US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)

US Federal Trade Commission

US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)

When the FTC was created in 1914, its purpose was to prevent unfair methods of competition in commerce as part of the battle to “bust the trusts.” Over the years, Congress passed additional laws giving the agency greater authority to police anticompetitive practices. In 1938, Congress passed a broad prohibition against “unfair and deceptive acts or practices.” Since then, the Commission also has been directed to administer a wide variety of other consumer protection laws, including the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Pay-Per-Call Rule and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. In 1975, Congress gave the FTC the authority to adopt industry-wide trade regulation rules

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13501 Bulletin

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC reaches proposed settlement with a State dental licensing agency to charges that it unreasonably excluded lower-cost online and teledentistry providers from competition (Alabama Board of Dental Examiners)

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Alabama Board of Dental Examiners Agrees to Settle FTC Charges that It Unreasonably Excluded Lower Cost Online and Teledentistry Providers from Competition* To settle FTC charges that its actions violated the antitrust laws, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama has agreed to stop requiring (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC fines the CEO of a Wall Street bank for repeatedly violating antitrust laws by illegally finalizing stock acquisitions (Capital One / Richard Fairbank)

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FTC Fines Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws* On multiple occasions, Wall Street banker failed to comply with federal antitrust laws when he illegally finalized stock acquisitions Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Richard Fairbank, CEO of (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC files an amended complaint against a social media company alleging it resorted to illegal buy-or-bury scheme to crush competition after string of failed attempts to innovate (Facebook)

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FTC Alleges Facebook Resorted to Illegal Buy-or-Bury Scheme to Crush Competition After String of Failed Attempts to Innovate* Agency’s amended complaint details how the monopolist survived existential threats by illegally acquiring innovative competitors and burying successful app developers. (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on legislation to modify its authority and address challenges facing the agency

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FTC Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Legislation to Modify the Commission’s Authority and Address Challenges Facing the Agency* The Federal Trade Commission testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on legislation (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC charges a semiconductor supplier with illegal monopolization through exclusive dealing in the market for components used to deliver TV and broadband internet services (Broadcom)

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FTC Charges Broadcom with Illegal Monopolization and Orders the Semiconductor Supplier to Cease its Anticompetitive Conduct* The Federal Trade Commission has issued a complaint charging Broadcom with illegally monopolizing markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC orders the divestiture of hundreds of shops following the acquisition of a retail fuel chain by the largest national convenience store chain (7-Eleven / Speedway)

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FTC Orders the Divestiture of Hundreds of Retail Stores Following 7-Eleven, Inc.’s Anticompetitive $21 Billion Acquisition of the Speedway Retail Fuel Chain* Proposed order prohibits 7-Eleven from enforcing noncompete provisions for franchisees or employees working at or doing business with (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC announces that a real estate appraisers board agreed to settle charges stating that it fixed prices for appraisal services in Louisiana (Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board)

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Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board Agrees to Settle FTC Charges that It Fixed Prices for Appraisal Services in Louisiana* The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board has agreed to stop fixing compensation levels for residential real estate appraisal services in Louisiana as part of a (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requires the divestiture of gasoline market assets as a condition to clear the merger between two convenience stores companies (Buck’s / Casey’s General Stores)

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FTC Requires Divestitures as Condition of Casey’s General Stores, Inc.’s Acquisition of Buck’s Intermediate Holdings, LLC* Order preserves competition in local fuel markets in Nebraska and Iowa Casey’s General Stores, Inc., Buck’s Intermediate Holdings, LLC, and Steven Buchanan, have agreed to (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order settling charges that the acquisition by a medical device company of its competitor would violate federal antitrust law (Stryker / Wright Medical Group)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Stryker Corp.’s Acquisition of Wright Medical Group N.V.* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that medical device company Stryker Corp.’s proposed $4 billion acquisition of (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC sues the world’s dominant social network company for illegal monopolization, requires divesting its acquisitions of up-and-coming rivals, and prohibiting the imposition of anti-competitive conditions on software developers (Facebook)

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FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization* The Federal Trade Commission today sued Facebook, alleging that the company is illegally maintaining its personal social networking monopoly through a years-long course of anticompetitive conduct. Following a lengthy investigation in cooperation (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC challenges a proposed acquisition of a competitor by a hospital in the healthcare sector (Hackensack Meridian Health / Englewood Healthcare Foundation)

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FTC Challenges Hackensack Meridian Health, Inc.’s Proposed Acquisition of Competitor Englewood Healthcare Foundation* New Jersey healthcare system merger would increase price and reduce quality of healthcare. The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint, and authorized a (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves prosthetics manufacturer’s application to divest assets it gained through the acquisition of prosthetics company (Otto Bock / Freedom)

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FTC Approves Otto Bock HealthCare North America, Inc.’s Application to Divest Assets It Gained through Acquisition of FIH Group Holdings, LLC* Divestiture preserves competition for microprocessor prosthetic knees The Federal Trade Commission has approved an application by prosthetics (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC files a complaint and sues to block a proposed acquisition of two hospitals by a healthcare company (Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare / Saint Francis)

