Week in Review

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FTC cracks down on cell phone cramming, gun control bill hits wall in Senate, and more.

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  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first mobile cramming case, accusing a company of taking advantage of consumers by adding unauthorized charges to phone bills.
  • The U.S Senate rejected expanded gun background checks.
  • The new Senate immigration bill filed may bring a raft of new regulations and add more layers to the federal bureaucracy.
  • The Department of Energy (DOE) planned to adopt more stringent energy conservation standards for electric power distribution transformers
  • The European Commission voted to limit the bonus compensation of bankers at a year’s base salary, with limited exceptions if shareholders approve.
  • Several states have reportedly threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it missed an April 13, 2013, deadline to issue power plant emissions rules.
  • A staff report issued by a UC Berkeley Law School institute argued that the state of California needs to strengthen regulation of hydraulic fracturing.