From journalism to baseball, lawmakers take up antitrust exemptions

Media companies and their congressional allies have escalated efforts to obtain an exemption to antitrust laws to counter the alleged unfair practices by Big Tech companies. The legislative fight is shining light on the broader issue of antitrust...

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FleetCor case maps out new routes for consumer protection

We have seen what lies ahead for consumer protection, and it looks a great deal like the FleetCor case.

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Fate of big media mergers in 2018 remains uncertain

Whether buoyed by the notion that a Trump antitrust regime would take a hands-off approach, new telecom rules encouraging consolidation or huge payouts available to CEOs, 2017 became the year of...

Consumer advocates aren’t counting on FTC in likely CFPB fallout

Consumer advocates are scrambling to deal with the fallout from what they anticipate will be moves by the Trump administration to eviscerate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But they...

My Friend Cayla, other must-have toys come with privacy warning

Connected toys may seem like the perfect gift for kids this holiday season, and there's no question they’re popular.

DOJ official’s vow to speed merger reviews met with skepticism

When Donald Kempf made the pitch that the Justice Department is determined to reverse the trend in which merger reviews take longer and longer, his comments were met with skepticism.

Deals with second requests slightly down

As the year wraps up, FTC:WATCH counts 13 pending big deals that have garnered second requests for more information — eight from the Federal Trade Commission and five from the Department of...

Consumer initiatives kick off 2018, FTC says

Although the Federal Trade Commission’s top officials have acting in their titles, they aren’t letting that stand in the way of formulating an array of plans for next year.