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FTC Sues to Block Proposed Acquisition of Two Memphis-Area Hospitals* Transaction would eliminate competition, increase prices, and reduce quality of care The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint, and authorized a suit in federal court, to block the proposed $350 (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requests public comment on prosthetics manufacturer’s application to approve divestiture of assets it gained during acquisition (Otto Bock HealthCare / FIH Group Holdings)

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FTC Requests Public Comment on Otto Bock HealthCare North America, Inc.’s Application to Approve Divestiture of Assets It Gained through Acquisition of FIH Group Holdings, LLC* The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by prosthetics manufacturer Otto (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order imposing divestitures as a condition of a merger in the markets for gasoline and diesel fuel (Arko Holdings / Empire Petroleum Partners)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Arko Holdings Ltd.’s Acquisition of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Arko Holdings Ltd.’s acquisition of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requests rehearing en banc by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of global semiconductor company’s standard-essential patent licensing practices (Qualcomm)

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FTC Requests Rehearing En Banc of Qualcomm Appeals Panel Decision* The Federal Trade Commission today filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requesting rehearing en banc of the August 11, 2020, decision of a panel of that court in the matter of FTC v. Qualcomm (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC comments to the Texas Attorney General about likely competitive effect of proposed regulations imposing additional supervisory requirements on Texas Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)

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FTC Comment to Texas Attorney General Raises Concerns about Likely Competitive Effect of Proposed Regulations Imposing Additional Supervisory Requirements on Texas Certified Nurse Anesthetists* The Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted a comment to the Texas Attorney General regarding (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC submits a comment to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that opposes issuing certificates of public advantage to prevent a merger of two health systems (Hendrick Health System / Shannon Health System)

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FTC Staff Submits Public Comment in Texas Opposing Certificate of Public Advantage Applications* The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that opposes issuing certificates of public advantage (COPAs) to Hendrick Health System and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order requiring animal health product suppliers to divest assets in three product markets as a condition of acquisition (Elanco Animal Health / Bayer Animal Health)

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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Animal Health Product Suppliers Elanco Animal Health, Inc. and Bayer Animal Health GmbH to Divest Assets in Three Product Markets as a Condition of Acquisition* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC signs Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework with US DOJ and competition authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

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FTC Chairman Joseph J. Simons Signs Antitrust Cooperation Framework with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom* Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework seeks to improve cooperation in an increasingly global economy Today, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order imposing conditions on the transfer of ownership between energy companies (Tri Star Energy / Hollingsworth Oil Company / C & H Properties / Ronald L. Hollingsworth)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Tri Star Energy, LLC’s Acquisition of Certain Assets of Hollingsworth Oil Company, Inc., C & H Properties, and Ronald L. Hollingsworth* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requires global suppliers of animal health products to divest assets in 3 product markets as a condition for merger clearance (Elanco / Bayer)

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FTC Requires Global Suppliers of Animal Health Products Elanco Animal Health, Inc. and Bayer Animal Health GmbH to Divest Assets in Three Product Markets, as a Condition of Merger* The Federal Trade Commission will require global suppliers of animal products, Elanco Animal Health, Inc. and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC fines retail fuel station operator and its affiliate for failing to divest 10 retail gas stations as required by earlier order (Alimentation Couche-Tard / CrossAmerica Partners)

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP Agree to Pay $3.5 Million Civil Penalty to Settle FTC Allegations that they Violated 2018 Order* Retail fuel station and convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“ACT”) and its former affiliate, CrossAmerica Partners LP (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears transfer of ownership over certain assets between energy companies subject to divestments (Tri Star Energy / Hollingsworth Oil Company / C & H Properties / Ronald L. Hollingsworth)

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FTC Requires Divestitures as Condition of Tri Star Energy, LLC’s Acquisition of Certain Assets of Hollingsworth Oil Company, Inc., C & H Properties, and Ronald L. Hollingsworth* Tri Star Energy, LLC and Hollingsworth Oil Company, Inc., C & H Properties, and Ronald L. Hollingsworth have (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order settling all charges that manufacturer of law enforcement equipment entered into anti-competitive agreements with the seller of body-worn camera systems when they entered a merger of their businesses (Safariland / Axon / VieVu)

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FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that VieVu’s Former Parent Company Safariland Entered into Anticompetitive Agreements with Body-Worn Camera Systems Seller Axon* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Safariland, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC supports new provisions by the US centers for medicare & medicaid services aimed at reducing or eliminating restrictive Medicare payment requirements for telehealth and related services during the COVID-19 pandemic

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FTC Comment Supports Provisions in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Interim Final Rule that Reduce or Eliminate Restrictive Medicare Payment Requirements for Telehealth and Related Services during Pandemic* The staffs of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC finishes public consultation period and clears a pharmaceutical merger subject to divestments in highly concentrated markets that supply biopharmaceutical companies with key inputs (Danaher / GE Biopharma)

