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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News of Smith’s conflicts rekindles debate over his leadership

News that Andrew Smith, who heads the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, has conflicts of interest that prevent his participation in matters pertaining to 120 companies has...

Antitrust policy divide apparent in DC, beyond

When discussing the nuances of antitrust, it’s often a tale of two perspectives.

In tough call, FTC closes Massachusetts hospital merger probe

The Federal Trade Commission closed an investigation of a proposed deal combining healthcare providers in eastern Massachusetts — a decision that it said was “not an easy one” — on the same day the...

Money isn’t everything: Antitrust agency jobs offer chance for greater impact

Salary records for Department of Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons make one thing clear: they aren’t doing it for the money.

Merger ‘second requests’ down as 2018 wraps

As the year wraps up, FTCWatch counts seven pending big deals that have garnered “second requests” — five from the Federal Trade Commission and two from the Department of Justice. Our list last...

Ohlhausen drops judicial nomination to join Baker Botts

Maureen Ohlhausen, who served as acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission until earlier this year, will join Baker Botts as co-chair of the global antitrust practice starting next month.