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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North Carolina Dentists ruling opens legal frontiers

For competition advocates, the Supreme Court opinion in North Carolina Dentists was a welcome step toward bringing oversight to self-interested state regulatory boards. Still, the initial decision...

Battle over value of music rights moves to Hill

Changes are “inevitable” in the way music is licensed, Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, told FTC:WATCH shortly after presiding at his first hearing as chairman of the Judiciary Antitrust,...

FTC officials blister Obama Administration’s privacy bill

With controversial new privacy initiatives emerging from the White House and the European Union, a crowd of about 3,000 privacy experts recently flocked to Washington despite the recent wretched...

FTC challenge to Sysco reflects restaurant-industry concerns

As the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit challenging Sysco’s $3.5 billion acquisition of rival US Foods begins to move through the courts, restaurants and other institutional food buyers are...

The John Oliver effect

For consumer activists, industry lobbyists and lawyers protecting their clients, an HBO program that runs on Sunday nights is now mandatory viewing.

FTC at 100: The agency in recent times—to infinity and beyond!

Editor’s Note: The Federal Trade Commission is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year; the first official meeting of the commission was held on March 16, 1915. In this series of articles, we...