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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...
This week, a generic drug manufacturer, Apotex Corp., confirmed that it was commencing U.S. sales of a generic version of the GlaxoSmithKline plc (Glaxo) antidepressant, Paxil – a prescription drug with annual sales in excess of $2 billion. Apotex was able to launch the product earlier than...
The Federal Trade Commission told Congress today that there is no simple solution to solve the problem of spam. Speaking before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittees on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection and Telecommunications and the Internet, Howard Beales, Director of the...
A Federal Trade Commission staff report released today concludes that e-commerce offers consumers lower prices and more choices in the wine market, and that states could expand e-commerce by permitting direct shipping of wine to consumers. The empirical study finds that state bans on direct...
The Federal Trade Commission today issued an administrative complaint against Union Oil Company of California (Unocal) for allegedly committing fraud in connection with regulatory proceedings before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding the development of reformulated gasoline (RFG).
The Commission has approved four applications from America Online/Time Warner, Inc. (AOLTW) requesting approval of non-affiliated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and alternative cable broadband service agreements. Pursuant to Paragraph II.A.2 of the decision and order finalized by the Commission...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice today announced times, location, and participants for final roundtable discussions in their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." These sessions...
The Federal Trade Commission has released the agenda and a list of panelists for its October 8-10 public workshop on possible anticompetitive efforts to restrict competition on the Internet. The workshop will feature testimony from senior representatives of industry, academia, state and federal...
The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule protects consumers by promoting competition among providers of funeral goods – including independent casket retailers – according to the FTC in an amicus brief filed in federal district court in the matter of Powers v. Harris.
The Commission has received two applications from America Online/Time Warner, Inc. (AOLTW) requesting approval of non-affiliated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and alternative cable broadband service agreements. Pursuant to Paragraph II.A.2 of the Decision and Order finalized by the Commission...
On October 8-10, 2002, the Federal Trade Commission will host a three-day public workshop to explore how certain state regulations and private business practices may be having significantly anticompetitive effects on e-commerce. Some private estimates suggest that the potential costs to...
  What: A media availability to discuss a three-day public workshop that will explore the potential anticompetitive effects on e-commerce of certain state regulations, and how certain e-commerce business practices may raise antitrust concerns. The regulations impose costs on consumers that,...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice today announced times, location, and participants for the July 10 and July 11, 2002 sessions in their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." These...
In an initial decision filed on June 20, 2002, and announced today, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) James P. Timony ordered a series of companies, all of which are subsidiaries of French corporation Vivendi Universal S.A., among other things to cease and desist from entering into "any combination,...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged Rambus, Inc., based in Los Altos, California, with violating federal antitrust laws by deliberately engaging in a pattern of anticompetitive acts and practices that served to deceive an industry-wide standard-setting organization, resulting in adverse...

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