FTCWatch

  • January 30, 2024

    JetBlue-Spirit ruling a major win for DOJ, with nuggets of favorable case law for defendants

    A federal judge’s opinion blocking JetBlue and Spirit’s merger is the second win in a Clayton Act merger challenge for the Department of Justice under the Biden administration — and while it's a clear victory on the facts, there are nuggets of legal findings that could aid defendants in the long run.

  • January 30, 2024

    Intuit can’t say ‘free’ without noting eligibility requirements

    The Federal Trade Commission said Intuit engaged in deceptive advertising by calling its tax products and services “free” despite many consumers being ineligible.

  • January 30, 2024

    Neil Averitt commentary: What to do when the acquiring company is a looter

    Can merger law be used to stop looters and other bad actors from acquiring corporations? That would be a step into a significantly new world, but two cases in the past year, one from each antitrust agency, have laid a foundation from which a reasonable argument can be made.

  • January 30, 2024

    Disclose celebrities’ ad compensation, law professor urges

    A Pepperdine University law professor says the Federal Trade Commission should require disclosure of how much money highly-paid celebrities receive for endorsements.

  • January 30, 2024

    Location-data industry practices, not just a few bad apples, in FTC’s crosshairs

    InMarket Media joined X-Mode Social as the latest data brokers to face a painful enforcement action from the Federal Trade Commission over location data for peddling the latitude, longitude and timestamp records of when people used their mobile phones. These two data broker orders are unlikely to be the agency’s last.

  • January 30, 2024

    On the Shelf: The progressives increasingly driving the Democratic Party bus

    The rise of the neo-Brandeisian movement in antitrust is part of a broader effort to steer the Democratic Party away from its longstanding support of business-friendly policies. While that approach worked for many years, recently Democrats ran into a problem: voters didn’t like it.

  • January 30, 2024

    Halting risky deals easier than unscrambling them later, FTC's Sussman says

    Unwinding a problematic merger once it has already stifled competition requires far more time, money and labor from federal antitrust agencies than enforcers would have needed to block a transaction in its infancy, a Federal Trade Commission official said, adding that the cost of "missing" a merger is “significant.”

  • January 30, 2024

    FTC pauses CARS Rule effective date

    The Federal Trade Commission postponed the effective date of the Combatting Auto Retail Scams Rule while a legal challenge against the rule is pending.

  • January 16, 2024

    FTC inspector general calls for invoice review process

    The Federal Trade Commission’s inspector general recommended the agency implement a formal process for invoice review approval and payment of high-risk contracts, saying the invoice system “falls short of a formalized, ongoing monitoring system.”

  • January 16, 2024

    FTC bars data broker X-Mode Social from selling sensitive location data

    The Federal Trade Commission barred data broker X-Mode Social from selling “sensitive” location data and restricted its use of more general location information in a first-of-its-kind settlement unanimously approved by the commission's three members.

  • January 16, 2024

    Calendar

    Jan. 25 — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a virtual summit on artificial intelligence. It will focus on topics such as the state of technology, emerging market trends and real-world impacts of AI. It will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information, go to: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events/2024/01/ftc-tech-summit.

  • January 16, 2024

    Merger enforcement cases at two-decade high, report finds

    The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice brought 50 merger enforcement actions in fiscal 2022 — the highest number in more than 20 years, the agencies said in a report.

  • January 16, 2024

    Kohl had big impact on antitrust at helm of Senate panel

    The late Senator Herbert Kohl was a neo-Brandeisian before the phrase was even coined.

  • January 16, 2024

    People

    Ohlhausen jumps to Wilson Sonsini

  • January 16, 2024

    Trade groups, others to oppose click-to-cancel rule

    The Federal Trade Commission is set to hear opposition to its amendments to the Negative Option Rule at an informal virtual hearing, with most speakers expected to criticize the proposal for being overly broad.

  • January 16, 2024

    Privacy Corner: Whistleblower Haugen eager to see Meta lawsuits play out

    Frances Haugen never set out for anyone to know her name when she began gathering documents that led to Meta Platforms — then known solely as Facebook — getting hit with hundreds of lawsuits for allegedly harming its youngest users for big profits.

  • January 16, 2024

    Senator Hawley’s block on Republican FTC nominee hurts agency’s political legitimacy

    Andrew Ferguson, nominee for the Republican commissioner spot on the Federal Trade Commission, is grappling with a delay to his confirmation as Senator Josh Hawley has called into question his bonafides — but it’s only hurting the agency, which has been missing a Republican voice on critical antitrust and privacy policymaking for nearly a year now.

  • January 16, 2024

    AI copyright concerns draw FTC scrutiny

    The Federal Trade Commission said its enforcement against unfair and deceptive practices applies to artificial intelligence products even if they are permitted under copyright law.

  • January 16, 2024

    FTC launches voice cloning challenge

    The Federal Trade Commission has called on innovators to develop solutions that protect consumers from the potential harms of voice cloning. The winner of the FTC’s “Voice Cloning Challenge” will be granted a $25,000 prize.

  • January 16, 2024

    Neil Averitt commentary: College football, antitrust law, and unforeseen consequences

    What is happening to the game of college football, and can we blame the antitrust lawyers?

  • January 16, 2024

    ​​​​​​​On the Shelf: A top economist’s life and work

    The impact of Milton Friedman’s work on economics and other aspects of public policy has been profound, as even his ideological foes will concede. He was for many years both a prominent scholar of and public advocate for free market economics and an array of other conservative causes, including tightening the relationship between law and economics.

  • December 19, 2023

    Wilson mobilizes antitrust community in fight against sexual harassment

    The US antitrust community has rallied behind Elyse Dorsey and Angela Landry, two Washington, DC, private practitioners who accused former Federal Trade Commissioner Joshua Wright of sexually harassing them for years. And no voice of support has been louder than that of another former commissioner — Christine Wilson.

  • December 19, 2023

    FTC declines to specify social media companies’ response times for customer complaints

    The Federal Trade Commission denied a citizen’s petition to require social media companies to respond to customer complaints within a certain time frame.

  • December 19, 2023

    People

    Stein joins Davis Wright Tremaine

  • December 19, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: A look back at 2023

    2023 is almost at an end, and we are sorry to see it go. How can you not love a year that has brought us new merger guidelines, new price-fixing mechanisms that use computers to do the dirty work, and new weight-loss drugs that make so much money that they practically invite litigation?

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