Bedoya, focused and passionate, talks about putting consumers first

Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya just reached his six-month work anniversary. The former Senate staffer and Georgetown University professor arrived at a time of incredible activity at the FTC. It issued an advanced notice of proposed...

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Some hits and a miss in Section 5 policy statement

The diplomat Talleyrand, who represented post-Napoleonic France at the make-or-break Congress of Vienna, cautioned his staff to move only in measured steps: “Above all,” he said, “no zeal.” This would have been equally good advice for the Federal Trade Commission’s policy statement on Section 5...

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Tough road ahead for antitrust bills

With lawmakers off to a slow start on dealing with antitrust legislation, the rest of the year is filled with uncertainty.

Slaughter voices concerns about impact of systemic bias on divestitures

A Democratic Federal Trade Commission member expressed concern about the ways that systemic bias can affect the agency’s divestiture process, and said the agency must make clear that minority-owned...

In class action targeting elite schools, antitrust carveout faces threat

A class action could imperil the antitrust exemption of some colleges and universities and cost them millions of dollars.

On the Shelf: Kwoka offers possible glimpse of FTC merger actions

John Kwoka is about to live out every academic’s fantasy. The prolific scholar who has long advocated for tougher antitrust enforcement has been hired as the economics adviser to Federal Trade...

Ex-FTC lawyer wants makeover of Facebook customer service

Social media companies’ inscrutable customer service would get a makeover under a petition by a retired Federal Trade Commission attorney.

Cruise line settlement paints picture of robocall recidivism

A group of cruise line telemarketers who used illegal robocalls to generate business are facing hefty fines and court injunctions. The defendants include firms that are brazen repeat offenders,...