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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...
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,...

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