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FTC Issues New Policy Statement Advancing the Goal of Open Repair Markets

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) unanimously voted in favor of a policy statement aimed to boost enforcement against manufacturer practices designed to prevent purchasers from repairing their own products in violation of antitrust laws, the FTC Act, or the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which prohibits, among other things, tying a consumer’s product warranty to the use of a specific service provider or product, unless the FTC issues a waiver.

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Septic Tank Cleaning Products Company Settles Over Millions of Alleged Illegal Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached a settlement with septic tank cleaning products company Environmental Safety International, Inc. and related individuals (collectively “ESI”) to resolve allegations that it made tens of millions of illegal robocalls in violation of the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The complaint alleged…

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Google Play Store Targeted in Multistate Antitrust Suit

A bipartisan group of 37 AGs, led by Utah AG Sean Reyes, New York AG Letitia James, North Carolina AG Josh Stein, and Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery, sued Google, LLC and related entities (collectively, “Google”) over allegations that it holds a monopoly over the distribution of apps for the Android operating system in violation of the Sherman Act and state antitrust and consumer protection laws.

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