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FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that Danaher Corporation’s Acquisition of GE Biopharma Was Anticompetitive* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Danaher Corporation’s acquisition of GE Biopharma would likely (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears merger of medical device companies subject to the divestment of one’s myoelectric elbows business to competitors (College Park Industries / Össur Hf)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Össur Hf’s Acquisition of College Park Industries, Inc.* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Össur Hf’s proposed acquisition of College Park Industries, Inc. would violate (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final orders settling charges that reciprocal agreements between furniture rent-to-own operators are anticompetitive (Aaron’s / Buddy’s Newco / Rent-A-Center)

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FTC Approves Final Orders Settling Charges that Rent-to-Own Operators Restrained Competition through Reciprocal Purchase Agreements* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges that rent-to-own operators Aaron’s Inc., Buddy’s Newco, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC proposes new order settling all charges that manufacturer of law enforcement equipment entered into anticompetitive agreements with the seller of body-worn camera systems when they entered a merger of their businesses (Safariland / Axon / VieVu)

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VieVu’s Former Parent Company Safariland Agrees to Settle Charges That It Entered into Anticompetitive Agreements with Body-Worn Camera Systems Seller Axon* Settlement is part of a larger case challenging Axon’s consummated acquisition of former competitor VieVu Safariland, LLC, which (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC adds 6 State Attorneys General as co-complainants in a lawsuit against an anticompetitive scheme to protect list-price increase of more than 4,000 percent for life-saving drug Daraprim (Vyera Pharmaceuticals / Martin Shkreli / Phoenixus / Kevin Mulleady)

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Six More States Join FTC and NY Attorney General’s Case Against Vyera Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, and Other Defendants* Defendants engaged in anticompetitive scheme to protect list-price increase of more than 4,000 percent for life-saving drug Daraprim The Federal Trade Commission has (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears merger of 2 veterinary service providers subject to divestments in 3 geographic markets (Compassion First / National Veterinary Associates)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Veterinary Service Providers Compassion First and National Veterinary Associates* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Compassion First’s proposed $5 billion acquisition (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears merger of prosthetic limbs manufacturers, subject to the divestment of myoelectric elbow business (Össur Hf / College Park Industries)

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FTC Imposes Conditions on Össur Hf’s Acquisition of College Park Industries, Inc.* Conditions to remedy competition loss in the U.S. market for myoelectric elbows Össur Hf and College Park Industries, Inc., both makers of prosthetic limbs, have agreed to divest College Park’s myoelectric elbow (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC sues to unwind a cigarette company’s $12.8 billion investment in its competitor in the market for closed-system e-cigarettes (Altria Group / JUUL Labs)

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FTC Sues to Unwind Altria’s $12.8 Billion Investment in Competitor JUUL* Today, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint alleging that Altria Group, Inc. and JUUL Labs, Inc. entered a series of agreements, including Altria’s acquisition of a 35% stake in JUUL, that (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US DoJ and FTC issue a joint statement announcing an expedited antitrust procedure and provide guidance on collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and safety of Americans during the COVID-19 outbreak

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE EXPEDITED ANTITRUST PROCEDURE AND GUIDANCE FOR CORONAVIRUS PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORTS* The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division today issued joint statement detailing an expedited antitrust procedure (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC and DoJ issue a joint letter raising concerns that the California Assembly Bill 1541 will impose new restrictions on beer manufacturers who wish to terminate their distribution agreement with wholesalers

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Joint FTC and DOJ Letter Raises Concerns about California Assembly Bill 1541, which would Impose New Restrictions on Beer Manufacturers Who Wish to Terminate Distribution Agreement with Wholesalers* The staff of Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Economics, and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears a global biopharmaceutical merger subject to several divestments in highly concentrated product markets for ten products that companies use to manufacture biopharmaceutical drugs (Danaher Corporation / GE Biopharma)

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FTC Imposes Conditions on Danaher Corporation’s Acquisition of GE Biopharma* Merger likely to reduce competition in highly concentrated markets that supply biopharmaceutical companies with key inputs Danaher Corporation has agreed to divest assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC starts examining acquisitions by 5 Big Tech companies from the 2010-2019 period that were not reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (Alphabet / Amazon / Apple / Facebook / Microsoft - 6(b) Platform Study)

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FTC to Examine Past Acquisitions by Large Technology Companies* Agency Issues 6(b) Orders to Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook, Inc., Google Inc., and Microsoft Corp. The Federal Trade Commission issued Special Orders to five large technology firms, requiring them to (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC subjects to public comment the consent agreement proposed by two pharmaceutical companies that implemented an unlawful agreement not to compete (Concordia and Par)

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Pharmaceutical companies settle ftc charges of an illegal agreement not to compete, which resulted in higher prices for generic version of ADHD drug* Pharmaceutical companies Concordia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. have settled FTC charges that they entered into an unlawful (...)

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