Bedoya, focused and passionate, talks about putting consumers first

Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya just reached his six-month work anniversary. The former Senate staffer and Georgetown University professor arrived at a time of incredible activity at the FTC. It issued an advanced notice of proposed...

Neill Averitt

Some hits and a miss in Section 5 policy statement

The diplomat Talleyrand, who represented post-Napoleonic France at the make-or-break Congress of Vienna, cautioned his staff to move only in measured steps: “Above all,” he said, “no zeal.” This would have been equally good advice for the Federal Trade Commission’s policy statement on Section 5...

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FTC failed to enforce Facebook consent decree, critics charge amid firestorm

Top Federal Trade Commission officials boasted of their tough consent decree in 2011 that required Facebook to keep its promise to protect users’ information, but critics charge the agency failed...

McSweeny takes on DOJ’s Delrahim over patent hold-up

As she closes in on her final weeks as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, Terrell McSweeny apparently has decided to go out with a bang.

Declining budgets' effect on antitrust enforcement debated

A recently published analysis of yearly Hart-Scott-Rodino reports from 2010 through 2016 shows that while the US is experiencing a “merger wave,” enforcement has been stagnant, and funding for the...

Trump picks Slaughter for last FTC slot

President Donald Trump named the last of his appointees to the Federal Trade Commission when he picked Rebecca Slaughter, the chief counsel to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, for the...

Melding antitrust law, evangelical views

A merger that results in higher prices is not just harmful to consumers, it violates the Bible’s admonition against stealing. And stealing interferes with someone’s ability to use their property to...

Hacked much? Stop using ‘123456’ and other weak passwords, agencies warn

In an era of pervasive cybersecurity hacks, it would seem safe to assume that most people know to avoid using easy-to-guess, insecure passwords. That would be an incorrect assumption.