GOP lawmakers push back on FTC bid for more money

Federal Trade Commission officials took their plea for more money into the congressional lion’s den, and Republican lawmakers seemed reluctant to open Congress’ wallet.

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What’s the FTC’s ‘Plan B’ on noncompete clauses?

Let us now engage in contingency planning. The Federal Trade Commission’s noncompete rule is likely to be permanently barred by a district court before the end of the summer. Yet the issue of noncompetes remains important to the agency’s leadership. So what alternative paths can we expect them to...

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AI influencers, avatars in kid ads pose risks, FTC lawyer warns

Advertisers using animated characters to sell food and toys to children is nothing new. But as more companies roll out animated characters and influencers powered by AI, the Federal Trade...

Privacy Corner: Mozilla’s Tiwari enjoys unsettled landscape of tech policy

Tech policy was unfolding as Udbhav Tiwari, Mozilla’s director of Global Product Policy, was studying law. He was drawn into his public policy career because he wanted to meet potential problems...

Despite differences, Holyoak says there’s comity at the FTC

Although she’s outnumbered ideologically, Federal Trade Commission member Melissa Holyoak said she doesn’t feel sidelined or that the Democratic majority withholds information from her.

PBMs’ incentives to engage in exclusionary rebates warrant more scrutiny, FTC says

Concentration among pharmacy benefit managers is increasing, with vertical integration having raised various competitive concerns in the drug supply chain in the US as well as financial conflicts...

Beware of warranty rule violations, FTC tells air purifier sellers, others

The Federal Trade Commission is advising eight companies to change the language of their warranties because they’re preventing consumers from exercising their rights to get certain products repaired.

Tempur Sealy-Mattress Firm challenge by FTC revives customer-foreclosure theory of harm

Tempur Sealy, a worldwide mattress supplier, and US acquisition target Mattress Firm are fighting a merger challenge by the Federal Trade Commission that revives a foreclosure theory of harm that...

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A conservative’s defense of free speech

The debate over the limits of free speech has always been robust but intensified with the rise of Internet use and the country’s increased polarization.