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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Happy Days Are Here Again

Sober but cautiously optimistic, more than 2,600 lawyers and law-enforcement officers gathered in Washington from March 28 to March 30 for their annual Rites of Spring. It was a record level of...

DOJ antitrust chiefs strut their stuff

Justice Department officials were crowing as they ticked off their recent successes in a panel discussion on Wednesday morning attended by more than 100 lawyers. It’s been a “nice run of terrific...

New issues arising as new apps multiply

The exploding world of mobile technology is reshaping the online privacy landscape and highlighting the challenges of providing privacy to consumers who have no idea how much of their personal...

Former funnyman is serious about antitrust

Sen. Al Franken, a comedian-turned-statesman, created a stir at the annual awards dinner of the American Bar Association’s spring forum last week when he whipped out his cell phone and started...

Tim Muris questions FTC activism

Former Federal Trade Commission chairman Timothy Muris recently recalled that he was struck by something he saw while speaking at the first senior staff retreat of Jon Leibowitz, the current agency...

Lawyers flock to hear Indian and Chinese antitrust officials

The room was packed—almost every seat was taken-- as officials from the Competition Commission of India, China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) and China’s National Development...

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