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FTC Attempts to Unroll Anesthesiology Consolidation in Texas

The FTC filed a lawsuit against U.S. Anesthesia Partners, Inc., and private equity company Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe XI, L.P. and affiliated entities, alleging that they violated the Clayton Act and the FTC Act by engaging in an anticompetitive scheme to monopolize the anesthesiology market in Texas.

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FTC, DOL Partner to Protect Workers

The FTC and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) signed an agreement to increase inter-agency cooperation in combatting anticompetitive behavior and unfair and deceptive acts and practices that harm workers. The agreement strengthens the agencies’ partnership in areas of mutual interest including worker misclassification, illegal claims and disclosures about earnings and costs associated with work,…

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AGs Tell Congress that EATS Act Ruins their Appetite

A group of 16 Democratic AGs wrote a letter to Congressional leaders opposing the passage of the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act, which restricts state and local governments abilities to set agricultural product standards and arose following the Supreme Court’s 2023 ruling in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross that upheld California regulation of…

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AGs Ask Congress Not to Deflate Inflation Reduction Act

A group of 11 Democratic AGs wrote a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to protect the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) from budget cuts. In the letter, the AGs argue that cuts to IRA funding could harm programs that help small businesses and agricultural producers convert to renewable energy and undermine support for low- and…

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Drip Pricing Can Lead to Unexpected Drain on Hotel Guests’ Bank Accounts

Choice Hotels International, Inc. settled with Colorado AG Phil Weiser to resolve allegations that the company violated the Colorado Consumer Protection Act by employing “drip pricing”—omitting mandatory fees from advertised room rates. Under the terms of the settlement, Choice must fully disclose fees in connection with advertised room rates, and enforce third party compliance regarding…

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