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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Stunning loss of Privacy Shield sends lawyers scrambling

Four years ago, privacy practitioners confidently predicted the EU-US Privacy Shield would survive the inevitable legal challenge mounted by activists, who said it fell short of providing ample...

Biden looks left for views on antitrust issues

Though presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had a center-left record on legal issues during his Senate career, some of his party's more liberal voices have been influencing his...

Smith gets friendly reception at Senate hearing, but no promises

Senators praised the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to clamp down on fraud during the coronavirus pandemic, but made no promises about beefing up the agency's enforcement powers.

FTC continues crusade against fraud targeting African Americans, Latinos

Monica Vaca of the Federal Trade Commission recalls four years ago when Congress asked for a report on the agency's efforts to combat fraud in African American and Latino communities. "It was kind...

Meet the FTC's newest ally: the American Influencer Council

Social media influencers are taking on Washington, DC, and their first stop is the Federal Trade Commission.

Feds kick robocall fight up a notch

Stopping robocalls remains a top priority for the Federal Trade Commission, an agency official told a Senate committee last week.