Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements
The Commission is amending the premerger notification rules (``the rules'') that require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'' or ``FTC'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'' or ``DOJ'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in Federal court to prevent consummation. These amendments will update and improve the effectiveness of the rules by allowing submission of notification and report forms electronically via the Internet.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
The FTC intends to conduct consumer research to examine the effectiveness of the FTC's current energy labeling requirements for consumer products and obtain information about alternatives to those labels. This activity is part of the Commission's efforts to examine the current labeling program, as required by section 137 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58). 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).
Appliance Labeling Rule
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 seeking public comment on proposed energy labeling requirements for these products.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. and Rockstar Games, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
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.
Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of the Rule concerning Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets (``Rule'' or ``Picture Tube Rule''), as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides, and has determined to retain the Rule in its current form.
Guides for the Nursery Industry
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comments on its Guides for the Nursery Industry (``Nursery Guides'' or ``Guides''). The Commission is soliciting the comments as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
Business Opportunity Rule
In a Federal Register notice published on April 12, 2006, 71 FR 19054, the FTC requested comment on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in connection with the Business Opportunity Rule. The Notice stated that comments must be submitted on or before June 16, 2006, and that rebuttal comments must be submitted on or before July 7, 2006. In response to a request for an extension of the comment period received on May 5, 2006, the Commission has extended the comment period for one additional month.