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Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, In the Matter of

The Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, alleging that the group is unreasonably restraining price competition for appraisal services in Louisiana, contrary to federal antitrust law. The complaint alleged that the appraisal board’s regulations exceeded the scope of the mandate outlined in the Dodd-Frank Act that required appraisal management companies to pay “a rate that is customary and reasonable for appraisal services performed in the market area of the property being appraised.” Specifically, the board required appraisal fees to equal or exceed the median fees identified in survey reports commissioned and published by the board. The board then investigated and sanctioned companies that paid fees below the specified levels. 

Shortly before the administrative trial was set to begin, the FTC and the board reached a proposed settlement agreement.

On April 5, 2022, the Commission announced the final consent agreement in this matter.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
161 0068
Docket Number
9374
Case Status
Pending

Oxbow Carbon Minerals, LLC, et al. v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.

Date
Citation Number
21-7093
Federal Court
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Joint amicus brief of the United States and Federal Trade Commission in support of rail shipper plaintiffs. The brief urges affirmance of the district court decision that interpreted a provision of...

Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama, In the Matter of

To settle FTC charges that its actions violated the antitrust laws, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama agreed to stop requiring on-site supervision by licensed dentists of alignment scans of prospective patients’ mouths seeking to address misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth. According to the complaint, the board amended a rule to prohibit dental hygienists and other non-dentist practitioners from performing scans inside a patient’s mouth without on-site dentist supervision. The complaint alleges that the Board unreasonably excluded from competition providers of teledentistry-based teeth alignment products and services, and that it did this without adequate active supervision from neutral state officials, in violation of the FTC Act. On Dec. 21, 2021, the FTC announced the final consent agreement in this matter.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
1910153
Docket Number
C-4757
Case Status
Pending