FTCWatch

  • February 27, 2024

    Guthrie, Latta vie for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce panel

    The next top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee will likely be a conservative skeptical of Big Tech’s power but critical of the Federal Trade Commission. The panel has oversight over the agency.

  • February 27, 2024

    Antitrust goes to the movies

    Despite being the target of antitrust lawsuits, on occasion, Hollywood studios have given this arcane area of the law top billing. With the Oscars set for March 10, here’s a look at some popular movies about monopolies.

  • February 27, 2024

    People

    Attorney Hill rejoins FTC

  • February 27, 2024

    On the Shelf: Why it’s hard to manufacture things in America

    The challenges faced by American manufacturers are multipronged.

  • February 13, 2024

    FTC supports ‘march-in rights’ on patents

    The Federal Trade Commission applauded efforts by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide guidance on the exercise of “march-in rights,” the federal government’s ability to require patent holders to license a federally funded patent to other applicants.

  • February 13, 2024

    Former contractor pleads guilty to kickback scheme

    A former government contractor has pleaded guilty to helping inflate the prices of commercial flooring services at a military facility in Alaska.

  • February 13, 2024

    Calendar

    Feb. 23 — Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics Director Aviv Nevo will speak at the George Mason Law Review’s 27th Annual Antitrust Symposium. The event will take place in Van Metre Hall at GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia. For more details, go to: https://web.cvent.com/event/da9d53a3-624b-4b53-a68f-d6b13379fc89/websitePage:8deb4542-d9c4-4193-9354-d3f8f3426f81.

  • February 13, 2024

    FTC pushes upstream against telemarketers

    Federal Trade Commission actions related to unsolicited telemarketing show the agency is following through on a recent vow to target not only telemarketers but their upstream partners as well: lead generators and Voice over Internet Protocol service providers.

  • February 13, 2024

    Neil Averitt commentary: Letters between Khan and Jordan hint at trouble brewing

    The letters passing between Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan suggest a stormy time ahead.

  • February 13, 2024

    Energy and Commerce Chair McMorris Rodgers won’t seek reelection

    House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn’t seeking reelection this year, leaving a vacancy at the top of the panel with oversight over the Federal Trade Commission.

  • February 13, 2024

    Privacy Corner: Markey continues push to protect kids online

    Nearly 30 years ago, Ed Markey helped pass the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Since then, the Massachusetts senator hasn’t stopped working to bolster the law that bars companies from collecting data from anyone under 13 without parental consent.

  • February 13, 2024

    On the Shelf: A company law enforcers love and civil libertarians loathe

    In the burgeoning field of facial recognition, advances to technology help law enforcement but threaten individual liberties. New York Times reporter Kashmir Hill tackles the story of one of the industry’s most interesting players in “Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy As We Know It.”

  • February 13, 2024

    Scammers troll job market, feds warn

    The Federal Trade Commission warned virtual scams have taken a “personal — and persuasive — turn” in targeting job seekers and college students.

  • February 13, 2024

    Democratic senators want bigger clampdown on algorithmic price-fixing

    Under two bills introduced by Democratic lawmakers, companies that use algorithms to fix prices would be penalized.

  • February 13, 2024

    People

    Maier elected Axinn managing partner

  • February 13, 2024

    Meta filing details global data-protection risks, youth-data concerns

    Mark Zuckerberg declared 2023 to be the “year of efficiency” for Meta Platforms. The social media giant’s new annual securities filing makes clear it was also the year of unprecedented data-protection regulatory risk.

  • February 13, 2024

    Scholars criticize theory used to weaken administrative state

    Conservatives who want to limit the power of agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission rely partially on a theory of presidential power that doesn’t follow the intent of the nation’s founders, according to two prominent legal scholars.

  • January 30, 2024

    More elite universities settle price-fixing lawsuit

    Five elite universities have agreed to pay $104.5 million to settle a class action alleging they schemed to limit financial aid, which deprived some students of needed assistance.

  • January 30, 2024

    Wright amends suit against sexual harassment accusers

    Joshua Wright, a former Federal Trade Commission member, has amended a defamation complaint against two former students and colleagues who accused him of sexual harassment.

  • January 30, 2024

    Calendar

    Feb. 13 — The Federal Trade Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on its proposed rule banning fake reviews and testimonials. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. ET. For more information, go to: https://www.ftc.gov.

  • January 30, 2024

    Medical device ad oversight lacks resources, FTC says

    The Federal Trade Commission says resource constraints limit its oversight of direct-to-consumer advertising of medical devices, a function the agency shares with the Food and Drug Administration.

  • January 30, 2024

    QR code scams cause growing concern

    Scammers use QR codes, the square bar codes that can be scanned and read by smartphones, to trick consumers. The Federal Trade Commission has put wrongdoers on notice.

  • January 30, 2024

    Khan gets top secret clearances for staff

    The Federal Trade Commission has obtained the highest security clearances for additional agency employees, with an eye toward protection of consumer data.

  • January 30, 2024

    People

    Meador joins Heritage

  • January 30, 2024

    DOJ joins antitrust lawsuit against NCAA Rule

    The Department of Justice has joined 10 states and the District of Columbia in a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s (NCAA) Transfer Eligibility Rule.

Can't find the article you're looking for? Click here to search the FTCWatch archive.