FTC to subpoena 44 companies’ kids-ad data

WASHINGTON —Quick-service chains that target children may come under unprecedented scrutiny this year by the Federal Trade Commission and Congress, which could act to regulate kids-marketing practices if FTC subpoenas for corporate documents uncover practices the regulators deem questionable.

The FTC’s possible findings also are seen as having the potential to inspire new rounds of liability lawsuits by consumers against food marketers. —Quick

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