Let’s hope it doesn’t get to this, but . . .

When the FTC conducts an investigation to see if a company has violated the law, it’s important that the process is efficient and not unduly burdensome on those involved.  The FTC’s Rules of Practice lay out the procedures the Commission follows.

Some of the current Rules were adopted when businesses had boxes of documents piled up like the last scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  But times and technology have changed.  Tracking down relevant material is no longer a matter of opening a file drawer.  So the FTC has floated some proposed updates to the Rules that reflect the new electronic workplace and streamline how disputes over subpoenas and civil investigative demands should be resolved.

The other suggestion on the table — and let’s really hope it doesn’t gets to this — proposes a new framework for evaluating allegations that attorneys practicing before the FTC have engaged in misconduct.

The FTC wants your feedback about the proposed changes. The deadline for comments is March 23, 2012.  And speaking of the electronic workplace, save time by filing online.


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