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    2022
    June
    • FTC Sues To Block Healthcare Mergers
    • FTC Protects Pet Owners from Private Equity Firm’s Anticompetitive Acquisition of Veterinary Services Clinics
    • FTC Charges Twitter with Deceptively Using Account Security Data To Sell Targeted Ads
    • FTC To Crack Down on Companies That Illegally Surveil Children Learning Online
    May
    • FTC Chair Khan Delivers Keynote at 21st ICN Annual Conference
    • FTC Takes Action To Stop Voice over Internet Provider from Facilitating Illegal Telemarketing Robocalls, Including Scams Relating to the Pandemic
    • FTC Takes Action Against Frontier for Lying About Internet Speeds and Ripping Off Customers Who Paid High-Speed Prices for Slow Service
    • FTC Proposes Small Business Protections Against Telemarketing Tricks and Traps
    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