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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Dispute over competition regulation seen as debate over democracy

The link between market competition and democracy is creating an intellectual tug-of-war between progressives and their conservative counterparts.

Hatch had large influence on antitrust during Senate career

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who once likened liberal antitrust reforms to avocado toast, was a proponent of tough enforcement and backed up his words with legislative deeds.

For-profit colleges can’t escape FTC scrutiny

While the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t have jurisdiction over non-profit colleges, it’s again showing its willingness to fight bad actors in the for-profit realm.

Bolster children’s online privacy rights, London group urges FTC

A UK law could be a resource and inspiration for guidelines directed at children’s online privacy, according to 5Rights. The London-based nonprofit is trying to stir up support at the Federal Trade...

T-Mobile, CafePress feel sting of consumer data leaks on Dark Web

Legal woes for T-Mobile and CafePress highlight the crisis of consumer data leaks on the Dark Web. After recent hacks, the companies were accused of lying about their data protection measures.

Neil Averitt commentary: The great fashion-model conspiracy

The antitrust profession thinks of labor cases as a recent policy innovation. But on the important topic of wage collusion, they date back several decades, at least to the Federal Trade...

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The rise of antitrust enforcement and the administrative state

It didn’t start with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. While the New Deal gets much of the credit and blame for the rise of the administrative state, much of the groundwork was laid in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.