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  • October 03, 2023

    FTC extends deadline decision on facial recognition software

    The Federal Trade Commission extended its deadline by 120 days to consider allowing a new parental consent mechanism by websites.

  • October 03, 2023

    People

    Antitrust veteran Mackowski joins Squire Patton Boggs

  • September 19, 2023

    Calendar

    Oct. 4 — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a virtual roundtable on the impact of generative artificial intelligence on creative fields. It will be held 3 p.m. ET. For more information, go to: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2023/09/ftc-host-virtual-roundtable-ai-content-creation.

  • September 19, 2023

    Meta and FTC, in charged written exchange over 2020 privacy settlement, swap barbs over ‘unlawful’ behavior

    The Federal Trade Commission is like a cheating golfer who breaks the rules to “take a mulligan” in its “unlawful” bid to reopen a $5 billion privacy settlement with Meta Platforms approved by a federal court, the social media company told a federal judge.

  • September 19, 2023

    People

    Rejouis merges worker protection, tech policy

  • September 19, 2023

    Asphalt paving firm, president plead guilty to bid-rigging charges

    F. Allied Construction Co. and its president, Andrew Foster, pleaded guilty to participating in two separate conspiracies to rig bids for asphalt paving services contracts in Michigan, the US Department of Justice said.

  • September 19, 2023

    Healthcare staffing executive indicted over fixing nurses’ wages

    Healthcare staffing executive Eduardo Lopez has been indicted for allegedly conspiring to fix the wages of Las Vegas nurses, the Department of Justice announced.

  • September 19, 2023

    Toy manufacturers split with privacy advocates on parental consent proposal

    Toy manufacturers endorsed a proposal for using facial age estimation technology to obtain parental consent for children online, but privacy advocates cautioned against it in public comments to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • September 19, 2023

    ‘Antidomination’ should replace consumer sovereignty framework, professor argues

    The Federal Trade Commission is appropriately moving away from a mindset of preserving consumer choice in favor of values-based appeals, University of Alabama law professor Luke Herrine says.

  • September 19, 2023

    Intuit deceived consumers about ‘free’ tax services, FTC judge rules

    Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, engaged in deceptive advertising regarding “free” tax products and services, a Federal Trade Commission administrative law judge ruled.

  • September 19, 2023

    NLRB sending cases on noncompetes, gig work to FTC, Abruzzo says

    The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board said the agency is sending cases involving noncompete clauses and gig work to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • September 19, 2023

    On the Shelf: How FDR expanded business regulation and weakened the FTC

    The Federal Trade Commission is known as a small agency that punches above its weight. However, if history had turned out differently, it might have become as large and influential as the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • September 19, 2023

    Holyoak, Ferguson could change FTC dynamics but face steep learning curve

    If Republican nominees Melissa Holyoak of Utah and Andrew Ferguson of Virginia are confirmed, as expected, to join the Federal Trade Commission this month, they could change the dynamics of an agency that’s been under single-party control for half a year. But the two outsiders face a steep learning curve as the FTC confronts public relations as well as constitutional headwinds over its authority.

  • September 19, 2023

    Funeral providers, consumer advocates debate online posting of prices

    Funeral providers told the Federal Trade Commission that mandating online posting of pricing is unnecessary because market forces will lead to the same result sought by consumer advocates.

  • September 19, 2023

    Elite colleges embroiled in antitrust litigation as lawmaker pushes for FTC probe

    A group of elite colleges and universities continues to face antitrust litigation over financial aid policies. Meanwhile, a senator wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether some competing schools are unlawfully coordinating their responses to the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling.

  • September 19, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: Insulin cases need a sharper focus

    Hard cases are notorious for making bad law. But sometimes the easy and obvious cases can make bad law, too. Something like this seems to be going on with insulin pricing.

  • August 29, 2023

    Calendar

    Sept. 19 — Aviv Nevo, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics, and former FTC Chair Tim Muris are participating in a panel discussion on “Revising the Horizontal Merger Guidelines: The Path Forward.” It will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: https://www.aei.org/events/revising-the-horizontal-merger-guidelines-the-path-forward-in-antitrust/.

  • August 29, 2023

    Ex-FTC Commissioner Wright sues for defamation over sexual misconduct claims

    Former Federal Trade Commission member Joshua Wright has sued two female antitrust attorneys — one of whom was a direct subordinate at the agency — for defamation after they accused him of sexually predatory behavior. Wright is also demanding $108 million in damages.

  • August 29, 2023

    Constitutional defenses in Illumina case may help FTC delay ‘generational’ increase in skepticism of agencies

    The Federal Trade Commission's brief in Illumina and Grail’s appeal of its move to unwind their deal shows the agency using long-standing precedent to defend itself against claims that its structure and procedures violate aspects of the Constitution — claims that are increasing in number and that could be a potential existential threat.

  • August 29, 2023

    Teva, Glenmark to pay $255 million to resolve DOJ price-fixing claims

    Teva Pharmaceuticals and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals reached deferred prosecution agreements with the Department of Justice to resolve antitrust claims over a generic drug price-fixing cartel.

  • August 29, 2023

    Beware weather-related scams, FTC says

    The Federal Trade Commission warned consumers about disaster-related scams and how to recognize reputable charities following extreme summer weather and one of the deadliest fires in US history this month.

  • August 29, 2023

    FTC studies teamwork with AGs

    The Federal Trade Commission is studying collaboration with state attorneys general with an eye toward improvements.

  • August 29, 2023

    Liu becomes BC director

    Henry Liu, a partner at law firm Covington & Burling, has become the Federal Trade Commission’s top competition official.

  • August 29, 2023

    Google’s adtech case previews growing discovery headaches for government enforcers

    The Department of Justice is trying to close the door on a novel litigation strategy that's bogging down a watershed antitrust lawsuit targeting Google’s digital advertising empire and creating a path for future enforcement targets to undertake discovery probes into senior government officials.

  • August 29, 2023

    Experian settles with FTC over spam email

    Experian Consumer Services agreed to pay $650,000 to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s claims that it sent consumers unsolicited email without offering them a way to opt out of such messages.

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