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Kansas Attorney General Intervenes in Investigation of Storm-Related Natural Gas Price Spike

The Kansas Corporation Commission (“KCC”) allowed Kansas AG Derek Schmidt to intervene on behalf of Kansas consumers in KCC’s investigation of Black Hills Energy, Kansas Gas Service Company, and Atmos Energy Corporation over the unusual spike in natural gas prices during February 2021 winter storms, which prompted Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to issue a State of…

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Nonprofit Landlord Accused of Keeping Rental Properties in Egregious Disrepair

Indiana AG Todd Rokita sued rental property owner Fox Lake AHF, Inc. (“Fox Lake”), a nonprofit, and its rental management company, Aloft Mgt, LLC (“Aloft”), over allegations that they allowed two large apartment complexes with thousands of residents to fall into disrepair in violation of Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act and Nonprofit Corporations Act. In addition, by serving as a management company for Fox Lake, Aloft allegedly engaged in the unlicensed practice of real estate in violation of Indiana’s Home Loan Practices Act.

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FTC Reinstates Prior Approval Requirement for Companies With Previous Antitrust Violations

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), in a 3-2 vote, rescinded a 1995 policy statement that had hindered the FTC’s ability to address anticompetitive mergers and acquisitions. Before the 1995 policy statement, the FTC’s long-standing practice required all companies that had been found by the FTC to violate antitrust laws in a previous merger to obtain…

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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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