Announced Actions for November 3, 2000

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Amended complaint:

The Commission has authorized staff to file an amended complaint in the following matter: Consumer Repair Services, Inc. The complaint was originally filed as part of the FTC's recently announced "Operation Protection Deception" law enforcement sweep against fraudulent credit card protection schemes. The amended complaint adds Manhattan West Marketing, Inc., a Nevada corporation operating in the Central District of California, as a defendant. The Commission vote to amend the complaint was 5-0. (File No. 002-3290; staff contact is Thomas J. Syta, FTC Western Region Office, Los Angeles, 310-824-4324; see press release dated October 30, 2000.)

Publication of Federal Register notice:

The Commission has approved the publication of a Federal Register notice regarding the following: Request for a New Textile Fiber Name and Definition. As explained in the notice, which will be published shortly, the Commission is requesting public comment on Cargill Dow, LLC's petition to establish a new generic fiber name and definition for its fiber PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide). The company filed its request pursuant to Rule 8 of the FTC's Rules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules), 16 C.F.R. Sec. 303.8. The Commission has assigned PLA the temporary designation "CD 0001," and will consider whether to amend Rule 7 of the Textile Rules to include a description of the new fiber and, if so, how to implement the change. Cargill Dow has suggested the name "synterra" for the fiber, which is synthetic but derived from natural resources such as corn.

Comments as to whether the Textile Rules should be amended per Cargill Dow's request will be accepted for 75 days from the date the notice is published in the Federal Register. Comments should be submitted to: Office of the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, Room 159, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. They should be identified as "16 CFR Part 303 - Textile Rule 8 Comment - P948404. The Commission vote to publish the Federal Register notice was 5-0. (File No. P948404; staff contact is James G. Mills, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3035.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC's Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint, or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies worldwide.

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