Bedoya, focused and passionate, talks about putting consumers first

Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya just reached his six-month work anniversary. The former Senate staffer and Georgetown University professor arrived at a time of incredible activity at the FTC. It issued an advanced notice of proposed...

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Some hits and a miss in Section 5 policy statement

The diplomat Talleyrand, who represented post-Napoleonic France at the make-or-break Congress of Vienna, cautioned his staff to move only in measured steps: “Above all,” he said, “no zeal.” This would have been equally good advice for the Federal Trade Commission’s policy statement on Section 5...

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Confident and upbeat, Smith reflects on leading Bureau of Consumer Protection

Andrew Smith is confident the Federal Trade Commission is in a better place today than when he arrived more than two years ago. As head of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Smith ticked...

FTC’s restitution power faces threat as high court weighs in

The Federal Trade Commission could lose a major enforcement tool when the Supreme Court hears arguments next month in a case that could pressure lawmakers to explicitly spell out the agency’s powers.

Experts see ways Biden administration can repair rifts, morale at DOJ’s antitrust division

As President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team gathers information about the Justice Department’s antitrust division, one finding will be obvious — the agency’s rock-bottom morale.

Congress passes legislation protecting antitrust whistleblowers

Employees who report criminal antitrust behavior have more protections after legislation passed unanimously by the House on Dec. 8, following a similar Senate vote last year.

Privacy Corner: Tene bridges divide between scholarly and business worlds

One of the nation’s leading privacy experts took a circuitous route to get there.

Online grinches poised to strike with holiday scams, FTC says

Online holiday shopping has surged as people avoid crowded stores amid a Covid-19 spike, but the Federal Trade Commission says shoppers should exercise caution when browsing the web.