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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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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