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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Representative Tom Marino talks antitrust policy, oversight

During his 18 months as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, Representative Tom Marino has been active in examining healthcare mergers...

LabMD owner blasts FTC for extending ruling on data breach case

It took just a matter of minutes for Michael J. Daugherty, the CEO of LabMD, to fire off a withering e-mail over an order by the three members of the Federal Trade Commission that gives them until...

Senate negotiators making progress on House-passed privacy measure

This week’s defeat of an amendment giving more surveillance powers to the FBI removes a key obstacle that had been preventing further consideration of a measure to update a 30-year-old electronic...

Antitrust lawyers puzzled over FTC’s losses in two hospital merger challenges

Antitrust lawyers are scratching their heads over a decision by an Illinois federal judge that found the Federal Trade Commission’s approach to defining geographic markets “flawed” in its effort to...

Game still on: Amazon and FTC at odds over kids in-app settlement

In the wake of a 2014 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that required Apple to refund at least $32.5 million for in-app purchases made by children, CEO Tim Cook fumed to his workforce in...

Critics aren’t appeased by Baer’s defense for clearing American Airlines-US Airways merger

When Bill Baer recently spoke about his tenure atop the Justice Department’s antitrust division, he defended the government’s much-criticized decision to allow the merger between American Airlines...