Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00209

Submission Number:
00209
Commenter:
Morin
State:
Ohio
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The MTNA Code of Ethics is a voluntary, non-enforced Code of Ethics. The supposedly problematic section encouraged members not to solicit students from other music studios. The FTC was and is incorrect in believing that such a Code of Ethics somehow restrains competition. It is outrageous that the FTC would choose to waste government time and resources pursuing a matter that it outside of its scope and then besides that get it so wrong by believing that such a phrase in a non-profit's Code of Ethics can cause restraint of competition between independent music teachers. MTNA is a small, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and providing professional development for independent music teachers. None of this adds up. Because of MTNA's small full-time staff and limited resources, rather than fight the FTC MTNA has chosen remove the "offending" clause from the Code of Ethics and to enter into a consent decree to settle the FTC’s claims. However, the proposed consent degree is still a great hardship for MTNA. It is my hope that the FTC will consider their past actions and reconsider the terms of the consent decree. MTNA is an innocent party here and has been more than cooperate throughout this incredulous situation.