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Under the leadership of Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission is moving aggressively to implement Presidential directives aimed at eliminating wasteful, unnecessary regulations and processes. Excessive regulation and bureaucracy can create significant burdens on the...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez today announced her resignation from the Commission, effective February 10, 2017. Ramirez became Chairwoman on March 4, 2013, and has served as an FTC Commissioner since April 5, 2010, following her appointment by President Barack Obama.
The Federal Trade Commission unveiled a financial readiness website designed for mobile devices to help members of the military community navigate personal financial decisions in light of the unique challenges they face, such as frequent relocations and deployment. When military families make a...
In response to a request by North Carolina State Senator Bill Cook, the Federal Trade Commission staff and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have submitted a statement to the North Carolina legislature on the possible competition and consumer impacts of a legislative proposal...
Federal Trade Commission staff filed a comment today with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the agency’s request for comment on the benefits, challenges and role of government in fostering innovation for the rapidly growing...
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a comment today with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the FCC’s proposed privacy rulemaking for broadband internet access service providers.
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has submitted a comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to the FDA’s request for comment on its draft guidance addressing nonproprietary names for biological products. The staff comment expresses concern that the FDA draft guidance on...
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners violated the federal antitrust laws by preventing non-dentists from providing teeth whitening services in competition with the state’s licensed dentists. N.C. State Bd. of Dental...
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reconsider the framework it uses to regulate homeopathic medications because it may appear to conflict with the FTC’s advertising substantiation doctrine in ways that could harm consumers and cause...
I am pleased to announce that Ben Gris has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Mergers II Division. Ben joined Mergers II in 2006 from private practice, and became a Deputy Assistant Director of the shop in 2011.
How can public agencies at the federal, state or local levels strengthen employee engagement? David Robbins offers insights from the Federal Trade Commission. Since 2010, the FTC has been among the top three federal agencies in terms of employee engagement, according to the Employee Engagement...
Spring has come again, and with it, flocks of antitrust lawyers and economists have returned to Washington, DC for the ABA’s annual Antirust Law Spring Meeting. I have once again prepared the Bureau of Competition’s report on its activities and accomplishments over the past year...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed Roslyn A. Mazer as the agency’s Inspector General, succeeding Scott Wilson, who retired. “I am pleased to welcome Roslyn to the Federal Trade Commission,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Her extensive experience will help to...
The Federal Trade Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Dutch Data Protection Authority to enhance information sharing and enforcement cooperation on privacy-related matters.
The Federal Trade Commission has submitted to Congress its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request, which includes the FY 2016 Budget Overview Statement, Performance Plan for FY 2015 and FY 2016, and Performance Report for FY 2014, as required under the Government Performance and Results and Modernization...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed Francine Lafontaine as Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics, succeeding Martin Gaynor, who is returning to Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. The Director supervises economic analysis at the Commission and advises the...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on its Hobby Protection Rules as part of its systematic review of all FTC rules and guides.
The Federal Trade Commission has renewed its partnership with law enforcement agencies in Saskatchewan, Canada, through December 31, 2018, to combat fraudulent cross-border marketing practices.

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