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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Having her say: A sit-down with Julie Brill

Federal Trade Commission member Julie Brill was especially upbeat and relaxed when she sat down for an interview with FTC:WATCH on March 24. The ebullient commissioner had announced her resignation...

Smooth sailing with a few rough waves for three-member commission

Julie Brill’s departure from the Federal Trade Commission means that for the first time in more than 21 years, the agency will operate with just three commissioners. Back then, in 1994, the...

High court nominee Garland has record of siding with agencies

Many people who sit on the bench pay lip service to the importance of judicial modesty. US Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to the Supreme Court, practices...

Three regulators vie for top billing in the privacy space

In recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission, which has long seen itself as the premier privacy agency, has watched other regulators flex their muscles and increasingly claim some of that turf.

Senate panels to tackle Section 5 and merger reviews

The Federal Trade Commission’s policy statement on Section 5 of the FTC Act is getting its first check-up on Capitol Hill next Tuesday.­

Justice Department’s win in blocking a newspaper deal raises questions

The Justice Department’s recent victory in blocking Tribune Publishing’s acquisition of two Southern California newspapers has provoked some head scratching.