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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ABA gathering comes amid big tests for antitrust enforcers

This year’s spring meeting of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section at the commodious Marriott Marquis hotel attracted nearly the same number as last year, when about 3,300 attended....

LabMD, Shire defeats spark criticisms of FTC’s case selection

After the Federal Trade Commission suffered recent losses in court, some practitioners and advocates are questioning the agency’s case-selection process.

Kids’ online privacy reform driven by lax enforcement, advocates say

Jeffrey Chester, a champion of children’s privacy rights who helped spearhead enactment of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in 1998 and its expansion in 2012, says the Federal Trade...

With crackdown on deceptive ads, FTC shows no signs of let-up

If you make illegitimate claims about legitimate products, the Federal Trade Commission will go after you.

Privacy, promises and some progress

As Congress grapples with privacy legislation, members of the Federal Trade Commission used the American Bar Association’s antitrust spring meeting and other recent opportunities to flesh out views...

Winding regulatory path emerges for smart cars

Connected cars are becoming smarter. They’re collecting more personal information from drivers using an array of sensors, from how much gas they use to how fast they travel. The trendy eatery where...