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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Pressure’s on as FTC negotiates Facebook penalty

Something strange happened after Facebook disclosed the Federal Trade Commission might hit it with an eye-popping fine as high as $5 billion for violating a privacy order — the largest civil...

More presidential hopefuls weigh in on antitrust issues

Come on in. The antitrust water is fine.

In LabMD aftermath, FTC retools data security orders

After an appeals court ruled the Federal Trade Commission’s order telling a medical testing company to fix its weak data security was unenforceable — finding it too vague — practitioners have...

Lawmakers clash over newspaper antitrust exemption

Two House members with the most clout on antitrust matters favor an exemption for the newspaper industry, but hold their positions for different reasons.

An Rx for stronger antitrust enforcement? New book explores options

The doctors — or in this case, the legal scholars — thought they knew what ailed the patient. In the late 1970s, “the patient” was the sluggish US economy, and Robert Bork and Richard Posner...

End Standard Oil consent decree, DOJ says

Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft are either frowning in their graves or realizing their efforts succeeded.