Although the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") hasn't issued a formal statement about its response to the current shutdown of the federal government, the FTC has previously issued contingency plans for how it would handle a shutdown. Here are some of the highlights of the FTC's plans on the consumer protection side:
1. The FTC will focus on the consumer protection cases where there is the highest threat of immediate harm and on cases where the harm is ongoing;
2. The FTC will seek continuances in all cases where it has already obtained preliminary relief and will request to suspend matters where the FTC doesn't intend to seek preliminary relief; and
3. The FTC won't process FOIA requests, pursue ongoing studies, issue reports or guides, attend or conduct workshops, hearings, or conferences, or makes its views known through letters or other public comments.
The FTC will not pursue the vast bulk of its competition and consumer protection investigations and prosecutions