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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ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting draws a record crowd

The American Bar Association’s Antitrust Spring Meeting drew another record crowd this year. Total attendance was 2,780, up 7 percent from last year, which was also a record.

Debating the role of politics in shaping antitrust decisions

In one of the more popular sessions at the ABA’s Spring Meeting (judging by attendance), a panel of antitrust heavyweights gathered in the grand ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel for a discussion...

Section 5 rising to the surface again

One of the hot topics that reverberated in several sessions of the ABA Spring Meeting involved the FTC’s use of Section 5 – an issue that might just become a big challenge for the agency because of...

Hospital exec’s reaction raises eyebrows at FTC

It’s normal for a company being sued by the government or its rivals to be annoyed and respond forcefully to the charges. It’s something else to be so defiant that your actions are tantamount to...

Attorneys general meet to confer on privacy, data security

The FTC is getting some competition in the privacy area, not just from the hyper-vigilant European Union, whose history makes them particularly sensitive to the ways information can be misused, but...

ABA Experts offer primer on privacy policies

Assess risks regularly and rigorously, make your privacy training easy and sweat the small stuff.