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Court losses prompt talk of ‘existential threat’ to FTC

The Federal Trade Commission is facing an especially challenging time — some even call it an “existential threat”— after suffering a series of setbacks in federal courts.

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Simons seen as possible FTC ‘swing’ voter

You might think when an agency issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking — a preliminary effort to seek public comments over a 60-day period about a proposal — it wouldn’t provoke partisan divisions.

Antitrust hearings paint tale of two chambers

Heavy hand versus lighter touch.

Robocall fight gets help from lawmakers

Robocalls are a constant nuisance — and reports show they’re increasing in epic numbers. But Congress could change that narrative, if a bipartisan group of lawmakers succeeds in its renewed effort...

Focus of US privacy enforcement shifting toward children

In the wake of a record fine from the Federal Trade Commission and new legislation that could significantly ramp up future regulatory action, children have emerged as one of the most active areas...

FTC social media outreach spotlights SSA impostors

Student loan and tax fraud were two scams addressed by the Federal Trade Commission in its social media outreach during National Consumer Protection Week in early March. But a major increase in...

Neil Averitt commentary: Light beers, corn syrup, and the art of comparative ads

Companies have to walk a fine line when crafting advertisements that promote their own products and also manage to denigrate the competition. A striking example came to national attention at the...

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene likely to face longer US antitrust probe

Spokeo settles, but debate over standing in privacy cases continues