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2022
April
  • FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division Host Enforcers Summit
  • FTC and Justice Department Launch Listening Forums on Firsthand Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Court Rules That Fake Government Websites Deceived Consumers; Makes $102 Million in Refunds Available
  • FTC Sues Intuit for Its Deceptive TurboTax “Free” Filing Campaign
  • The FTC’s First Report on E-Cigarette Sales and Advertising Reveals Disturbing Trends Affecting the Health of Young Americans
March
  • FTC Enforcement Action Leads U.S. Dept. of Education To Forgive $71.7 Million in Loans for Students Deceived by DeVry University
  • Operators of Investment Coaching Scheme Banned from Industry and Ordered To Pay Millions in Redress to Defrauded Consumers
  • Nvidia Corp. Abandons Vertical Transaction To Acquire Arm Ltd. in the Face of FTC Challenge
  • Rhode Island’s Two Largest Healthcare Providers Terminate Attempted Merger Following Challenge by FTC and Rhode Island Attorney General
  • New Data Shows FTC Received 2.8 Million Fraud Reports from Consumers in 2021
February
  • Court Orders Lifetime Industry Ban Against “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli in Vyera Pharmaceuticals Matter Concerning Monopoly for Daraprim
  • Lockheed Martin Abandons Vertical Acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Following FTC Challenge
  • In Wake of Omicron Variant, FTC Orders More Marketers To Stop Falsely Claiming Their Products Can Effectively Prevent or Treat COVID-19
  • Fashion Nova Will Pay $4.2 Million As Part of Settlement of FTC Allegations It Blocked Negative Reviews of Products
January
  • FTC, DOJ Obtain Ban on Negative Option Marketing and $21 Million for Consumers Deceived by Background Report Provider MyLife
  • FTC Returns Additional $25 Million to Consumers Who Lost Money to Business Coaching Scam
  • FTC Order Protects Retail Fuel Customers Following Global Partners LP’s Acquisition of Wheels
  • FTC and DOJ Hold Virtual Public Workshop Exploring Competition in Labor Markets
2021
December
  • FTC, States To Recoup Millions in Relief for Victims Fleeced by ‘Pharma Bro’ Scheme To Illegally Monopolize Life-Saving Drug Daraprim
  • FTC, DOJ Antitrust Division, and European Commission Launch EU-U.S. Joint Technology Competition Policy Dialogue
  • FTC Order Protects Retail Fuel Customers Following Global Partners LP’s Acquisition of Wheels
  • FTC Chair Lina M. Khan Announces New Appointments in Agency Leadership Positions
November
  • FTC To Ramp up Enforcement Against Illegal Dark Patterns That Trick or Trap Consumers into Subscriptions
  • FTC Sues Nasal Spray Seller for Falsely Claiming Its Products Can Prevent and Treat COVID-19
  • FTC To Restrict Future Acquisitions for Firms That Pursue Anticompetitive Mergers
  • FTC Approves Fiscal Year 2020 Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Report
October
  • Alabama Board of Dental Examiners Settles Charges That It Unreasonably Excluded Lower Cost Online and Teledentistry Providers from Competition
  • FTC Puts 700 Advertisers on Notice About Fake Reviews and Other Misleading Endorsements; Also Puts For-Profit Colleges on Notice of False Promise Crackdown
  • FTC Testifies Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging About the Agency’s Work To Halt Practices That Prey on Older Americans
  • FTC Chair Lina M. Khan Appoints Directors of Bureau of Competition and Bureau of Consumer Protection
September
  • FTC Warns Health Apps and Connected Device Companies To Comply with Health Breach Notification Rule
  • FTC Withdraws Vertical Merger Guidelines and Commentary
  • FTC Staff Presents Report on Nearly a Decade of Unreported Acquisitions by the Biggest Technology Companies
