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Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeks to protect consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices through law enforcement, advocacy, and education.

The FTC is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. FTC’s work is performed by the Bureaus of Consumer Protection, Competition, and Economics. That work is aided by the Office of General Counsel and seven regional offices.

In Texas, as in all states, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plays a crucial role in protecting consumers and maintaining competition. The FTC enforces federal consumer protection and antitrust laws, preventing deceptive, unfair, and anticompetitive business practices. While the FTC operates at the federal level, its actions impact Texas consumers and businesses. The agency conducts law enforcement, provides guidance to legislatures, collaborates with international and domestic government entities, and offers educational resources. The FTC's efforts in Texas are supported by its Bureaus of Consumer Protection, Competition, and Economics, as well as the Office of General Counsel and regional offices. Texas businesses and consumers benefit from the FTC's commitment to preserving market integrity and preventing business practices that could harm the competitive landscape or deceive consumers.

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