The comment period will be open until Feb. 8, 2023.
01/10/2023 2:00 P.M.
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In October 2022, the Federal Trade Commission voted to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on “junk fees,” and sought public comment on whether it should explore the rule regarding the harms caused by junk fees and the unfair or deceptive tactics companies use to impose them, ACA International previously reported.
This week, the FTC has extended the public comment period until Feb. 8, 2023. Information about how to submit comments can be found in the Federal Register.
As previously discussed at its October meeting, the rule would address “junk fees that are charged for goods or services that have little or no added value to the consumer. The ANPR seeks comment on the prevalence of junk fees and the consumer harms arising from junk fee practices, among other questions.”
The FTC continues to seek comments on:
- Unnecessary charges for “worthless, free, or fake products or services.”
- Unavoidable charges “imposed on captive consumers.”
- Surprise charges that secretly push up the purchase price.
The proposed ruling follows the FTC’s proposal to ban “junk fees and bait-and-switch advertising tactics” in auto sales, according to a news release. It is still in the proposed rule stage. The FTC also filed an enforcement action against an auto dealer for reportedly adding “‘illegal junk fees’ onto car prices and for discriminating against Black and Latino consumers with higher financing costs and fees,” according to the news release.
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