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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Shocking testimony stuns courtroom in LabMD case

The stunning testimony of a key witness that the Federal Trade Commission had relied on manufactured evidence to build the agency’s case that LabMD had failed to adequately protect consumers’...

Sharp split arising over competing data breach bills

The battle over data breach legislation has intensified since Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a measure that was quickly embraced by many consumer advocacy groups, while businesses generally are...

Uber, AirBnB coming under scrutiny at the FTC

Comments are flooding into the Federal Trade Commission in advance of its planned June 9 workshop on what is being called the peer-to-peer economy, where people transport commercial passengers in...

FTC is out; CFPB, FCC team up on mobile ‘cramming’

A bevy of regulators including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Communications Commission and several state attorneys general reached a $158 million settlement with mobile...

Legal foes seeking $18 million over failed hospital merger

The cost is mounting, to the tune of at least $18 million, for what appears to have been a failed effort by an Idaho hospital to buy a physician practice in the state.

Surge of mergers straining regulatory capacity

With a continuing rush of mergers expected, the capacity of the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice is already strained.