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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Retailers, bankers at war while Congress considers data breaches

It was striking when, at a hearing earlier this month, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) was almost reduced to pleading with various industry representatives to work together in devising a solution to the...

Commissioners hand FTC staff its first defeat in 19 years

The FTC’s recent decision upholding just one of seven counts against McWane Inc., for unlawfully maintaining its monopoly in the domestic iron pipe fittings market, is as significant for what it...

Section 5 front and center at GMU conference

A snowstorm shut down Washington on February 13, but the weather was not enough to stop the George Mason University School of Law from proceeding with its symposium on the Federal Trade...

FTC evaluates competition in biologic medicines

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez kicked off a recent agency workshop by talking about the life-saving properties of biologic medicines in providing therapies for difficult to treat diseases, ranging...

FTC:WATCH SPECIAL REPORT: Idaho hospital dispute

Editor’s note: In late January, Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered St. Luke’s Health System, based in Boise, Idaho, to divest its ownership of a private physician practice, Saltzer Medical Group,...

Google settles antitrust case with European Commission

After an antitrust investigation that lasted more than three years, European Commission regulators struck a tentative settlement with Google. In reaching this deal on February 5 – it is still...