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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Despite high court loss, FTC still has strong enforcement options

Although the Federal Trade Commission was deprived of some of its powers to obtain redress by the Supreme Court last year, companies with cases before the agency shouldn’t feel complacent.

Protecting privacy remains area of discord at FTC

The Federal Trade Commission is under pressure to be tougher in its privacy enforcement, but it’s struggling to find consensus, with commissioners disagreeing on the best path forward.

Get louder on privacy, Colorado AG Weiser tells FTC

The Colorado attorney general called on the Federal Trade Commission “to convene and elevate” conversations about managing privacy in partnership with US states.

In grocery industry, a battle is heating up

Independent grocers say they’re encountering more discriminatory terms and conditions because of consolidation throughout supply chains, so they’re turning to the Federal Trade Commission for relief.

Gun control groups push for crackdown on firearm ads

Illinois gun manufacturer WEE1 Tactical claims its AR-15 style rifle “looks, feels, and operates just like Mom and Dad’s gun.” In response, gun control advocates are pushing the Federal Trade...

Neil Averitt commentary: Antitrust agendas evoke caution, doubts

One unspoken question hung over this year’s American Bar Association’s Spring Meeting: What are the chances that the new agency managers will be able to achieve their goals and substantially change...

on the shelf

‘Seek and Hide’ offers riveting breakdown of privacy rights

Too many books on privacy are, to put it charitably, dull. They’re heavy on jargon and light on humor. That’s why a new book tracing the concept of privacy throughout American history is a pleasant surprise.