The Federal Trade Commission continues its work protecting consumers, providing guidance to businesses, and protecting competition in the marketplace throughout the pandemic. Staff are working remotely and events that are not postponed are being held via webcast.
Help for Consumers
- FTC Chairman Joe Simons Outlines the Agency’s Approach to Safeguarding Consumers during the Coronavirus Pandemic (Mar. 26, 2020)
Consumer Protection Activities and Enforcement Actions
The FTC is tracking complaint data related to coronavirus and taking actions against scammers using the pandemic to deceive or defraud consumers.
- Track Consumer Complaints Submitted to the FTC about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- FTC and FCC Send Joint Letters to VoIP Service Providers Warning against ‘Routing and Transmitting’ Illegal Coronavirus-related Robocalls (Apr. 3, 2020)
- FTC Data Shows Jump in Coronavirus-related Complaints from Consumers (Mar. 30, 2020)
- FTC Warns Nine VoIP Service Providers and Other Companies against ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Illegal Coronavirus-related Telemarketing Calls (Mar. 27, 2020)
- FTC, FDA Send Warning Letters to Seven Companies about Unsupported Claims that Products Can Treat or Prevent Coronavirus (Mar. 9, 2020)
- Coronavirus Warning Letters
Antitrust and Competition Actions
Operations related to mergers and their review continue.
- Antitrust review at the FTC: staying the course during uncertain times (Apr. 6, 2020)
- FTC to Resume Processing HSR Early Termination Requests on March 30 (Mar. 27, 2020)
- Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department Announce Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance for Coronavirus Public Health Efforts (Mar. 24, 2020)
- Premerger Notification Office Implements Temporary e-Filing System (Mar. 13, 2020)
- Changes in Bureau procedure during COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (Mar. 16, 2020)
Staff are practicing social distancing by working from home and avoiding travel.
- FTC Outlines Agency’s Response to Coronavirus Challenges (Mar. 17, 2020)