Political gridlock could prevent FTC from getting disgorgement powers

Congressional backers of giving the Federal Trade Commission more powers to recover ill-gotten gains will need a host of skills. But the most important one may be ensuring they can count to 60.

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Protecting businesses from telemarketing scams

The Federal Trade Commission has long protected individual consumers from scams, but now it’s devoting more attention to scams that target businesses. This reflects a fundamental broadening of the agency’s sense of its mission.

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Goodbye deadlock: Khan becomes FTC chairwoman

If personnel drives policy, look for the Federal Trade Commission to wallop Big Tech with Lina Khan sworn in as the youngest-ever chairwoman.

House markup begins over antitrust measures

Now the antitrust action begins in earnest on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers continue to debate FTC’s restitution dilemma

It depends on what the meaning of fraud is. House Democrats have so far been unable to get Republican support for their measure to clarify the Federal Trade Commission’s power to recover ill-gotten...

On the Shelf: New book has mostly critical take on Bezos’ businesses

In many ways this is Jeff Bezos’ world, and we just live in it.

Democrats seek scrutiny of ticket marketplace

As infection rates from the Covid-19 pandemic drop where people are vaccinated, increased scheduling of live events adds urgency to congressional efforts to protect consumers in the live ticketing...

Foreign peeks into FTC to resume in 2022

Foreign officials will again get a firsthand look at Federal Trade Commission practices in 2022, if agency offices reopen by then.

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Neil Averitt commentary: Gallo Wine and the limits of deal structuring

The nation’s largest wine producers are shuffling their portfolios, concentrating their labels in one or another segment of the market. Take E. & J. Gallo, which just closed its $1 billion acquisition of mostly lower-cost wines from Constellation Brands. The deal, with the Federal Trade...