  • FTC Streamlines Consumer Protection and Competition Investigations in Eight Key Enforcement Areas To Enable Higher Caseload
August
  • FTC Withdraws Action Against AbbVie After Supreme Court Limits FTC Power To Request Disgorgement
  • LendingClub Agrees To Pay $18 Million To Settle FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers with Hidden Fees and Misrepresentations
  • FTC Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee on Legislation To Modify the Commission’s Authority and Address Challenges Facing the Agency
  • Acting BCP Director Sends Letter to Facebook Concerning the Company’s Misleading Claims Regarding Its Consent Decree with the FTC
July
  • Lina M. Khan Sworn in As FTC Chair
  • FTC Authorizes Investigations into Key Enforcement Priorities
  • FTC Issues Rule To Deter Rampant Made in USA Fraud
  • FTC and DOJ To Consider Revisions to Merger Guidelines in Response to President’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition
June
  • FTC Returns Nearly $60 Million Resulting from Product-Hopping Scheme To Thwart Generic Entry into Opioid Addiction Drug Market
  • EU Investigation Obviates Need for Injunction in DNA Sequencing Case
  • FTC Data Shows Huge Spike in Cryptocurrency Investment Scams
  • FTC Submits Annual Budget Request, Performance Plan, and Performance Report to Congress
May
  • OECD Committee on Consumer Policy To Hold International Conference on Consumer Marketplace of the Future
  • FTC Staff Report Highlights Agency’s Ongoing Efforts To Protect Consumers a Year into COVID-19 Pandemic
  • FTC Acting Chairwoman Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Eliminating FTC Authority To Recover Money for Consumers; Commission Asks Congress To Pass Legislation Reviving Authority
  • ACCC Adding Additional Complaints to Consumer Sentinel Network
April
  • Acting FTC Chairwoman Releases 2020 Annual Highlights
  • FTC Obtains Court Order Banning Work-from-Home Scammer from Selling Business Opportunities and Using Robocalls
  • FTC Announces Multilateral Working Group To Build a New Approach to Pharmaceutical Mergers
  • FTC Acting Chairwoman Slaughter Announces New Rulemaking Group
March
  • FTC Report Explores Agency’s International Role
  • New FTC Data Show Massive Increase in Romance Scams, $304M in Losses
  • FTC Launches Initiative To Encourage Lower-Income Communities To Report Fraud
  • FTC Issues Annual Report on Ethanol Market Concentration 2020
February
  • President Biden Names FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter Acting Chair, Replacing Departing FTC Chairman Joseph Simons
  • Amazon To Pay $61.7 Million To Settle FTC Charges It Withheld Some Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers
  • FTC Brings First-Ever Cases Under the BOTS Act
  • FTC Received 4.7 Million Complaints from Consumers in 2020 and Returned More Than $482 Million to Consumers
January
  • FTC Seeks Data from Nine Social Media and Video Streaming Services About How They Collect, Use, and Present Information
  • Developer of Popular Women’s Fertility-Tracking App Settles FTC Allegations That It Misled Consumers About the Disclosure of Their Health Data and Violated Privacy Shield Principles
  • FTC Imposes Conditions on E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Acquisition of Assets from Constellation Brands, Inc.
  • Bureau of Competition Publishes Blog Post on Ten Memorable Developments in 2020
2020
December
  • FTC Seeks Data from Nine Social Media and Video Streaming Services About How They Collect, Use, and Present Information
  • As Scammers Leverage Pandemic Fears, FTC and Law Enforcement Partners Crack Down on Deceptive Income Schemes Nationwide
  • FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization
  • FTC Chairman Addresses Firms’ Acquisitions of Emerging Competitive Threats.
