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Text of the FTC Order Review Procedure Act of 1994

This bill was introduced on May 26, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 26, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4518 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4518

To amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide a procedure for the termination of Federal Trade Commission orders which have been in effect for at least 10 years.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 26, 1994

Mr. KOPETSKI (for himself, Mr. OXLEY, Mr. LAROCCO, and Mr. KREIDLER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide a procedure for the termination of Federal Trade Commission orders which have been in effect for at least 10 years.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘FTC Order Review Procedure Act of 1994’.

SEC. 2. TERMINATION OF ORDERS.

    Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 45) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(n)(1) In January following the date of the enactment of this subsection, and in each January thereafter, the Commission shall publish in the Federal Register a list of all final Commission antitrust and consumer protection orders issued by the Commission that--

      ‘(A) are in effect on the date on which the list is published in the Federal Register, and

      ‘(B) have been final orders of the Commission for a period of 10 years or more on the date on which the list is published in the Federal Register.

    ‘(2)(A) Except for an order described in subparagraph (B) or an order which is not required to have a termination provision under paragraph (3), any order of the Commission which has been final for more than 10 years shall be set aside in response to a petition of the Commission for a proceeding under subsection (b) for the termination of the order unless the Commission determines, based upon a preponderance of the evidence, that the continuation of the market conditions giving rise to the order or the conduct of the person subject to the order following entry of the order require the order to remain in effect to achieve the original purpose of the order.

    ‘(B) An order referred to in subparagraph (A) is an order which--

      ‘(i) enjoins conduct subject to per se condemnation under the Sherman Act or is issued to protect the public from fraudulent conduct, or

      ‘(ii) is based on a Commission finding based on a preponderance of the evidence that there is a demonstrably high probability that the kind of conduct which resulted in the Commission issuing the order is likely to recur.

    ‘(3) Any Commission order issued after the date of enactment of this subsection shall include a provision which terminates the order 10 years after the date the order becomes final unless it is an order which--

      ‘(A) enjoins conduct subject to per se condemnation under the Sherman Act or is issued to protect the public from fraudulent conduct, or

      ‘(B) is based on a Commission finding based on a preponderance of the evidence that there is a demonstrably high probability that the kind of conduct which resulted in the Commission issuing the order is likely to recur.

    ‘(4) After the date of enactment of this subsection, any court ruling that enforces, amends, or supplements a Commission order that has been terminated pursuant to this subsection shall be vacated upon the filing of a petition in the relevant court which truthfully asserts that the related Commission order has been terminated and which requests that the court ruling be vacated.’.