Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

FTC Approves Publication of New Rules for Telemarketing Fees

April 28, 2006 at 5:07 pm

Also on April 28, the Commission approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that would amend the Telemarketing Sales Rule to revise the fees charged for industry access to the National Do Not Call Registry. The FTC is currently accepting comments on these proposed […]

FTC Urges FDA to Clear Uncertainty over Whole Grain Food Statements

April 28, 2006 at 5:04 pm

On April 28, the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) authorized the staffs of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Bureau of Economics and Office of Policy Planning to file comments with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) concerning the FDA's recently issued draft guidance for industry and agency staff on labeling […]

Comments over Whole Grain Labeling

April 28, 2006 at 3:32 pm

On April 28, the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) authorized the staffs of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Bureau of Economics and the Office of Policy Planning to file comments with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) concerning the FDA's recently issued draft guidance for industry and agency staff on […]

FTC Revises Fees for Do Not Call Registry

April 28, 2006 at 3:28 pm

On April 28, the Federal Trade Commission approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that would amend the Telemarketing Sales Rule to revise the fees charged for industry access to the National Do Not Call Registry. The FTC is currently accepting comments on these […]

Fifth Annual International Competition Network Conference

April 27, 2006 at 4:54 pm

On April 27, the DOJ announced that Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett will participate in the fifth annual International Competition Network (“ICN”) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on May 3-5, 2006. At the conference, senior antitrust officials and private antitrust experts from around the world as well as […]

Carmel Concrete to Pay Fines

April 27, 2006 at 4:48 pm

On April 27, the DOJ announced Hughey Inc., which does business as Carmel Concrete Products (“Carmel”), and its president, Scott D. Hughey agreed to plead guilty and pay criminal fines for fixing the price of ready mixed concrete in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Under the plea agreement, which must be […]

FTC Releases Sumary of Agreements by Branded Drug Manufacturers

April 24, 2006 at 3:07 pm

On April 24th, the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition issued a summary of agreements filed with the Commission in fiscal year 2005 (ending September 30, 2005) by generic and branded drug manufacturers. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 requires drug companies to file certain agreements […]

Concent Agreement Issued over Boston Scientific – Guidant Merger

April 20, 2006 at 3:02 pm

On April 20th, the Federal Trade Commission announced a consent agreement that will protect competition and consumers in several significant medical device markets affected by Boston Scientific’s proposed $27 billion acquisition of the Guidant Corporation (“Guidant”). The agreement will allow the transaction to proceed, provided the parties comply fully with […]

FTC Joins Foreign Partners in Recommending International Efforts to Combat Spam

April 19, 2006 at 5:09 pm

The FTC announced on April 19 it joined its foreign partners in calling for stepped up cross-border law enforcement cooperation and increased public/private sector cooperation to combat spam. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) issued recommendations in this area on the same day. To date, the FTC already […]

FTC Joins Foreign Agencies in Cross-Border Law Enforcement

April 19, 2006 at 3:24 pm

The FTC announced on April 19 it joined its foreign partners in calling for stepped up cross-border law enforcement cooperation and increased public/private sector cooperation to combat spam. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) issued recommendations in this area on the same day. To date, the FTC already […]