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FTC Requires Divestiture in $21 Billion Acquisition of Retail Fuel Chain

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached a settlement with 7-Eleven, Inc. and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (“Marathon”) to resolve allegations that 7-Eleven’s acquisition of Marathon’s retail fuel chain subsidiary, Speedway LLC, would harm competition in hundreds of local retail gasoline and diesel fuel markets in violation of the FTC Act and the Sherman Act. The FTC’s complaint alleged…

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Company Settles Over Allegations it Used Unproven Medical Claims to Market Fish Oil Supplements

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved a final settlement with German multinational chemical company BASF SE and its U.S. subsidiary, as well as BASF-retained marketing company DIEM Labs, LLC (collectively “BASF”), to resolve allegations that BASF made deceptive and scientifically unsupported claims to market its dietary fish oil supplements in violation of the FTC Act.…

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Beech-Nut Sued for Allegedly Misleading Consumers About Baby Food Safety

District of Columbia AG Karl Racine sued baby-food manufacturer Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (“Beech-Nut”) over allegations that it used deceptive and misleading advertising about the safety of its baby food in violation of the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

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FTC Takes First Action under COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charged chiropractor Eric Nepute and his company Quickwork LLC (collectively, “Quickwork”) with allegedly using false and deceptive claims to market products as scientifically proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 in violation of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act and the FTC Act. This is the FTC’s first action under the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act.

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