Dispute over competition regulation seen as debate over democracy

The link between market competition and democracy is creating an intellectual tug-of-war between progressives and their conservative counterparts.

Neill Averitt

The great fashion-model conspiracy

The antitrust profession thinks of labor cases as a recent policy innovation. But on the important topic of wage collusion, they date back several decades, at least to the Federal Trade Commission’s memorable case against the great fashion-model conspiracy of 1993.

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Lawmakers raise an eyebrow at contact lens pricing

Politicians are often accused of lacking foresight.

Commissioner Wright presses for greater cost-benefit analysis

Commissioner Joshua D. Wright kicked off a recent conference on the FTC’s record on consumer protection issues by making the case for far more rigorous cost-benefit analysis before the agency...

Groups urge FTC to intervene in Google lawsuit

Five consumer privacy groups recently charged that the proposed $8.5 million class action settlement of a lawsuit charging that Google violated consumers’ privacy is “a farce,” and urged the...

Sen. Schumer calls for privacy protections for fitness devices

In the wake of rising concerns that personal fitness devices firms are selling the health information they gather from their customers to third parties, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has called...

FTC comments on White House big data study

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s consumer protection bureau, have weighed in on the White House’s big data study by underscoring the long-standing role the...

Sharp debate over what deters cartel activity

So just what is the optimal level of punishment to deter corporations and their executives from engaging in price-fixing, bid-rigging and other cartel activity?