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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New settlements illuminate vast extent of municipal bid-rigging

The Justice Department’s two most recent municipal-bond plea agreements are highlighting widespread corruption by Wall Street firms that improperly profited off municipal bonds intended to finance...

Another record fine on price-fixing

The Justice Department’s antitrust division just racked up another half a billion dollars in fines—and more such settlements appear to be on the way, as a result of what Justice Department official...

Global warming for Cordray

Despite plenty of threatening Republican rhetoric over Richard Cordray’s recess appointment to the directorship of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he has been getting a generally...

MOU: More than meets the eye

The Memorandum of Understanding signed Jan. 20 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission requires the two agencies to play nicely in the same sandbox. But will it...

Win-loss for the FTC in Graco decision

It appears that the Federal Trade Commission lost the battle but won the war in D.C. federal court over the agency’s bid to retain jurisdiction in the District of Columbia over Minneapolis-based...

FTC drops further action on Lundbeck

The Federal Trade Commission decided in a split three-to-one vote not to seek cert before the Supreme Court on the controversial Minnesota ruling that drew widespread groans at the time it was issued.

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