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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Split over Walgreens-Rite Aid deal shows FTC vacancy struggles

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Democrats, centrists, comedian push for tougher merger review

Antitrust law, often the policy equivalent of a wallflower, is now the belle of the political ball.

GOP takes aim at Democrats’ push for antitrust overhaul

It’s easy to dismiss Democrats’ sweeping proposals to overhaul the antitrust laws as a political gambit by a party eager to latch on to the populist wave, but top Republican antitrust watchdogs are...

FTC seen by some as lacking muscle to properly punish Equifax

You might think consumer activists would be cheered by the Federal Trade Commission’s rare acknowledgement of an ongoing investigation — as occurred recently when a spokesman confirmed the agency...

Lawmakers, ex-FTC officials clash over agency changes

The incessant debate over revamping some of the Federal Trade Commission’s powers and administrative procedures caused clashes along party lines as three former heads of the agency’s Bureau of...

Kids shouldn't be fair game for online celebrity pitches, critics say

Josh Golin couldn’t believe it when he read the Federal Trade Commission’s updated guidelines that answer questions about how online celebrities should disclose ties to products they tout on social...