Legal Resources

Care Labeling Rule: An FTC Roundtable

March 29, 2014

A public workshop to consider possible updates to the FTC's Care Labeling Rule for apparel and other products

Alcohol Report - 2014

March 20, 2014

Fourth major study on alcohol industry compliance with self-regulatory guidelines, including those designed to address concerns about youth access to alcohol marketing.

Roundtable on the FTC Jewelry Guides

June 19, 2013

A public roundtable to consider possible changes to the FTC's Jewelry Guides

Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age

May 26, 2013

National forum to explore how ID theft affects older Americans, including discussions of medical identity theft, tax- and government benefits-related ID theft, and the special issues facing consumers who live in assisted living or nursing homes

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2012)

February 26, 2013

Report analyzing consumer complaints received by the FTC in 2012, including a list of the Top 10 Consumer Complaints and complaint data by state and metropolitan area

The Structure and Practices of the Debt Buying Industry

January 30, 2013

The first empirical study of debt buyers, companies in the business of buying consumer debts and trying to collect on them

Cigarette Report for 2009 and 2010

September 21, 2012

Report on cigarette sales, advertising, and promotion covering 2009 and 2010

Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2009 and 2010

September 21, 2012

Report on smokeless tobacco sales, advertising, and promotion for 2009 and 2010

In Short: Advertising & Privacy Disclosures in a Digital World

May 30, 2012

Following up on the FTC's 2000 "Dot Com Disclosures" publication, a national workshop to consider the need for new guidance concerning effecting advertising and privacy disclosures in online and mobile environments

Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations for Businesses and Policymakers

March 26, 2012

FTC report calling for privacy by design, simplified choices for businesses and consumers, and greater transparency about information collection and use

The Road Ahead: Selling, Financing, and Leasing Motor Vehicles

November 17, 2011

National workshops in Detroit, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C., to explore the consumer protection issues that arise in the sale, financing or leasing of motor vehicles

Fur Rules Public Workshop

November 16, 2011

Workshop on whether to amend the FTC’s Name Guide that lists the common animal names that are allowed on fur labels

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2011

March 22, 2011

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2010 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

Business Opportunity Rule: Staff Report

October 28, 2010

FTC staff report recommending that coverage of the FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule be expanded to include work-at-home opportunities such as envelope stuffing, medical billing, and product assembly, many of which have not been covered before.

Protecting Consumers in Debt Collection Litigation and Arbitration: A Roundtable Discussion

December 4, 2009

Series of roundtables to examine consumer protection issues in debt collection proceedings against consumers.

Cigarette Sales and Marketing Expenditures Report - 2006

August 12, 2009

Report on cigarette sales, advertising, and promotion covering 2006.

Smokeless Tobacco Sales and Marketing Expenditures Report - 2006

August 12, 2009

Report on smokeless tobacco sales, advertising, and promotion covering 2006.

Business Opportunity Rule Workshop

June 1, 2009

Workshop explored proposed changes to the Business Opportunity Rule, including issues relating to the effectiveness of a proposed one-page Business Opportunities Disclosure Form that sellers of business opportunities would be required to provide to prospective purchasers.

Best Practices for Business: Protecting Personal Information and Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule

April 29, 2009

Series of workshops that focused on how businesses can better secure personal information, implement best practices for developing an appropriate data security program, and respond to data breaches and other privacy and security threats.

Consumer Protection & the Debt Settlement Industry

September 25, 2008

Workshop exploring the growth of the for-profit debt settlement industry and analyzing how its model is affecting consumers and businesses.