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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Lawmakers come to FTC’s aid as obstacles mount

The Build Back Better legislation, which contains millions of dollars and grants additional powers for the Federal Trade Commission, is likely to perish. But several lawmakers are helping the...

Beer report misses mark, wholesalers say

A federal report on US alcohol markets is incomplete without showing the vitality of the American beer industry, according to beer wholesalers.

Real estate rulemaking on hold

The Federal Trade Commission has signaled real estate will continue to be an antitrust hotspot this year, but agency action will probably wait until there’s a full complement of commissioners.

FTC guides could undergo makeover

The Federal Trade Commission is set to review its guides on environmental marketing, deceptive pricing, and the use of the word “free” in ad claims. As the agency focuses on ensuring theory and...

Crypto payments top list of losses in romance scams

Lonely hearts searching for love should look out for online suitors seeking money for crypto investment opportunities. Cryptocurrencies have become the most lucrative vehicle for fraud for romance...

Neil Averitt commentary: FTC may take simple approach with Amazon

The Federal Trade Commission’s case against Amazon is the dog that didn’t bark in the night, the complaint that still hasn’t been filed.

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How citizen activists sparked change at FTC, other agencies

Liberal activists are pushing hard for establishment Democrats to be more aggressive in helping consumers and less friendly toward business. This description of the neo-Brandeisian movement, more derisively coined hipster antitrust, also reveals how the public interest legal movement took shape...