Last week, the Federal Trade Commission approved a omnibus resolution authorizing the mandatory process in investigations involving the car rental industry. The resolution was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Noah Joshua Phillips and Christine S. Wilson voting no.
By approving the omnibus resolution, the FTC authorizes its staff to continue its investigations into the rental car industry without seeking approval from the Commission before issuing a binding proceeding. The FTC explained that “not individually authorizing the mandatory process in each case removes an unnecessary and time-consuming barrier to further investigation by staff.”
The omnibus resolution authorizes FTC staff to investigate “deceptive or unfair acts or practices in or affecting commerce in the advertising, marketing, promotion, sale, tracking, or distribution of rental cars.”
Last July, the FTC approved several other omnibus resolutions, authorizing investigations in areas such as COVID-19, health care and technology platforms. And, in September 2021, the FTC approved several others, endorsing investigations in areas such as military service members and veterans, children, algorithmic and biometric bias, deceptive and manipulative conduct online, redress restrictions, and intellectual property abuse.
“Failing to individually authorize the mandatory process in each case removes an unnecessary and time-consuming barrier to further investigation by staff”