Manufactured Housing Pros, Affordable Housing Advocate Alert – FTC Statement – Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Efforts, Interagency Priorities Spotlight by Skadden Law; plus MHMarket Updates


In a media release via JD Supra and their own website, the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP law firm (Skadden) released the following statement. Skadden’s statement sheds significant light on what that firm, which includes antitrust or anti-monopoly as an area of legal expertise, sees as important signals from a recent FTC Policy Statement on Criminal Antitrust Enforcement efforts. Per Skadden, among the features of the recent FTC statement is its reinforcement of interagency priorities.  MHProNews has obtained the original FTC document that Skadden’s media release refers to, which is linked within their release and following it as well. This could have significance to manufactured housing advocates and professionals on several levels, thus this report, analysis and commentary in brief.

To tee up the concern, several sources inside and outside of manufactured housing have alleged antitrust and/or other federal laws have been and are being violated in the manufactured housing industry. According to the Cornell University Legal Information Institute (LII) “15 U.S. Code § 1 – Trusts, etc., in restraint of trade illegal; penalty” includes stiff prison and fines among its penalties for restraint of trade, which is covered by the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Per Cornell’s LLI “Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. Every person who shall make any contract or engage in any combination or conspiracy hereby declared to be illegal shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.” Such penalties shed light on why it is unlikely that those participating in such an effort will voluntarily acquiesce or cooperate in media inquiries from MHProNews and/or MHLivingNews on matters that even the Securities and Exchange (SEC) recent legal pleadings suggests are market manipulations that could be violations of the Sherman Act.

With that background, here is the Skadden release, which will be followed by more linked and related information, an MHProNews analysis and commentary in brief, and then our business-daily markets and manufactured housing industry connected equities report. NOTE. A manufactured housing industry exclusive insight follows the Skadden press release.


FTC Policy Statement Outlines Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Efforts, Reinforces Interagency Priorities

SkaddenLogoQuoteMarkOn November 18, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 4-0 to adopt a new policy statement outlining the commission’s plans to expand its criminal referral program in an effort to prevent and deter corporate crime stemming from consumer protection and criminal antitrust misconduct. The statement reaffirms the FTC’s commitment to referring criminal conduct uncovered during its investigations to the appropriate authorities, but ultimately does not contain any major initiatives beyond increasing cross-agency collaboration and transparency regarding the FTC’s criminal referral efforts.

A referral for criminal fraud can arise from the same conduct the FTC investigates under its civil consumer protection authority, or for conduct ancillary to an investigation, such as a referral for prosecution of false statements or of unrelated criminal activity uncovered in a conduct or merger investigation. The FTC’s statement highlights its efforts in investigating consumer protection misconduct and references recent antitrust successes generated by its criminal referral program, and then sets forth four actions the commission is taking to further improve the criminal referral program going forward. First, the FTC plans to continue supporting cross-agency efforts and enhancing “best efforts” to ensure that criminal law violations uncovered by the FTC are promptly referred to the appropriate criminal authorities. Second, the FTC will host regular meetings with criminal authorities around the U.S. to advance collaboration and identify additional “best practices” to further execute such collaboration. Third, the FTC will offer trainings for law enforcement officials on how to use its Consumer Sentinel database, which aggregates millions of consumer complaints about potential violations of law from more than 45 different platforms, including but not limited to the FTC’s own online reporting tool, other federal agencies and 25 state databases. Finally, and most importantly, the FTC explained that it would resume disclosing its criminal referral efforts by releasing regular public reports detailing, among other things, the number of referrals made, the nature of the alleged misconduct and, when possible, specifics regarding any criminal enforcement actions that result from the commission’s activities.

FTC Chair’s Statement Identifies Specific Criminal Enforcement Priorities

Taken together, the new initiatives announced in the policy statement do not signify a major shift in the FTC’s criminal referral efforts, but FTC Chair Lina Khan, in a statement on the issuance of the new policy statement, outlined three specific issues she plans to pursue in connection with the commission’s efforts. First, she intends to focus on coordination with criminal authorities in connection with wrongdoing by major corporations in light of (i) research indicating that larger firms are more likely to be repeat offenders and (ii) the fact that crimes by larger companies are more likely to cause greater harm given their larger size.

Second, Chair Khan questioned the deterrence effect of only pursuing penalties against corporations involved in misconduct, citing research that suggests that (i) corporations treat seemingly high financial penalties as a cost of doing business, and (ii) the stock prices of defendant corporations generally rise in response to public disclosure of a fine. She suggested that authorities’ pursuit of individual prosecutions of leading executives involved in corporate misconduct would be critical.

