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In a letter to Oregon State Senator Chip Shields, Federal Trade Commission staff expressed concern that a broad antitrust exemption proposed in Oregon Senate Bill 231A for health care collaborations is unnecessary because antitrust law already permits such efforts that benefit consumers.
Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted comments to Michigan State Senator Darwin L. Booher in response to his request for a comment on the possible competitive effects of a legislative proposal creating an exception to current law that prohibits automobile manufacturers from selling new...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in response to the PTO’s comprehensive initiative to increase the quality of granted patents. The PTO initiative focuses on excellence in work products,...
The Federal Trade Commission has adopted revisions to its Rules of Practice, which will enable parties in adjudicative proceedings before the Commission to file confidential documents electronically. Information about the e-filing system includes additional guidance about its new features.        
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments regarding the competitive impact of a legislative proposal to modify the collaborative practice arrangements that are imposed on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state and that limit the services they can provide. The...
On June 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop to examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues raised by the proliferation of online and mobile peer-to peer business platforms in certain sectors of the economy, often referred to as the “sharing economy.” The...
The workshop will study recent developments related to health care provider organization and payment models, with an emphasis on how they may affect competition in the provision of health care services.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed Professor Marina Lao as Director of the agency’s Office of Policy Planning, succeeding Professor Andrew I. Gavil, who is returning to Howard University School of Law.
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a reply comment in response to certain comments filed with the New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) regarding the NY PSC staff’s proposal to transform the function of the electric distribution system that serves residential, commercial, and...
Federal Trade Commission staff, in response to a notice requesting public comments, urged the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to reject two proposed rules that impose new restrictions on the ability of Texas dentists to enter into contracts with non-dentists, such as dental service...
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission described how it evaluates the potential competitive effects of regulating occupations, trades, and professions, and the agency’s efforts to promote competition among professionals.
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued the agenda for their joint public workshop, which will be held on June 23, 2014, to explore the economic and legal analysis of conditional pricing practices among firms in a supply chain.
FTC staff submitted written comments to Missouri State Rep. Michael J. Colona and New Jersey State Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty...
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is issuing a second Federal Register notice (FRN) containing the revised proposed information requests for its study on patent assertion entities (PAEs) for clearance from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The second FRN also calls...
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments to Missouri State Representative Jeanne Kirkton in response to a request for comments on legislative proposals that would remove or change requirements for “collaborative practice arrangements” between Missouri physicians and Advanced...
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments to Alderman Brendan Reilly of the Chicago City Council, in response to a request for comments on a proposed ordinance that would provide for the licensing and operation of transportation network providers (TNPs), particularly software...
Federal Trade Commission staff, in response to a request from State Senator James Oberweis, provided written comments to the Illinois State Senate on the competitive impact of repealing the state’s prohibition on the sale or long-term lease of vehicles on Sundays. The staff comment states that...
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment in response to a request from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (Mass. DPU) for comments on its investigation of dynamic pricing for residential electricity customers. Dynamic prices are rates that vary over time...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda for the upcoming public workshop on “Examining U.S. Health Care Competition.” The workshop will be held in the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Ave., N.W., in Washington, DC, on March 20 and 21, 2014.
Federal Trade Commission staff, in response to a request for public comment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), submitted comments on March 7, 2014 on CMS’s proposed changes in contracting for Medicare Part D.

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