment regarding the proposed amendments and invites any suggestions to improve the Rule's format, organization, and clarity.
Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising
Document Number: 2019-04466
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is requesting public comment on its Trade Regulation Rule entitled ``Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising'' (``Franchise Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Rule makes it an unfair or deceptive act or practice for franchisors to fail to give prospective franchisees a Franchise Disclosure Document providing specified information about the franchisor, the franchise business, and the terms of the franchise agreement. The Rule also prohibits related misrepresentations by franchise sellers. The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Rule as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the Rule.
Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products
Document Number: 2019-03970
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comments on its Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products (``Leather Guides'' or ``Guides''). The Commission is soliciting the comments as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
Revised Jurisdictional Thresholds for Section 8 of the Clayton Act
Document Number: 2019-03396
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-04
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 $36,564,000 for Section 8(a)(1), and $3,656,400 for Section 8(a)(2)(A).
Revised Jurisdictional Thresholds for Section 7a of the Clayton Act
Document Number: 2019-03395
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-04
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-03020
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC requests that the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the information collection requirements in its Alternative Fuels Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on May 31, 2019.
Adjustments to Civil Penalty Amounts
Document Number: 2019-02237
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is implementing adjustments to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction to account for inflation, as required by law.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01530
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-08
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 comment on its proposal to extend, for three years, the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in the Health Breach Notification Rule. That clearance expires on March 31, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-00904
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-04
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 information collection requirements in the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (``COPPA Rule'' or ``Rule''), which will expire on January 31, 2019.
Identity Theft Rules
Document Number: 2018-26609
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-12-11
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on its Identity Theft Rules. The Commission is soliciting comment as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2018-25964
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-29
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 an additional three years the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Alternative Fuels Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on May 31, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25730
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-27
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 to extend for three years the current PRA clearances for information collection requirements contained in the agency's shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of subpart N of the CFPB's Regulation V (``Rule''). That clearance expires on November 30, 2018.
Military Credit Monitoring
Document Number: 2018-24940
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-16
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is publishing for comment a proposed rule to implement the credit monitoring provisions applicable to active duty military consumers in section 302 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). That section requires nationwide consumer reporting agencies to provide a free electronic credit monitoring service to active duty military consumers, subject to certain conditions. The proposed rule defines ``electronic credit monitoring service,'' ``contact information,'' ``material additions or modifications to the file of a consumer,'' and ``appropriate proof of identity,'' among other terms. It also contains requirements on how nationwide consumer reporting agencies must verify that an individual is an active duty military consumer.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-24682
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-13
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 information collection requirements in the FTC Red Flags, Card Issuers, and Address Discrepancies Rules \1\ (``Rules''). That clearance expires on November 30, 2018.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-24226
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is making non-substantive technical corrections to Appendix I, which lists the authorized disclosures and routine uses applicable to all FTC Privacy Act systems of records. This action makes the notices for these systems of records clearer, more accurate, and up-to-date.
Social Finance, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-24207
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
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 complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Linde AG and Praxair, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-24206
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
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 complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.