In First Action Under COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, FTC Seeks Monetary Penalties for Deceptive Marketing of Purported Coronavirus Treatments

Agency charges chiropractor with violating new COVID-19 consumer protection law by deceptively marketing Vitamin D and Zinc products to treat or prevent COVID-19 The Federal Trade Commission charged St. Louis-based chiropractor Eric Anthony Nepute and his company Quickwork LLC with violating the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act, by deceptively marketing…

FTC Staff Issues Note on Holder Rule and Large Transactions

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has issued a note correcting previous staff guidelines on the FTC’s Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers’ Claims and Defenses—commonly known as the Holder Rule. The Holder Rule protects consumers who enter into credit contracts by preserving their right to assert claims and defenses against any holder of certain…

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Upholds FTC’s Opinion against Generic Pharmaceutical Company Impax Laboratories, LLC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s determination that Impax Laboratories, LLC engaged in an illegal pay-for-delay, or “reverse payment,” settlement to block consumers’ access to a lower-cost generic version of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s branded extended-release opioid pain reliever Opana ER. Under the settlement, Impax agreed to…

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Dark Patterns Topics ahead of Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on topics related to the use of digital “dark patterns,” a range of potentially deceptive or unfair user interface designs used on websites and mobile apps, that will be discussed at the agency’s April 29, 2021 workshop. The FTC is seeking comment on several topics that will be…

FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Acquisition of Assets from Constellation Brands, Inc.

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that E. & J. Gallo Winery’s $1.7 billion acquisition of assets from competitor Constellation Brands, Inc. would violate federal antitrust law. According to the complaint, which was first announced in December 2020, the proposed acquisition would likely eliminate head-to-head…

FTC Challenges Illumina’s Proposed Acquisition of Cancer Detection Test Maker Grail

Agency alleges vertical merger would harm competition in the U.S. market for life-saving Multi-Cancer Early Detection tests The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint (a public version of which will be available and linked to this news release as soon as possible) and authorized a federal court lawsuit to block Illumina’s $7.1 billion…

FTC Provides Guidance for Consumers, Businesses on Preventing Evictions

Blog posts highlight key requirements of CDC moratorium and warns landlords: do not evict—or threaten to evict— tenants in violation of the CDC moratorium or any other applicable state or local measures The Federal Trade Commission has provided guidance for consumers and businesses related to the national moratorium on evictions during the pandemic, which was…

Acting FTC Chairwoman Releases 2020 Annual Highlights

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter released the Commission’s 2020 Annual Highlights today, emphasizing the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers and promote competition. “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the FTC remained dedicated to protecting consumers and promoting competition,” Slaughter said. “The FTC acted quickly to take down a number of illegal COVID-related…

FTC Sends More Than $6.5 Million to Consumers Harmed by Fashion Nova

The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling more than $6.5 million to more than 500,000 consumers who were affected by online retailer Fashion Nova’s violations of the FTC’s Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule. According to the FTC, Fashion Nova promised consumers fast shipping of their orders but regularly failed to meet those…

FTC Acting Chairwoman Slaughter Announces New Rulemaking Group

FTC will reinvigorate rulemaking authority to level the playing field for consumers and businesses New group in Office of the General Counsel will help build Commission’s rulemaking capacity and agenda for unfair or deceptive practices and unfair methods of competition Today Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter announced the creation of a new rulemaking…

FTC Sends Nearly $50 Million in Refunds to University of Phoenix Students

More than 147,000 refunds sent to students affected by the school’s deceptive ads The Federal Trade Commission is sending payments totaling nearly $50 million to more than 147,000 University of Phoenix (UOP) students who may have been lured by allegedly deceptive advertisements. The refunds stem from a lawsuit the FTC filed against UOP alleging that…

Acting FTC Chairwoman Slaughter Appoints Lindsay Kryzak the Agency’s Public Affairs Director

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter announced that she has appointed Lindsay Kryzak as Director of the agency’s Office of Public Affairs. “Especially during a pandemic, communicating with the public in clear and efficient ways about the FTC’s work is vital to the agency’s mission,” said Acting Chairwoman Slaughter. “Lindsay’s expertise working with…

Statement of Acting FTC Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter on the Nomination of Lina Khan

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter issued the following statement regarding the White House nomination of Lina Khan to serve as an FTC Commissioner: “I congratulate Lina Khan on her nomination. Her creative energy, groundbreaking antitrust work, and passion for the FTC’s mission make her an excellent nominee. I wish her a speedy…

FTC Staff Provides Annual Letter to CFPB On Debt Collection Activities

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has provided the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with an annual summary of the FTC’s activities in the debt collection arena. The FTC shares enforcement responsibility for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) with the CFPB, which provides an annual report to Congress about debt collection enforcement activities.…

FTC Acting Chairwoman, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter Testifies before House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law

Acting Chairwoman vows to strongly enforce existing antitrust law to protect Americans from rising monopoly power and anticompetitive mergers Agency will prioritize deterrence and rulemaking to promote more competitive markets for consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs Slaughter supports congressional effort to clean up bad case law, impose clear presumptions, reduce burdens on enforcers, and consider wider…

FTC Announces Multilateral Working Group to Build a New Approach to Pharmaceutical Mergers

Agency joins forces with Canadian Competition Bureau, European Commission Directorate General for Competition, United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority, U.S. Department of Justice, and Offices of State Attorneys General Note: The FTC will host a conference call TODAY for media at 11:30 ET with Acting Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter. The call-in number is 844-291-6360 and…

New York-based Defendants Settle FTC Charges They Deceptively Advertised SkyLink TV Antennas as an Effective Way to Get a Hundred Plus Premium Channels Free

A New York-based company and its CEO have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they sold hundreds of thousands of indoor TV antennas and signal amplifiers to consumers using deceptive claims that the products would let users cancel their cable service and still receive all of their favorite channels for free. “The defendants…

FTC Acts to Stop Scam Targeting Prisoners and Their Families with Bogus Magazine Offer

Inmate Magazine Service allegedly failed to deliver on magazine orders to inmates A federal court has temporarily halted the operations of a company that the Federal Trade Commission and State of Florida allege has charged hundreds of incarcerated people and their families millions of dollars for magazine subscriptions that show up late or not at all.…