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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FTC consumer fraud case leads to Utah scandal

A Federal Trade Commission consumer protection investigation has indirectly led to what the Salt Lake Tribune is calling “the biggest corruption scandal in Utah history,” with two former attorneys...

ICANN under pressure from FTC, lawmakers

By next year the United States will likely lose much of its control over how the Internet is regulated, but the Federal Trade Commission and Congress are both still trying to influence the...

Apple’s conflict with court-appointed monitor stirs debate

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently rebuffed Apple's effort to boot a monitor appointed to oversee the firm’s antitrust compliance and training program, but Apple’s...

FTC’s first case against retail tracking firm draws criticism

When the Federal Trade Commission recently brought its first case against a retail tracking company for failing to keep its promise that it would provide an in-store mechanism to allow consumers to...

Congressional patent bills get mixed reviews

The Federal Trade Commission would have the power to seek civil penalties of up to $5 million against patent-assertion entities (PAEs) it deems abusive under legislation currently working its way...

FTC examines a new frontier: The ‘Sharing Economy’

The Federal Trade Commission’s June 9 workshop on the peer-to-peer economy has drawn a record number of comments from the public, appropriately enough, considering the magnitude of the economic...