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...

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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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Global convergence at ABA annual conference

It was another record gathering last week in Washington for the annual spring meeting of the American Bar Association antitrust and consumer protection section. More than 2,900 people attended the...

Consumer protection is all the rage

Move over, merger policy. Consumer protection is coming on strong at the FTC.

Antitrust Division promises continued aggressive enforcement

Top officials in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division put the large gathering at the ABA’s antitrust spring meeting on notice: government lawyers will put the pedal to the metal in their...

Airline merger continues to be contentious

The U.S. Airways merger with American Airlines, approved by the Justice Department in November, continues to draw very mixed reviews.

Commissioner Brill: data broker report won’t recommend rules

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill said she hopes the agency’s report on the data brokerage industry will be released soon but that when it does, it will not contain recommendations for proposed rules.

FTC files amicus brief on COPPA case

The FTC and the State of California recently both filed amicus briefs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in which they argued the lower court misconstrued a key federal law...