Bedoya, focused and passionate, talks about putting consumers first

Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya just reached his six-month work anniversary. The former Senate staffer and Georgetown University professor arrived at a time of incredible activity at the FTC. It issued an advanced notice of proposed...

Neill Averitt

Some hits and a miss in Section 5 policy statement

The diplomat Talleyrand, who represented post-Napoleonic France at the make-or-break Congress of Vienna, cautioned his staff to move only in measured steps: “Above all,” he said, “no zeal.” This would have been equally good advice for the Federal Trade Commission’s policy statement on Section 5...

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Amid political gridlock, FTC prepares for shutdown; DOJ shuts some operations

The Federal Trade Commission, another victim of the political gridlock in Washington, has prepared to shut down the agency at midnight on Tuesday, October 1. The Justice Department’s antitrust...

Smooth sailing at hearing for FTC nominee McSweeny

By the conclusion of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s recent hearing on her nomination to be an FTC commissioner, Terrell McSweeny had reason to smile. She had succeeded...

FTC announces patent probe, but what took so long?

More than three months after FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said her agency should use its authority to study the costs and benefits of patent assertion entities – derisively called “patent trolls” –...

Commissioner Wright urges hands-off tack on standard-setting groups

Some commentators are pressing for the use of antitrust rules to shape the content of standard-setting organization agreements, but FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright is not among them. Commissioner...

FTC joins efforts to combat Obamacare fraud

The Federal Trade Commission is redoubling its efforts to prepare for a possible onslaught of scam artists when much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kicks in on October 1.

Government agencies circling the wagons over tribal lending

A fierce battle pitting Indian tribes intent on protecting their sovereignty and power to conduct online lending businesses against an aggressive New York prosecutor determined to shield his...