On November 18, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 4-0 to adopt a new policy statement outlining the commission’s plans to expand its criminal referral program in an effort to prevent and deter corporate crime stemming from consumer protection and criminal antitrust misconduct. The statement reaffirms the FTC’s commitment to referring criminal conduct uncovered during its investigations to the appropriate authorities, but ultimately does not contain any major initiatives beyond increasing cross-agency collaboration and transparency regarding the FTC’s criminal referral efforts. A referral for criminal fraud can arise from the same conduct the FTC investigates under its civil consumer protection
The US FTC adopts a policy statement outlining its criminal antitrust enforcement efforts and its plans to reinforce inter-agency collaboration and transparency
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