LabMD litigation against FTC lingers

Although the Federal Trade Commission won its effort to quash a lawsuit over its probe of LabMD, the now-defunct medical laboratory is still trying to sue three agency employees.

Neill Averitt

The pushback on convenience, resort and junk fees

Unexpected, surreptitious fees in retail transactions — additions like “convenience fees” and “resort fees” — have proliferated wildly over the past 30 years. When they aren’t clearly disclosed at the start of a transaction, their omission can deceive consumers and distort the purchase decision....

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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.

On the Shelf: 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...

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.