Finally, Chair Khan emphasized the importance of the commission referring all evidence of criminal activity identified during and FTC investigation, including situations where corporations misrepresent or conceal material information from FTC staff, which, as Chair Khan noted, had recently resulted in criminal indictments in at least two instances. Although the FTC policy statement itself did not announce any major policy shifts, Chair Khan’s statement suggests that, under her leadership, the commission will not only prioritize criminal referrals, but also reevaluate how to most effectively deter future corporate crime.


While FTC and the Department of Justice have different capabilities to investigate corporate crime, recent statements by their leadership make clear that both agencies will continue to prioritize corporate criminal enforcement and reassess how to prevent recidivism and promote deterrence most effectively. Given these recent statements, we expect both agencies to focus on identifying potential criminal misconduct during corporate antitrust investigations over the coming months, even when the investigations initially relate to potential civil misconduct. ##

The Skadden press release was dated 12.3.2021.
The FTC policy statement is linked here.


Note that FTC Commissioner Khan said with their new policy, they are “adopt[ing] a Commission statement that would redouble our commitment to making criminal referrals whenever we identify criminal antitrust or consumer protection violations.”


Additional Information, More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary in Brief

As a teaser for now, MHProNews has learned from two sources deemed reliable that a meeting of federal antitrust officials has taken place that specifically involved manufactured housing.

So, this is no longer in the merely hypothetical realm. When and what action, if any, by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and/or one or more state attorneys general is unknown at this time. But those antitrust discussions involving manufactured housing specific matters has occurred at the state and federal levels is now a given.

Additionally, while the specific plan of action is not known, a nonprofit legal group is also making inquiries into manufactured housing. As the profile of such inquiries become more public, the likelihood that something occurs has increased.

When respectable third-party researchers, as well as voices from inside manufactured housing have raised such issues, it sheds light on why Berkshire Hathaway brands, other larger MHI members, and MHI itself has taken a proverbial ‘blind eye’ approach epitomized by the three monkeys that Oxford References says “are identified with a proverbial saying, ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’, first recorded in 1926 and now generally used sarcastically against those who, through selfishness or cowardice, choose to ignore some wrongdoing.”

The FTC statement referenced by Skadden says in part the following.

The Federal Trade Commission, an agency with solely civil enforcement authority, is committed to building upon the successful work of our partnerships with federal, state, and local criminal law enforcement to continue deterring harmful criminal acts and practices. Criminal conduct can arise in a variety of investigations across both our consumer protection and competition missions. Consumer protection frauds and scams are one type of illegal conduct in which the American public suffers hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, warranting both civil and criminal enforcement efforts. Criminal antitrust violations, such as price-fixing, bid rigging, market allocation agreements, and other related criminal conduct can also inflict serious harm to competition in all markets.”

As MHProNews has previously reported, the Biden White House has made significant statements last summer about antitrust activity plans. While it is certainly open to question if Biden is merely posturing, there are some such as antitrust focused Goliath author Matt Stoller who believes that Lena Khan, who heads up the FTC, is serious. Time will tell. Either way, such actions do not normally proceed quickly.


MHI has been ducking accountability for years, as these documented examples reflect.


Next up is our business daily recap of yesterday evening’s market report, related left-right headlines, and manufactured housing connected equities.

The Business Daily Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Market Updates.  Plus, Market Moving Left (CNN) – Right (Newsmax) Headlines Snapshot. While the layout of this daily business report has been evolving over time, several elements of the basic concepts used previously are still the same. For instance. The headlines that follow below can be reviewed at a glance to save time while providing insights across the left-right media divide. Additionally, those headlines often provide clues as to possible ‘market-moving’ news items.


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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 12.13.2021

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Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax – evening of 12.13.2021

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  • Garbarino: Hochul, de Blasio Using Mandates as Power Play | video
  • Don Jr.: Want US to Succeed, Even Under Biden | video
  • Zeldin: NY Dems’ Mandate Push Rooted in Politics | video
  • Perry: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Hurts Military | video
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  • Trump: Biden Broke Our Now ‘Very Dejected’ Troops’ Spirit
  • Mike Huckabee Hosts Christmas Special Featuring Trump
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  • Newsfront
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                            • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
                            • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
                            • NOTE: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of  the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.
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