Judicial, political threats loom over FTC

The Federal Trade Commission might lose more rulemaking power and some employees might experience less job security as the agency faces emerging threats.

Neill Averitt

The president can fire the FTC chair at will – how’s that for control?

Constitutional defenses based on the separation of powers have become something of an antitrust fad, but they aren’t necessarily a winner.

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Ramirez’s exit leaves two FTC commissioners, increasing possibility of stalemate

The decision of Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to leave the agency on Feb. 10 after leading it for nearly four years means that for the first time in the agency’s more than...

Big personnel and policy changes ahead at FTC

Look for some major changes at the Federal Trade Commission when President-elect Donald Trump puts his stamp on the agency with key appointments and congressional Republicans move to make changes...

As Trump administration settles in, look for state AGs to become more aggressive

There’s a growing expectation among consumer protection and antitrust practitioners that as the Trump administration settles in, state attorneys general will be gearing up to be even more...

FTC turns to courts as online lending probe intensifies

The Federal Trade Commission continues to take interest in tech companies that have sprung up on the margins of consumer lending, a recent court action against a California-based provider of online...

Ramirez boasts about FTC’s privacy record as experts discuss research, next steps

The Federal Trade Commission has taken strong action against companies that violate users’ privacy but outgoing Chairwoman Edith Ramirez is still worried.

‘Wherever you go, there you are’: Buckaroo Banzai 30 years later

One night when Terrell McSweeny was a kid, her babysitter brought over a Betamax cassette of an “unusual” movie starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow and Jeff Goldblum. In the years since, she has...