Where does this say it is illegal to discuss fees?
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From: Mark Oakford <oakfordm(--nospam--at)RSEC.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 1999 8:13 PM
Subject: Re: Discussing Engineering Fee's
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 1989
> FTC CHARGES NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
> WITH RESTRICTING COMPETITION;
> CONSENT AGREEMENT SETTLES CHARGES
> The Federal Trade Commission has charged that the Structural
> Engineers Association of Northern California, Inc. (SEAONC)
> illegally restrained competition among structural engineers in
> Northern California. Under a consent agreement announced today
> for public comment, SEAONC agreed not to restrict its members
> from soliciting business by truthful advertising; engaging in
> price competition; and providing services to clients of other
> SEAONC is a voluntary professional association of approx-
> imately 1,000 structural engineers who comprise over 70% of the
> Northern California licensed structural engineers and civil
> engineers who perform structural engineering.
> According to a complaint accompanying the consent agreement,
> SEAONC had enacted canons of ethics that:
> -- prohibited its members from self-laudatory advertising;
> -- required its members to charge "appropriate and ade-
> quate" fees for their work; and
> -- prohibited its members from providing services to the
> clients of other engineers.
> All of these actions, the complaint said, restrained compe-
> tition unreasonably and injured consumers.
> SEAONC's principal business office is located in San Fran-
> cisco, Calif. The investigation was handled by the FTC's San
> Francisco Regional Office.
> The consent agreement is scheduled to appear in the Federal
> Register August 16. It will be subject to public comment for 60
> days, until October 16, after which the Commission will decide
> whether to make it final.
> Comments should be addressed to the Office of the Secretary,
> FTC, 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.
> A consent agreement is for settlement purposes only and does
> not constitute admission of a law violation. When the Commission
> issues a consent order on a final basis, it carries the force of
> law with respect to future actions. Each violation of such an
> order may result in a civil penalty of up to $10,000.
> Copies of the consent agreement, the complaint, and an
> analysis of the agreement are available from the FTC's Public
> Reference Branch, Room 130, 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
> Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-326-2222; TTY 202-326-2502.
> # # #
> MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Ticknor, Office of Public Affairs,
> STAFF CONTACT: Jeffrey Klurfeld, San Francisco Regional
> Office, 415-995-5220
> (FTC File No. 881 0081)
> How's this for a good reason not to discuss fees - Federal and State Law
> not allow it. Visit the Federal Trade Commission Web Site at WWW.FTC.gov
> Mark Oakford, P.E., oakfordm(--nospam--at)RSEC.com
> RSE Consulting, Federal Way, WA 98093-1417
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