Trump’s government shutdown stalls Digital Altitude settlements
As it stands the FTC is currently reviewing four settlements in the Digital Altitude case.
The closest of the settlement review deadlines is Michael Force on January 2nd. That is by January 2nd, the FTC was scheduled to have made a decision on the agency’s proposed settlement with Force.
Unfortunately last month Donald Trump decided to shut down the US government.
Owing to the FTC running out of money, it seems all four Digital Altitude settlement decisions will be delayed.
In a December 31st filing, the FTC advises
At the end of the day on December 21, 2018, appropriations for the FTC expired.
The FTC had sufficient carryover funds to continue operating
through mid-day on December 28. After that, the agency lacks appropriated funding, and does not know when funding will be restored.
Absent an appropriation, FTC attorneys are prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis, “except for emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.”
Subsequently the agency has requested a stay on all Digital Altitude settlement review deadlines, pending FTC refunding.
Affected settlement reviews include the aforementioned Michael Force, Mary Dee, Alan Moore and Thermography for Life.
A decision on the FTC’s motion is pending.
Update March 10th 2019 – An approved $54 million dollar judgment against the Digital Altitude defendants has brought the FTC’s case to a close.