Congressional Judiciary Committees’ Republican Members Call for Clarification of FTC Section 5 Authority

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with a number of other Republican members of both committees sent a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on Wednesday, October 23rd in regard to Section 5 of the FTC Act. Section 5 allows the Commission to investigate “unfair and deceptive business practices,” as well as “unfair methods of competition.” The signatories of this letter call on the FTC to publish guidelines for what types of activities would be prohibited by its “unfair methods of competition” power.

ANA will carefully monitor the FTC’s response to this letter and its potential impact on their regulatory efforts.  

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