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  • 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?

  • December 19, 2023

    Beware of QR code scams, FTC says

    The Federal Trade Commission warned mobile phone users that scammers hide harmful links in QR codes to steal personal information. For example, some scammers may cover up QR codes on parking meters with their own or send a QR code via text or email to trick a person to scan it.

  • December 19, 2023

    AI toys come with privacy warning this holiday season

    Nowadays kids’ holiday wish lists are filled with smart toys: stuffed animals that talk and listen, games that require online accounts, and even soccer balls that require players to download an app.

  • December 19, 2023

    Military contractors sentenced over procurement fraud scheme

    Three military contractors convicted of conspiring to defraud the US government with sham quotes and fraudulently prepared procurement documents have been sentenced by a Georgia federal judge, the Department of Justice said.

  • December 19, 2023

    Court remands Illumina-Grail deal for FTC reconsideration but finds merger would lessen competition

    The Federal Trade Commission had substantial evidence that Illumina’s acquisition of Grail created a significant incentive to crowd out competition, but an appeals court remanded the case for reconsideration, saying the FTC applied an erroneous legal standard.

  • December 19, 2023

    Bedoya wants FTC to ‘reinvigorate’ Robinson-Patman Act

    Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya, a former Georgetown University professor, said he’s concerned about the real-world effects — not academic effects — of antitrust law.

  • December 19, 2023

    On the Shelf: Notable books of the year

    So many books, so little time. With thousands of new titles every year — though much fewer in antitrust and privacy — there’s no shortage of choices for readers hoping to dive into these topics. To help narrow your selection, here are some of the best books FTCWatch reviewed in 2023.

  • December 19, 2023

    O’Connor influenced key antitrust case

    Although the late Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wasn’t a leader on antitrust matters, a concurring opinion she wrote in one case was adopted by a subsequent court.

  • December 19, 2023

    FTC tightens rules on auto dealer disclosures

    The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule aimed at curbing hidden fees levied by car dealers while House Republicans are investigating how the rule was drafted.

  • December 05, 2023

    Calendar

    Jan. 16 — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a virtual informal hearing on the proposed amendments to the Negative Option Rule. It will be held at 10 a.m. ET. For more information, go to: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2023/12/ftc-hold-virtual-informal-hearing-january-2024-part-its-review-proposed-click-cancel-rulemaking?utm_source=govdelivery.

  • December 05, 2023

    Justices grapple with where to draw lines on whether, when Congress can authorize agencies to bring cases without jury

    US Supreme Court justices grappled with where the dividing line lies between actions that federal agencies can bring in administrative court and those that must be heard by a jury.

  • December 05, 2023

    On the Shelf: The rise and fall of the American dream

    Robert Bork didn’t cause pestilence or famine. But Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer David Leonhardt blames the influence of Bork’s views on antitrust law as a factor that’s hurt the likelihood that younger people will attain more wealth than earlier generations.

  • December 05, 2023

    People

    Antitrust veteran Goodman jumps from FTC to Morgan Lewis

  • December 05, 2023

    DOJ’s procurement collusion strike force holds first summit

    The Department of Justice’s procurement collusion strike force hosted its first summit to discuss emerging threats and strategies to confront them.

  • December 05, 2023

    US Chamber, House Republicans push FTC to strengthen recusal rules

    The US Chamber of Commerce and some of its Republican congressional allies are urging the Federal Trade Commission to revamp rules to clarify when members must recuse themselves.

  • December 05, 2023

    Job satisfaction at FTC improves, survey says

    Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan testified to Congress last summer that she was addressing low morale in a series of workplace actions, and the 2023 federal employee survey shows improvement in that regard.

  • December 05, 2023

    DNA testing company settles with regulators over deceptive marketing claims

    CRI Genetics agreed to pay a $700,000 penalty to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission and California’s attorney general that the company deceived consumers about the accuracy of its DNA reports.

  • December 05, 2023

    Subspace antitrust case against Amazon highlights enforcers’ cloud competition concerns

    Amazon’s alleged anticompetitive conduct in the budding market for cloud optimization services offers a case study for antitrust concerns flagged by the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department in the burgeoning on-demand computing sector.

  • December 05, 2023

    State, federal laws aimed at protecting children online upend privacy landscape

    New legislation aimed at keeping kids safe online is upending the US privacy landscape, and dramatically expanding the obligations of any company that provides an online service or feature children could use.

  • December 05, 2023

    Lack of disclosure complicates FTC’s enforcement of influencer marketing

    The Federal Trade Commission faces a significant hurdle in stopping deceptive influencer marketing given the apparent prevalence of undisclosed sponsorship in influencer posts.

  • December 05, 2023

    Feds probe Evolv’s marketing practices

    The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Evolv’s marketing practices, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the company, which offers weapon screening detectors powered by artificial intelligence.

  • December 05, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: Weight-loss drugs give FTC golden opportunity

    The sudden emergence of miraculously effective weight-loss drugs is good news for 100 million American dieters. It’s also a unique opportunity for the Federal Trade Commission. If the agency can help make these drugs more widely available, it can provide a visible quantum-leap benefit for consumers, rather than the kind of marginal benefit involved in the typical antitrust case.

  • November 14, 2023

    Judges balking at defenses about FTC’s constitutionality in preliminary injunction suits

    Merging companies got a boost when the Supreme Court said they could challenge the constitutionality of the US Federal Trade Commission’s in-house court before the completion of adjudication, but federal district court judges are starting to signal they don’t want to hear such a challenge if it’s presented as a defense to an agency’s attempt to block a deal.

  • November 14, 2023

    People

    Newman returns to teaching law

  • November 14, 2023

    GOP antitrust advocate Buck to leave Congress next year

    Representative Ken Buck, who has led efforts to strengthen antitrust laws, is leaving Congress.

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