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.

Neill Averitt

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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FTC finds novel ways to seek redress while waiting for lawmakers

A Supreme Court decision and indecision by Congress are spurring creativity at the Federal Trade Commission.

Commercial surveillance rule anticipated

A potentially years-long privacy rulemaking effort is set to get underway this year, but only about a dozen words of the Federal Trade Commission’s commercial surveillance rule are known.

Privacy Corner: Meet DuckDuckGo’s public policy manager, Katie McInnis

DuckDuckGo’s public policy manager wants the Federal Trade Commission to do more to curb dark patterns, those web elements that trick consumers into an online ecosystem that assails their privacy...

Protect children from ‘toxic’ online content, lawmakers tell FTC

The Federal Trade Commission isn’t doing enough to protect children from the excesses of algorithms and virtual reality. That’s the message coming from three senators and two House members who have...

As FTC reviews new horse racing rules, hurdles remain

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing three proposed rules concerning horse racing, an area of enforcement authority outside the agency’s traditional ambit of competition and consumer protection.

Neil Averitt commentary: The politics engulfing ads for treating Covid-19

Consumer advocates are pressing the regulatory agencies to wade into the highly politicized waters of Covid-19 policy and to ban ads for certain products and approaches as “misinformation.” So far,...

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Roosevelt memoir recounts antitrust work as part of broader legacy

Theodore Roosevelt was a great president who almost single-handedly broke up some of the biggest trusts. Just ask him. Since you can’t do that, you can do the next best thing, and read his 1913 autobiography.