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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Former FTC official coming back as a senator from Texas

A familiar figure at the FTC is returning to Washington, this time as a freshman senator, and people in the antitrust world are wondering what role he will play in this return engagement.

FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen speaks on net neutrality

Maureen Ohlhausen, the newest FTC Commissioner, took the plunge and delivered her first major policy speech on October 26, giving her views on the best principles for regulating the Internet, and,...

Rep. Mary Bono Mack’s defeat clouds privacy debate

The unexpected defeat of California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack, chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, and one of her party’s leaders on privacy and...

FTC:WATCH Special Report: UBS trial, Part III: Decapitated cats and colostomy bags

Taking money from U.S. taxpayers was standard operating procedure at many banks, including Swiss-owned bank UBS, according to a serialized FTC:WATCH analysis of testimony in the month-long trial of...

Commissioner Rosch provides insights on state-action litigation

The FTC has two antitrust cases in front of the appellate courts – North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners and Phoebe Putney – each of them raising fundamental issues under the state action...

Disney, Lucasfilm merger would corral action figures under one roof

If and when the Walt Disney Company completes the acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd, announced October 30th, a single entertainment company will house a juggernaut of legendary film characters. The...

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