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.

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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 seeks better competitive landscape for hearing aids

The Federal Trade Commission will explore ways to foster more competition in the hearing aid industry so prices go down and consumers have more choice, acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said at an...

Gridlock threatens FTC’s history of bipartisanship

An unusual situation has left the Federal Trade Commission with only two sitting members, one Republican and one Democrat — a circumstance that has already sidetracked the settlement of one piece...

Trump antitrust era expected to usher in big, small changes

Talk to experienced antitrust litigators and you’re likely to get at least two different views of what to expect from the top watchdogs in the Trump administration.

16 big mergers draw FTC, DOJ second requests

The current list of large, pending mergers that drew second requests for information from the US antitrust agencies is about as long as last June's was.

Book highlights life of intellectual polymath Posner

Most appeals court judges don’t have biographies written about them, but then few have had the impact on the law and public discourse Richard Posner has.

Economics of privacy study in FTC pipeline

Privacy advocates don’t always factor in economic concerns when pushing policy and enforcement changes. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission is conducting a study to determine the economic...

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Beer entrepreneur blasts Justice Department over industry consolidation

Less than a year after the Justice Department approved Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller, subject to various divestitures and requirements, a prominent beer entrepreneur has come out swinging against the government’s “slack” antitrust enforcement in the beer business.