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The Black & Decker Corporation, et al.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment

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AGENCY:

Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Proposed consent agreement.

SUMMARY:

The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint that accompanies the consent agreement and the terms of the consent order—embodied in the consent agreement—that would settle these allegations.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before January 29, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should be directed to: FTC/Office of the Secretary, Room 159, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20580.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elaine Kolish or Laura Koss, FTC/S-4302, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20580. (202) 326-3042 or 326-2890.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 38 Stat. 721, 15 U.S.C. 46 and section 2.34 of the Commission's Rules of Practice (16 CFR 2.34), notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement containing a consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained from the FTC Home Page (for December 28, 2000), on the World Wide Web, at http://www.ftc.gov/​os/​2000/​12/​index.htm. A paper copy can be obtained from the FTC Public Reference Room, Room H-130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580, either in person or by calling (202) 326-3627.

Public comment is invited. Comments should be directed to: FTC/Office of the Secretary, Room 159, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20580. Two paper copies of each comment should be filed, and should be accompanied, if possible, by a 31/2 inch diskette containing an electronic copy of the comment. Such comments or views will be considered by the Commission and will be available for inspection and copying at its principal office in accordance with section 4.9(b)(6)(ii) of the Commission's Rules of Practice (16 CFR 4.9(b)(6)(ii)).

Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment

The Federal Trade Commission has accepted an agreement, subject to final approval, to a proposed consent order from respondents The Black & Decker Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kwikset Corporation.Start Printed Page 800

The proposed consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for reception of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the Commission will again review the agreement and the comments received and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take other appropriate action or make final the agreement's proposed order.

This matter concerns advertising, packaging, labeling, and promotional practices related to the sale of Kwikset Corporation's lockset products, including locksets, deadbolts, knobs, and handles. The Commission's complaint charges that respondents misrepresented on packaging and in advertising that certain Kwikset Corporation products are all or virtually all made in the United States. In truth and in fact, these products are actually made with significant foreign content and/or processing.

The proposed consent order contains a provision that is designed to remedy the charges and to prevent the respondents from engaging in similar acts and practices in the future. Part I of the proposed order prohibits Kwikset Corporation from misrepresenting the extent to which any Kwikset lockset is made in the United States. The order defines Kwikset lockset products as any product that is manufactured or sold by Kwikset Corporation that is used to secure doors, including but not limited to locksets, deadbolts, knobs, and handles. The proposed order would allow Kwikset Corporation to represent that such products are made in the United States as long as all, or virtually all, of the components of the products are of U.S. origin, and all, or virtually all, of the labor in manufacturing them is performed in the United States.

The proposed order also prohibits Kwikset Corporation from representing that its products are “All American Made” or “All American Made and Proud of it” or otherwise entirely made in the United States, unless such products are in fact 100% made in the United States.

Part II of the proposed order requires respondents to maintain materials relied upon in disseminating any representation covered by the order. Part III of the proposed order requires Kwikset Corporation to distribute copies of the order to certain company officials and employees. Part IV of the proposed order requires the respondents to notify the Commission of any change in the corporation that may affect compliance obligations under the order. Part V of the proposed order requires the respondents to file one or more compliance reports. Part VI of the proposed order is a provision whereby the order, absent certain circumstances, terminates twenty years from the date of issuance.

The purpose of this analysis is to facilitate public comment on the proposed consent order. If is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the agreement and proposed order or to modify in any way their terms.

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By direction of the Commission.

Benjamin I. Berman,

Acting Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 01-247 Filed 1-3-01; 8:45 am]

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