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Investigations closing: The Commission’s Bureau of Competition has closed its investigation into the acquisition by Comcast Corporation (Comcast) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) of the cable assets of Adelphia Communications Corporation (Adelphia), and into related transactions in which Comcast...
The Federal Trade Commission staff today sent warning letters to 34 Web site operators making claims that products advertised as natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy will prevent or treat diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, or osteoporosis. The warning letters advise these...
Two consent orders announced by the Federal Trade Commission today both resolve the competitive concerns about Chevron Corporation’s (Chevron) proposed $18 billion acquisition of Unocal Corporation (Unocal), and settle the Commission’s 2003 monopolization complaint against Unocal alleging...
The Federal Trade Commission and Spain’s Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) today signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote enhanced cooperation and information-sharing on spam enforcement activities. Officials from both agencies will cooperate to address the...
In February and March 2005, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP), and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) will co-sponsor a nationwide series of town meetings on patent reform. The first three meetings...
The attorneys general of several states (the States) today announced their submission, for approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, of a settlement agreement with Akzo Nobel, N.V., and its subsidiary, Organon USA Inc. (collectively, Organon), resolving the States'...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop, “Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology: Consumer Protection and Competition Issues,” to explore consumer protection and competition issues associated with the distribution and use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. The workshop will be held...
Petition to reopen and modify final order: The Commission has received an application from Liberty Media Corporation (Liberty) requesting that the FTC reopen and modify the final order in the matter of Time Warner, Inc., et al. (Docket No. C-3709), as it applies to Liberty and its continuing...
The Federal Trade Commission today reinstated charges that the Union Oil Company of California violated antitrust laws by defrauding the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in connection with regulatory proceedings regarding development of reformulated gasoline.
Law enforcers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia announced today that they will join forces and share resources to fight illegal spam. A Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.K. Office of Fair Trading, the U.K.
On April 15 and 16, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology will co-sponsor a conference to address patent reform and how it might be implemented. The event will bring together government officials, business...
Chief Administrative Law Judge Stephen J. McGuire today released the public version of his initial decision in the matter of Rambus. The decision sets forth his rationale for concluding that the FTC complaint charging Rambus with violating the FTC Act should be dismissed. The initial decision...
Chief Administrative Law Judge Stephen J. McGuire today issued his initial decision and order in the matter of Rambus, Inc. The order states "Accordingly, Complaint Counsel having failed to sustain its burden of establishing liability for the violations alleged, the Complaint is Dismissed." That...
The FTC has charged a purported Web cramming operation with billing small business consumers for “free” Internet services, without full disclosure of the negative option features and without consumers’ authorization, and even when some consumers said that they were not interested in the offer. The...
The Federal Trade Commission today issued its report on how to promote innovation by finding the proper balance of competition and patent law and policy. Although both competition in markets and patents for inventors can work together to foster innovation, the report states that each policy...

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