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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Protecting online privacy: FTC’s draft proposals now appearing in settlement orders

Two recent consent orders in Section 5 enforcement cases with Google Inc. and Chitika, Inc. and comments from top FTC officials indicate that the agency wants businesses to implement the...

Major cell phone carriers to merge

AT&T has announced an agreement to purchase T-Mobile USA, a deal valued at close to $39 billion.

Commissioner Brill’s perspective on the agency

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill explained how her background influences her approach to consumer protection and antitrust enforcement and offered advice to parties who appear before the agency.

FTC’s report to Congress: Fair Debt Collection in 2010

Over 140,000 consumers contacted the FTC to complain about debt collectors in 2010, comprising 27 percent of all complaints to the agency last year.

States settle with drug company: $68.5 million judgment

Thirty-eight state attorneys general have settled with the maker of an anti-psychotic drug, resolving charges of misleading marketing for the medication.

FTC to Miss. legislators: Don’t pass that bill

Mississippi lawmakers should reconsider language in a proposed Bill that could raise drug prices for consumers, the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning and Bureaus of Competition and Economics have...

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