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FTC Returns Almost $1.9 Million to Consumers in BurnLounge Pyramid Scheme

The FTC is mailing 52,099 checks to consumers who lost money to a pyramid scheme that pretended to be a legitimate multi-level marketing program selling opportunities to operate online digital music stores.

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FTC Issues Final Order Preserving Supermarket Competition in 130 Local Markets

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the $9.2 billion merger of supermarket operators Albertsons and Safeway Inc. would be anticompetitive . According to the FTC’s complaint, first announced in January 2015, Albertsons and...
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FTC Requires Dollar Tree and Family Dollar to Divest 330 Stores as Condition of Merger

Discount retailers Dollar Tree, Inc. and Family Dollar Stores, Inc. have agreed to sell 330 Family Dollar stores to a private equity firm , Sycamore Partners, to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Dollar Tree’s proposed $9.2 billion acquisition of Family Dollar would likely be...
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FTC Staff Urges Minnesota Legislature to Weigh Benefits and Risks of Disclosing Terms of State Health Care Services Contracts

Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted comments to Minnesota state legislators Joe Hoppe and Melissa Hortman in response to their request for comment on the possible competitive effects of a recently enacted law that could make contract terms for the State of Minnesota’s health plans subject...
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Following Sysco’s Abandonment of Proposed Merger with US Foods, FTC Closes Case

Following a June 23, 2015 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granting the Federal Trade Commission request for a preliminary injunction, Sysco and US Foods abandoned their proposed merger, and the Commission has now dismissed its administrative complaint. In light of...

Coming Events

Sep 9

Start with Security - San Francisco

The FTC's first “Start With Security” conference is scheduled for September 9, 2015, in San Francisco, and is co-sponsored by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It is part of a business education initiative designed to provide companies with practical resources...
Sep 21
District Of Columbia

Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a workshop on September 21, 2015 to evaluate advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. The workshop will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including medical professionals, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and...
Nov 5

Start with Security - Austin

The FTC’s second “Start With Security” event will take place on November 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas, and will be co-sponsored by the University of Texas Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  This one-day conference will continue the FTC’s work to provide...

Past Events

Jun 15
New York

Debt Collection Dialogue: A conversation between government and business

The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York State Attorney General will host a “Debt Collection Dialogue” in Buffalo, NY, on June 15, 2015. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will deliver...
Jun 11

Twitter Chat

The @FTC will host a Twitter Chat with staff attorneys from the Forking Path Co. case at 2:00 p.m. ET. Follow the conversation and submit questions using #AskFTC. Staff will be online for 60 minutes.
Jun 9
District Of Columbia

The “Sharing” Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators

The Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop examined competition, consumer protection, and economic issues...