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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Coronavirus raises new challenges for lawyers in and out of government

Bruce Hoffman had just joined a new law firm when the coronavirus began wreaking economic havoc across the country.

Antitrust policy wasn’t a priority for Biden before hitting campaign trail

During his 36 years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was an active legislator on a range of issues including civil rights, women’s rights,...

Stanley Sporkin, scourge of corporate malfeasance, dies at 88

Retired US District Judge Stanley Sporkin, whose opinion in one of the Microsoft antitrust cases was overturned and is considered by some to be an example of judicial overreach, died on March 23....

Chopra, others blast proposed change to agriculture rule

When Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra criticized a proposed rule change by the Agriculture Department for failing to protect family farmers, he wasn’t alone.

TikTok's woes continue even as it shifts course on privacy, controls

In the year since the Federal Trade Commission hit popular video app TikTok with a $5.7 million fine for illegally collecting children’s information, TikTok has made changes. But the Chinese...

Fraud case over high-tech backpack stalls due to coronavirus pandemic

A lawsuit accusing a Texas man of “deceptively” raising crowdfunded money for a high-tech backpack but failing to deliver the product has hit a snag due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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