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The Federal Trade Commission has made updates to its Rules of Practice, establishing a formal process for review by an agency Administrative Law Judge of final civil sanctions imposed by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority.

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 requires an Administrative Law Judge to provide a hearing to review final civil sanctions imposed by the Authority when requested by the aggrieved person or by the Commission. The Authority can impose a variety of sanctions for violations of its rules that have been previously approved by the Commission.

The new procedural rules outline the details of the process by which the Administrative Law Judge will conduct reviews, including timelines and the structure of the hearing. Consistent with the Act, the new procedural rules also include a description of the process by with decisions by the Administrative Law Judge can be appealed to the Commission.

The Commission vote to approve the changes to the FTC Rules of Practice was 4–0–1, with Commissioner Wilson abstaining. The changes will be published in the Federal Register shortly.

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