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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FTC’s decision on Google case could set off political fireworks

The Federal Trade Commission’s looming decision about whether to proceed with an antitrust case against Google is fraught with political land mines. As news reports suggest that a decision by the...

Secular, celestial worlds combine in hospital merger debate

A pending merger between the only two hospitals in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has stirred challenges in both the secular and divine realms. Although their vantage points differ, the FTC and the Vatican...

Privacy advocates blast proposed changes in Facebook’s policies

Facebook’s recent announcement that it is proposing changes to its policies involving data collection and user rights provoked a quick response from privacy advocates who see the moves as eroding...

FTC:WATCH Special Report: UBS trial, Part IV: JP Morgan conspirator testifies

Taking money from U.S. taxpayers was a common practice at major investment banks, including Swiss-owned bank UBS, according to an FTC:WATCH analysis of testimony in the month-long trial of three of...

New multistate antitrust chair to speak at AAI event

California antitrust chief Kathleen Foote has taken a big step onto the national antitrust stage. She agreed to chair the multistate antitrust task force arm of the National Association of...

Data brokers getting heightened scrutiny

The scandal that ended General Petraeus’s career, and the ease with which his email traffic was accessed, has heightened public awareness of the limitations of internet privacy in a wired world.