Valassis Communications, Inc., In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Valassis Communications, Inc.
FTC Matter/File Number:

0510008

Docket Number:

C-4160

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

Valassis, a leading producer of free-standing newspaper inserts in the United States, has settled charges that it violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by attempting to collude with News America Marketing, its only rival, to eliminate competition between the two companies. During a conference call with industry analysts, a Valassis executive invited NewsAmerica to join in a scheme to allocate customers and fix prices in order to end an ongoing price war between the two companies. Under the consent order settling the FTC’s complaint, Valassis is barred from engaging in or inviting collusive agreements with other publishers or attempting to collude with its competitors.