Back to the future: Is the FTC reliving its past?

When Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson invoked the phrase “national nanny” to describe the dangers of an overreaching agency, she was using words that have haunted the commission for more than 40 years.  


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Government probe of online platforms may be more bark than bite

The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are making headlines for investigating major online platforms, but a follow-through — pursuing actual challenges against the behemoth...

White House draft order on policing Internet content gets tepid reaction

Ensuring fairness or censuring speech. Those are key issues in a debate over the Trump administration’s discussions of empowering agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission and the...

Book delves into trustbusting era, offers modern-day lessons

It didn’t start with the Sherman Act. While much of the political and legal discussion of trustbusting uses the 1890 law as a starting point, Charles Postel contends more attention should be paid...

TINA.org leads charge against deceptive Instagram ads

The photo on the “healthy eats & treats” Instagram account shows a carefully arranged breakfast plate, the pancakes just-so drizzled. Click “like,” follow the account and follow pancake...

Final chapter closes in Commerce Planet-FTC saga

After 10 years of legal action, the Federal Trade Commission is wrapping up legal action against a California Internet firm called Commerce Planet and is refunding $748,070 to consumers.

Neil Averitt commentary: Let’s raise a toast to Dr. Henry D. Cogswell

During these dog days of summer let us pause to remember Dr. Henry D. Cogswell, who brought the oddest and ugliest public monument to the streets of Washington, and in the process left a lasting...

US Senate monopoly bill looks to take page out of Europe's book

StarKist could get ‘safety valve’ to lower price-fixing fine, judge says

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