November
  • FTC Requires Zoom To Enhance Its Security Practices as Part of Settlement
  • FTC Signs Updated Memorandum of Understanding with Nigerian Consumer Protection and Criminal Enforcement Authorities
  • Court Issues Order Halting Operators of Fake Websites Claiming to Sell Clorox and Lysol Products
  • FTC Releases FY 2020 National Do Not Call Registry Data Book
October
  • International Competition Network Addresses Enforcement and Policy Challenges of the Digital Economy at United States-Hosted 19th Annual Conference
  • FTC Expands Merger Retrospective Program
  • Second Round of Refunds, Totaling $147 Million, Sent to Consumers As a Result of Multi-Agency Case Against Western Union
  • Brazil’s SENACON Joins econsumer.gov
September
  • International Competition Network Addresses Enforcement and Policy Challenges of the Digital Economy at United States-Hosted 19th Annual Conference
  • U.S. Agencies Sign Antitrust Cooperation Framework with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom
  • Court Orders $120 Million Judgment in Sanctuary Belize, the Largest Land Fraud Case in FTC History
  • FTC Sends Letters Warning 20 More Marketers To Stop Making Unsupported COVID-19 Treatment Claims
August
  • Save the Date - September 14-17 - for This Year's ICN Annual Conference, Co-hosted by the FTC and Department of Justice
  • FTC Reports to Court That Volkswagen Returned More Than $9.5 Billion to Car Buyers Deceived by “Clean Diesel” Ad Campaign
  • FTC and econsumer.gov Members Launch an Updated Website
  • FTC Commissioners Testify at Senate Committee Oversight Hearing
  • FTC Testifies Before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Efforts to Combat COVID-19 Scams
July
  • FTC and DOJ Issue Antitrust Guidelines for Evaluating Vertical Mergers
  • FTC Settles Two Privacy Shield Cases
  • FTC Issues Staff Report on Made in USA Workshop, Seeks Comment on Proposed Labeling Rule
  • FTC and DOJ Release FY 2019 Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Report
June
  • FTC Submits Comments on Telehealth During Pandemic
  • FTC Issues More Warnings to Businesses About COVID-19 Claims
  • Swiss Digital Game Developer Settles FTC Allegations That It Falsely Claimed It Was a Member of COPPA Safe Harbor Program
  • Developer of Apps Popular with Children Agrees To Settle FTC Allegations It Illegally Collected Kids’ Data Without Parental Consent
  • FTC Releases Funeral Home Compliance Results, Offers New Business Guidance on Funeral Rule Requirements
May
  • FTC Imposes Conditions on Össur Hf’s Acquisition of College Park Industries, Inc.
  • Court Approves $5 Billion Facebook Settlement
  • FTC Intensifies Enforcement Against Unsupported COVID-19 Health Claims
  • FTC Launches Two New Interactive Dashboards Detailing Consumer Reports About International Fraud
  • FTC Seeks Comment as Part of Review of Health Breach Notification Rule
April
  • FTC and DOJ Announce Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance for Coronavirus Public Health Efforts
  • International Competition Network Annual Conference Rescheduled for September
  • FTC Data Shows Jump in Coronavirus-Related Consumer Complaints
  • FTC Warns VoIP Service Providers Against Helping Telemarketers Make Illegal Coronavirus-Related Robocalls; Joins with Federal Communications Commission in Additional Warning Letters to Gateway Providers
  • Medical Diagnostic Device Maker Settles Allegations That It Misled Consumers About Its Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
March
  • FTC Challenges Proposed Merger of Two Hospital Systems
  • FTC, FDA Send Warning Letters to Seven Companies About Unsupported Claims That Products Can Treat or Prevent Coronavirus
  • FTC 2019 Privacy and Data Security Update Highlights Record Fines and International Cooperation
  • First Round of Refunds Totaling $153 Million Sent to Consumers As a Result of Multi-Agency Case Against Western Union
  • New FTC Data Show Consumers Reported Losing More Than $200 Million to Romance Scams in 2019
February
  • FTC To Examine Past Acquisitions by Large Technology Firms
  • FTC Challenges Anticompetitive Scheme To Maintain a $4,000 Percent List-Price Increase for Life-Saving Drug Daraprim
  • Razor Manufacturer Abandons Proposed Acquisition of Disruptive Rival After FTC Sues To Block Merger
  • Background Check Services Provider Agrees To Settle FTC Allegations That It Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
January
  • FTC and DOJ Issue Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines for Public Comment
  • FTC Alleges Fuel Card Marketer FleetCor Charged Hundreds of Millions in Hidden Fees
  • Defendants Who Helped Blast Consumers with Millions of Cruise Line Robocalls Settle FTC Complaint
  • FTC Calls for Presentations for Privacy Con 2020
  • FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Publishes Blog Post on Notable Cases and Initiatives from the Past Year