UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BEFORE THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


COMMISSIONERS:
Robert Pitofsky, Chairman
Sheila F. Anthony
Mozelle W. Thompson
Orson Swindle

RESOLUTION DIRECTING USE OF COMPULSORY
PROCESS IN NON-PUBLIC INVESTIGATION OF
INTERNET ADVERTISERS, SELLERS, AND PROMOTERS

File No. 9923259

Nature and Scope of Investigation:

To determine whether unnamed Internet advertisers, sellers, and promoters may be engaged in acts or practices in violation of Sections 5 and 12 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C.  45, 52 as amended, including but not limited to the deceptive advertising, selling, and promoting of any good or service in commerce on or through the World Wide Web, e-mail, newsgroups, or other portions of the Internet. The investigation is also to determine whether Commission action to obtain redress of injury to consumers or others would be in the public interest.

The Federal Trade Commission hereby resolves and directs that any and all compulsory processes available to it be used in connection with this investigation for a period not to exceed three years from the date of issuance of this resolution. The expiration of this three-year period shall not limit or terminate the investigation or the legal effect of any compulsory process issued during the three-year period. The Federal Trade Commission specifically authorizes the filing or continuation of actions to enforce any such compulsory process after the expiration of the three-year period.

Authority to Conduct Investigation:

Sections 6, 9, 10, and 20 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46, 49, 50 and 57b-1, as amended; FTC Procedures and Rules of Practices, 16 C.F.R. Part 1.1 et seq. and supplements thereto.

By direction of the Commission, Commissioner Swindle dissenting.

Donald S. Clark
Secretary

Issued: September 7, 1999