Our staff issue advisory opinions to help clarify FTC rules and decisions regarding either competition or consumer protection issues, often in response to requests from businesses and industry groups. To find a specific opinion, use the filters on this page. Parties may request advice from our staff concerning proposed conduct.
Staff Opinion Letter to Beth Deisher Related to Marking of the Word "Copy" under the Hobby Protection Act (16 CFR Part 304).
Staff Opinion Letter to Clark R. Silcox Related to Mercury Disclosure Requirements for Light Bulbs under the Energy Labeling Rule (16 C.F.R. Part 305).
Staff Opinion Letter to Donald S. Stein, Esquire, Stating that Pürlin’s Recyclable Bedding is Not Covered by the Textile Act or the Commission’s Textile Rules (16 CFR 303).
Letter From Markus H. Meier, Assistant Director, Health Care Division, Bureau of Competition, to Jennifer R. Bolster, Esq., Hancock Estabrook, LLP, Concerning Crouse Health Hospital's Proposal To Sell Discounted Pharmaceutical Products to the Employees, Retirees, and Their Dependents of Its Affiliate, Crouse Medical Practice, PLLC, Dated October 20, 2017.
Staff Opinion Letter Addressing Compliance With the Commission Decision and Order in In the Matter of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Docket No. C-3952, and Copy of the Incoming Request
Staff opinion letter clarifying Opinion 09-1 concerning the Telemarketing Sales Rule’s applicability to calls utilizing soundboarding technology
Staff opinion letter related to energy representations for portable air conditioners.
Provides compliance guidance to funeral directors prohibited by D.C. law from removals to a funeral home until a death from natural causes is pronounced by a physician.
Confirms Opinion 15-1 requirement that Casket Price List must be provided before consumers view caskets, and addresses how funeral provider locations in storefronts, malls and mall kiosks may comply.
This Commission Staff Advisory Opinion (1) explains that the Commission's Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses, 16 C.F.R. § 433 (the Holder Rule) protects consumers who enter into credit contracts with a seller of goods or services by preserving their right to assert claims and defenses against any holder of the contract, even if the original seller subsequently assigns the contract to a third-party creditor, and (2) advises the U.S. Department of Education that -- just as courts commonly allow consumers to assert time-barred claims defensively, even if they would not be able to assert such claims in an affirmative lawsuit -- the Holder Rule would permit the time-barred claims or defenses against the holder, if state law would permit the time-barred claims or defenses against the seller.
Addresses why placing a consumer in the casket display room to wait to speak with a funeral director violates the funeral rule unless the consumer first has been shown a casket price list.
Discusses whether statutory and catalog sales exemption from definition of telemarketing applies to seller that solicits inbound calls in response to mailed catalogs, but does not complete a sale during the call.
Addresses whether a group purchasing organization based prescription-drug program operated for the benefit of a group of non-profit schools, colleges, and universities would fall within the Non-Profit Institutions Act (NPIA) exemption to the Robinson-Patman Act
Advises that, consistent with the Department of Energy (“DOE”) enforcement policy on new regional standards for furnaces, the FTC staff will not recommend enforcement action against manufacturers that do not use the new label required by 16 C.F.R. Part 305 pending resolution of ongoing DOE litigation.
Addresses online label disclosure issues under the Energy Labeling Rule (16 C.F.R. Part 305).
Clarifies how funeral providers should disclose additional charges for atypical services on the GPL and Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected.