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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Report – not regulations – to follow workshop on Internet of Things

Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, kept the audience in suspense till the final reel: In her closing remarks at a recent day-long workshop on the Internet of Things,...

Bipartisan legislation to limit “patent troll” lawsuits is picking up steam

Bipartisan bills to curb litigation brought by so-called patent trolls continue to gain momentum despite the gridlock that has made Capitol Hill a graveyard for almost all proposed legislation.

FTC:WATCH Special Report: St. Luke’s trial could reshape health-care industry

EDITOR’S NOTE: A trial is underway in Boise, Idaho that could determine the future configuration of the health-care industry in the United States and mark the beginning of the end of the iconic...

Critics decry outcome of Hertz-Dollar Thrifty deal

In November of last year, then-FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch parted company with his fellow commissioners and opposed Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Dollar Thrifty...

WSJ columnist, conservatives blast FTC music-teacher probe

The FTC’s investigation of an organization of music teachers has struck a sour note.

Sen. Rockefeller seeking crackdown on military lending abuses

Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) is looking for some scalps.