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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Is merger enforcement tough enough?

A path-breaking conference on merger retrospectives brought together scholars, antitrust lawyers and competition enforcement officials from around the world to George Washington Law School last...

Terrell McSweeny nomination wins plaudits

Though she is not well-known in the antitrust bar, Terrell McSweeny, President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacant seat on the five-member Federal Trade Commission, wins plenty of praise for her...

Seven appointees named to top FTC posts

As insiders who follow the FTC closely were eagerly awaiting Chairwoman Edith Ramirez’s selections to top posts at the agency, one veteran antitrust lawyer mused about how highly coveted these jobs...

FTC Chairwoman Ramirez calls for 6(b) study of patent trolls

In her first extended remarks about “patent assertion entities” – derisively referred to as patent trolls – FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently signaled that while she will not be reluctant to be...

What’s next for pay-for-delay after Supreme Court victory?

When the Supreme Court recently ruled that pay-for-delay agreements between brand and generic drug companies are subject to antitrust scrutiny, officials at the Federal Trade Commission had every...

Attorneys general urge action on mobile payment cramming

In a joint letter signed by 40 attorneys general, the state officials are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and take action against what they called the “massive problem” of...

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