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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

FTC Will Hold Public Workshop on Section 5 Unfair Methods of Competition
On October 17, 2008, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will hold a public workshop in Washington, D.C., to explore the scope of the prohibition of "unfair methods of competition" in Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The workshop will focus on unlawful conduct that is not covered by the Sherman Act and other antitrust laws. The FTC seeks written and oral comments at the workshop on the following topics:

    (1) the history of Section 5, including Congress's enactment, the FTC's enforcement, and the courts' response; (2) the range of possible interpretations of Section 5; and (3) examples of business conduct that may be unfair methods of competition addressable by Section 5.

Written comments are due to the FTC by October 24, 2008.

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