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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Pandemic or not, justifying mergers based on ‘failing firm’ defense faces hard sell

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ian Conner, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, is bracing for a wave of merger proposals claiming the acquired firm is failing.

HyperBeard case highlights thorny issues of big penalties, targeted ads

Choosing deterrence versus punishing for harm caused. A June 4 Federal Trade Commission enforcement action against a children’s app developer highlights the ideological rift that could continue to...

New York car dealer, FTC settle racial discrimination case, but Dems want more changes

The Federal Trade Commission brought its first case of racial discrimination against an auto dealer last month, with New York-based Bronx Honda and its general manager agreeing to pay $1.5 million...

Trump’s order targeting social media companies poses challenges for FTC

President Donald Trump’s executive order telling the Federal Trade Commission to consider taking action against social media companies that fact-check certain posts could force the agency to wade...

Tough questions swirl over Steves’ bid to unwind Jeld-Wen merger

Ever since a federal court took an unprecedented step — siding with a private party seeking to unwind a deal years after it was consummated — the antitrust bar has closely followed the lawsuit...

Prep for weather disaster scams, FTC tells consumers

As the 2020 hurricane season revs up, the Federal Trade Commission says scammers who exploit victims of weather disasters pose additional threats.