• On July 27, 2011, the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced that they signed an antitrust memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s three antitrust agencies to “promote communication and cooperation among the agencies in the two countries.” On the Chinese side, the MOU was signed by representatives from the Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. The MOU provides for “periodic high-level consultations” and separate communications between agencies. The MOU also provides for cooperation on “exchanges of information and advice about competition law enforcement and policy developments; training programs, workshops and other means to enhance agency effectiveness; providing comments on proposed laws, regulations and guidelines; and cooperation on specific cases or investigations, when in the investigating agencies’ common interest.” More information is available here.
  • EXTENSION GRANTED: The FTC is allowing more time for public comment on a proposed safe harbor program that Aristotle International, Inc. has submitted for approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules. The rules allow industry groups and others to request FTC approval of self-regulatory guidelines that implement the protections of the Act. Comments are now due August 15, 2011. More information is available here.