LabMD litigation against FTC lingers

Although the Federal Trade Commission won its effort to quash a lawsuit over its probe of LabMD, the now-defunct medical laboratory is still trying to sue three agency employees.

Neill Averitt

The pushback on convenience, resort and junk fees

Unexpected, surreptitious fees in retail transactions — additions like “convenience fees” and “resort fees” — have proliferated wildly over the past 30 years. When they aren’t clearly disclosed at the start of a transaction, their omission can deceive consumers and distort the purchase decision....

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Taking stock of President Carter’s robust antitrust record

As president, Jimmy Carter made great strides in improving competition through his antitrust policies and by widespread industry deregulation. The 98-year-old recently announced he was entering...

‘Significant strain’ prevents FTC’s electric industry study

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan said the agency may be too strapped to conduct a study of the electric industry sought by several members of Congress and a coalition of advocacy groups.

Women fraud investigators say gender matters

Certified fraud examiners attending a women’s summit agreed gender affects investigative interviews.

Privacy Corner: Schick speaks on AI’s evolution, the risks and rewards

Nina Schick is spreading the gospel of generative AI.

Khan says FTC complies with West Virginia v. EPA ruling

Chair Lina Khan said the Federal Trade Commission has been “mindful” in complying with the West Virginia v. EPA ruling after House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan requested documents about the agency’s...

Amid new details of Twitter privacy probe, FTC again in partisan cauldron

Less than a year after Twitter agreed to pay $150 million to settle privacy claims by the Federal Trade Commission, the agency is locked in another intensive privacy probe, with a dozen “demand”...

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Analyzing the growing clout of consultants

The Federal Trade Commission’s use of consultants has been the subject of congressional scrutiny and is part of a broader trend. As people call for governments to do “more with less,” consultants are brought on to fill in the gaps, with varied results.