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“Lina Khan’s New Club”

Corbin Barthold with TechFreedom takes a look at the FTC’s assertion of substantive rulemaking authority under the FTC Act.

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Over nearly a century of independence, the Federal Trade Commission operated with broad, sometimes open-ended legal standards to police competition. During the past forty years, the agency sought to optimize consumer welfare in its analysis. No longer is this the case. FTC Chairman Lina Khan has taken issue with numerous industries, trade practices, and regulatory norms. Her expansive view of the agency and the public interest clashes with established practices, the law, and what is best for consumers. At the Competitive Enterprise Institute, we believe no industry is safe from this regulator’s abuse of power and that consumers are in jeopardy. We seek to spotlight agency overreach to help inform legislators, and, ultimately, to restore the agency’s core mission of protecting consumer welfare.

A comprehensive list of FTC-related policy events at the FTC, CEI, and outside organizations.

VIDEO: Fireside Chat with Former FTC Chairs

The Federalist Society hosted a fireside chat with former FTC Chairs Tim Muris and Maureen Ohlhausen on December 1, 2023.

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VIDEO: "Assessing Today's FTC"

The American Action Forum held an event on January 18, 2024, to discuss the future of the FTC and the potential impacts on consumers and business.

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VIDEO: "The DOJ-FTC 2023 Merger Guidelines: Evolution or Revolution"

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) hosted a webinar to discuss the new merger guidelines on January 31, 2024.

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"FTC Policy Unpacked: Achieving Change at the FTC"

May 8, 2024 - CEI and the Federalist Society will host a webinar featuring former FTC Chairs Tim Muris and Maureen Ohlhausen, as well as Dr. Howard Beales, former Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the FTC.

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"FTC's Sweeping Non-Compete Ban"

May 9, 2024 - The Federalist Society will be hosting a webinar on the FTC's final rule banning most employee noncompete agreements.

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FTC Webinar on Noncompete Rule

May 14, 2024 - The FTC will be hosting a webinar providing an overview of the its final rule banning noncompetes.

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"Fireside Chat with FTC Commissioner Melissa Holyoak"

May 21, 2024 - The Federalist Society will host an event featuring FTC Commissioner Melissa Holyoak at the Mayflower Hotel.

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Past Events on the Federal Trade Commission

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Notices for Requests for comment from the Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) on December 20, 2023.

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The Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed rule to ban junk fees on October 11, 2023. The comment period has been extended until February 7, 2024.

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The FTC and DOJ released their long awaited draft of the updated merger guidelines. Comments are due September 18, 2023.

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The FTC and the DOJ have proposed sweeping changes to the premerger notifications rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act.

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The FTC announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the Negative Option Rule to include a “click to cancel” provision.

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Comment period closes on May 22, 2023.

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A list of recent final rule announcements from the Federal Trade Commission.

Final Rule, “Non-Compete Clause Rule,” effective September 4, 2024.

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Administrative adjudications from the Federal Trade Commission.

December 19, 2022 – Fortnite creator, Epic Games, agrees to settlement with FTC over allegations that the video game developer violated children’s privacy law.

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Recent news and announcements from the FTC.

March 3, 2023 – The FTC announced proposed changes to its 2020 consent decree with Meta, arguing that the social media company violated the agency’s privacy order. The proposed change would prohibit Meta from monetizing data from its young users.

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March 13, 2023 – The FTC submitted its budget request to Congress, seeking $590 million for FY 2024. This is an increase of $160 million above FY 2023.

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February 9, 2023 – The FTC released new data on romance scams, finding that nearly 70,000 consumers lost $1.3 billion in 2022.

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February 17, 2023 – FTC announces the launch of new Office of Technology to support the agency’s work in the digital marketplace. The office will be lead by Chief Technology Officer, Stephanie T. Nguyen.

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