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If your business receives a civil investigative demand (CID) from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), it likely means the agency believes you have information relevant to an ongoing investigation. Even if you’re not the target, you still need to take it seriously and respond appropriately.
A CID is like an administrative subpoena. It’s a formal request for information backed by the threat of legal punishment if you don’t comply. The FTC can use CIDs to demand stuff like testimony, documents, computer files, and physical evidence.The FTC doesn’t need probable cause to send a CID. Their authority comes from 15 U.S.C. § 57b-1 which lets them invoke investigative tools to enforce laws against unfair or deceptive business practices.
There’s a few reasons why the FTC might send your business a CID:
The CID will state the “Subject of Investigation” so check that part closely. See if the FTC is investigating your specific company or casting a wider net.
Ignoring or fighting a CID is risky business. The FTC doesn’t mess around with enforcement. As this FTC blog post says:
“These requests are legally enforceable demands, and recipients of subpoenas or CIDs need to take their obligation to comply seriously.”
If you fail to properly respond, the FTC can get the courts to compel compliance. And over the past few years, they have taken legal action against uncooperative companies. Fighting a CID should not be your default move.
Here’s some advice on managing a CID response:
Go through the CID line-by-line with experienced counsel. Understand the exact scope and constraints. Look for wiggle room to narrow or defer requests.
Don’t just jump to court motions. First, meet with the FTC to discuss the CID. See if you can limit breadth or extend deadlines. Show reasonableness.
When crafting narrative responses, remember the goal is convincing them your business complies with the law. Provide context for anything that seems questionable.
Compare your practices, policies, and procedures to wider industry standards. Show how you align with what competitors do.
Be open about burdensome requests but don’t wholesale resist compliance. Find the line between cooperation and protecting yourself. Get help from legal counsel experienced with FTC investigations.
Getting a CID means the FTC already has concerns about your business practices. But some proactive things you can do to lower investigation risks include:
Regularly reviewing policies and procedures shows good faith effort at legal compliance. And if issues do arise later, you’ll have a paper trail demonstrating reasonableness.But even companies with robust compliance programs can end up in FTC crosshairs. So know how to respond if you ever get the dreaded CID letter.
Don’t go it alone when served with a civil investigative demand. The stakes are high and one misstep can spur enforcement action.Experienced regulatory counsel can help at all stages:
The goal is convincing the FTC your business complies with relevant laws. Savvy counsel guides you to the best path there.
There’s a few ways things can play out after you respond:Case Closed – If your submissions satisfy the FTC, they may close the investigation with no further action.More Requests – If your responses raise additional questions, expect follow-up demands for info.Settlement Demand – The FTC may try negotiating a settlement before pursuing enforcement in court.Litigation – If talks fail, the FTC can file a complaint against your company in federal court.The FTC initiates over 2,000 investigations annually. Only a small fraction reach litigation. In most cases, companies avoid enforcement orders through cooperation or quick settlement.
Getting that first CID letter may spur anxiety. But understanding the process and seeking good counsel early allows you to manage the demands responsibly. With some luck – and lots of cooperation – you may close the case without issue.
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