LabMD litigation against FTC lingers

Although the Federal Trade Commission won its effort to quash a lawsuit over its probe of LabMD, the now-defunct medical laboratory is still trying to sue three agency employees.

Neill Averitt

The pushback on convenience, resort and junk fees

Unexpected, surreptitious fees in retail transactions — additions like “convenience fees” and “resort fees” — have proliferated wildly over the past 30 years. When they aren’t clearly disclosed at the start of a transaction, their omission can deceive consumers and distort the purchase decision....

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Panelists at FTC hearings bashed for failing to disclose prior cases, clients

The Federal Trade Commission’s sweeping hearings on 21st century issues in antitrust and consumer protection continue to win plaudits from lawyers and academics, but some critics think the agency...

Slaughter says Dems can effect change at FTC; Simons willing to listen

Commissioners at the Federal Trade Commission often vote in step with members of their own party, especially when they’re in the minority.

AT&T-Time Warner documents show Delrahim took case personally sometimes

Insights into Makan Delrahim’s oversight of the government’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner — including his interpretation of key facts and critical conversations with...

Chopra wants tougher ‘consequences’ for tech giants, others over misconduct

Rohit Chopra has staked out an aggressive position on the five-member Federal Trade Commission, questioning a system where first-time violators of the FTC Act’s prohibitions against deceptive...

CVS-Aetna nod proves DOJ gun-shy on vertical deals, critics charge

When the Justice Department approved the merger of CVS Health and Aetna — subject to a divestiture — critics blasted the government’s action as paving the way for higher costs to consumers.

Antitrust enforcers get more firepower to take on pay-for-delay deals

Antitrust enforcers will have another weapon in their arsenal when going after drugmakers for anticompetitive practices because of a measure signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month.