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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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Republican Attorneys General Oppose Reinstatement of California’s Clean Air Act Waiver

A group of 16 Republican AGs, led by Ohio AG Dave Yost, sent a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) urging it to not reinstate California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act, which the letter argues is unconstitutional. In the letter, the AGs urge the EPA to maintain the Trump administration’s Safer…

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Democratic Attorneys General Support EPA’s Proposed Cap-and-Trade Program for HFCs

A group of 14 Democratic AGs led by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sent a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to support to Agency’s proposed rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (“AIM Act”) to use a cap-and-trade system to phase out the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs”), potent greenhouse…

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