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Will the Chairwoman make her mark? Lots of vacancies in key positions at FTC headquarters

Even as hotel rooms fill up along the beach, there is one spot not too far from the Atlantic shore where there are plenty of vacancies. The Federal Trade Commission is looking to fill a bunch of spacious rooms in its headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue as many of the agency’s top slots are currently occupied by folks serving in “acting” capacities.

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Justice and Apple duke it out over e-book sales

Next week, as Apple begins its defense in a New York courtroom against Justice Department charges that it conspired with five of the six largest U.S. book publishers to jack up the prices of...

Justice Department has gotten bad reviews from book enthusiasts

Last year the department solicited public comment on its decision to sue Apple, Inc., and five major book publishers for allegedly conspiring to boost the prices of e-books. Apple and the...

Former state AGs staffers describe life on other side of the table

A packed meeting room at the Westin Georgetown Hotel, filled with about 60 senior staffers from attorneys general offices and state consumer protection offices in 46 states – and an equal number of...

Phoebe Putney still pressing forward on merger

Richard Feinstein, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, was pleased by the news that a federal district court had issued a temporary restraining order to stop a hospital merger that the FTC...

Ohlhausen cool to new privacy legislation, hot on false advertising

All eyes are riveted on FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen, who is emerging as the potential swing vote in the two-to-two party split at the agency. The two Democrats, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez...

Neil Averitt retires from FTC, joins FTC:WATCH as expert commentator and columnist

Veteran FTC attorney Neil Warner Averitt will be joining Washington Watch – the publisher of FTC:WATCH and CFPB:WATCH – as a commentator and columnist on antitrust and consumer protection policy...

FTC Okays Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s refinery business

FTC files suit to block Pinnacle acquisition of Ameristar