For Your Information: August 28, 1997 Announced Actions for August 28, 1997 Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, has applied for FTC approval to divest its interest in the South Seminole Hospital Joint Venture (SSH Joint Venture) and in the affiliated Hospital Development Properties, Inc./Healthnet Services, Inc. Joint Venture (HDPI/HSI Joint Venture) to Orlando Regional Healthcare System, of Orlando, Florida.
For Release: August 27, 1997 Insilco Settles FTC Charges
Purchase of Helima Created Virtual Monopoly;
Pre-Acquisition Information Transfer also Challenged
For Release: August 27, 1997 Court Halts Alleged Business Opportunity Scam Following FTC Charges
Seven individuals and four corporations -- collectively called the Urso Group -- that ran a display-rack business opportunity for greeting cards and perfumes have been charged by the Federal Trade Commission with engaging in a host of deceptive practices in violation of the FTC Act and the FTC’s Franchise Rule.
August 26, 1997
For Your Information: August 26, 1997 Announced Actions for August 26, 1997
The FTC has received an application from Loewen Group, Inc., of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and Loewen Group International, Inc., of Covington, Kentucky, requesting approval to divest Thomae Garza Funeral Home, Inc., located in Harlingen/San Benito, Texas, and Garza Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., located in Brownsville, Texas, to Border Funerals, Inc., a corporation based in Laredo, Texas, and controlled by Fred Dickey.
For Release: August 26, 1997 Coupon Fraud On The Internet Targeted For Warning Messages
The Federal Trade Commission joined with the Coupon Information Center (CIC) today in announcing that they have identified 31 Internet advertisements for potentially fraudulent coupon-related schemes and sent the advertisers e-mail messages warning about the conse quences of running such schemes.
For Your Information: August 22, 1997 Announced Actions for August 22, 1997
The Federal Trade Commission today asked a federal district court to block a merger of the nation’s two largest movable medical equipment rental firms charging that the merger violates federal antitrust laws.
August 21, 1997
For Release: August 21, 1997 Internic "Copycat" May Deceive Consumers: FTC Staff
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission issued a letter today stating that Internic Software, Inc., an Australian organization copying the official domain name registration services of Network Solutions and its InterNIC activity, may be in violation of a federal law prohibiting deceptive acts or practices.
For Your Information: August 20, 1997 Announced Actions for August 20, 1997
The consent order with Apple Computer, Inc., of Cupertino, California, settles charges that Apple misrepresented that a Power PC Upgrade Kit was available to consumers at the time they purchased certain "Performa" personal computers, or within a reasonable time period thereafter, when it actually was not available for more than a year and cost almost as much as an entirely new PowerPC computer.
For Your Information: August 19, 1997 Announced Actions for August 19, 1997 Cooper Industries, Inc., of Houston, Texas, has petitioned the FTC to reopen and vacate a 1993 consent order, which requires Cooper to license and divest low-voltage industrial fuse technolgoy that Cooper gained in its acquisition of Brush Fuses, Inc.
Regulatory Reform Update: August 19, 1997 Regulatory Reform Update for August 19, 1997
The Federal Trade Commission has begun efforts to repeal the Dry Cell Battery Rule, and is seeking public comment on the proposed repeal for 30 days, until September 18.
August 15, 1997
For Your Information: August 15, 1997 Announced Actions for August 15, 1997 Montedison S.p.A., Montell N.V., Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, The "Shell" Transport and Trading Company p.l.c. and Shell Oil Company have petitioned the FTC to reopen and modify a June 1995 consent order to eliminate the requirement that these companies obtain Commission approval before acquiring any interest in a company that is engaged either in the polypropylene technology, polypropylene licensing or polypropylene catalyst business anywhere in the world, or in the manufacture or sale of polypropylene polymers in the United States or Canada.
For Your Information: August 12, 1997 New Jersey Pharmacists Association
Staff of the Federal Trade Commission have advised the New Jersey Pharmacists Association (NJPA) that they would not recommend a challenge on antitrust grounds to a plan to establish a pharmacist network offering health education and monitoring services to diabetes and asthma patients.
For Release: August 6, 1997 FTC Charges Seller of Prepaid Phone Cards with Deception, Causing Substantial Losses to Consumer
The Federal Trade Commission and the New York State Attorney General's Office today charged a seller of prepaid phone cards with deceptive practices that have resulted in heavy losses to consumers and distributors. Rajesh Kalra, through his corporations, Trans-Asian Communications, Inc., Raj Telekom, Inc., and TransAmerican Systems, Inc., offered consumers prepaid phone cards, which enable the purchaser to buy telephone time in advance.
For Release: August 6, 1997 Nu Skin To Pay $1.5 Million Penalty To Resolve FTC Charges over Fat-Loss Claims for Supplements
Nu Skin International, Inc., the firm behind an international multi-level marketing system with thousands of distributors selling skin care products and nutritional supplements, has agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges over the fat-loss, muscle-maintenance and other claims it made for supplements containing chromium picolinate and L-carnitine.
For Your Information: August 5, 1997 Announced Actions for August 5, 1997
The order with Bruno's, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama, settles FTC charges that this regional grocery chain failed to tell job applicants denied employment (1) when information in the applicants' credit records played a role in the denials and (2) the name and address of the firm that provided the credit-history information, in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
August 1, 1997
For Your Information: August 1, 1997 Announced Actions for August 1, 1997
The Commission has granted the application of Baxter International, Inc., of Deerfield, Illinois, to divest by license Immuno Fibrin Sealant, a product in development that will be used to control bleeding in surgical procedures, to Haemacure Corporation, a Canadian firm. Divestiture of these assets is required under a February 1996 consent order designed to restore competition for the development of fibrin sealant allegedly injured as a result of Baxter's acquisition of Immuno International.
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