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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FTC cracks down on false 'biodegradable' product claims

In a far-reaching decision, the Federal Trade Commission recently sent a message to companies that promote their plastic products as biodegradable: Don’t do it without scientific evidence to show...

Regulating data security remains a balancing act for commissioners

The Federal Trade Commission’s approach to regulating how companies protect data remains a work in progress and can be hard to figure out.

FTC to study e-cigarettes with eye toward regulation

The Federal Trade Commission was aggressive on regulating cigarette advertising and may be preparing to follow suit on electronic cigarettes. The agency is making plans for extensive study of the...

Shimkus, Walden vying for Commerce panel head

The current Congress isn't even half over but there's one thing that's fairly certain about the next one, there will be a new chairman of the House committee that oversees the Federal Trade...

FTC sharply criticizes draft proposal on auto privacy and security

As lawmakers debate ways both to protect cars that use increasingly sophisticated data-collection technology from hackers and to boost privacy protections in the vehicles, the Federal Trade...

Ohlhausen to women lawyers: 'Don't hide your light under a bushel'

On a recent rainy October afternoon, Maureen Ohlhausen sat in the seventh-floor conference room of a downtown office building, surrounded by roughly two dozen women lawyers eating boxed lunches.