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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Government shutdown saps antitrust agencies

The Federal Trade Commission’s Facebook investigation is on hold, its antitrust trial against Qualcomm is continuing and most of its employees are furloughed.

Speculation ramps up about FTC’s likely penalties for Facebook

It’s been about 10 months since the Federal Trade Commission made the unusual announcement that it had launched a “non-public investigation” into the privacy practices of Facebook.

Coalition wages battle against T-Mobile-Sprint deal

News that a coalition of companies, public interest groups, labor unions and industry associations had recently come together to oppose the T-Mobile-Sprint merger raises question about how much...

Lawmakers face hurdles to passing privacy law

While there’s some consensus that something should be done, passing privacy legislation in this Congress won’t be easy.

Wald issued mixed opinion in key part of Microsoft case

The late US Circuit Judge Patricia Wald was widely hailed for her contributions as a pathbreaking liberal jurist on civil rights and human rights, but her work in a major antitrust case helped...

Qualcomm, FTC duke it out in blockbuster antitrust trial

The Federal Trade Commission has rested its case in its antitrust trial against Qualcomm, capping six days of testimony that revealed the strength of the enforcer’s evidence, as well as gaps the...