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In tackling high drug prices, FTC shows partisan split

Combating unreasonable, unilateral drug price hikes is a big talking point on the presidential campaign trail. But when lawmakers asked the Federal Trade Commission about whether it could help, the commissioners — on a 3-2 party-line vote — said the agency lacks the authority.  

 
 

T-Mobile-Sprint deal shows dysfunction, politicization of US antitrust reviews

T-Mobile’s proposed acquisition of Sprint shines a harsh light on the dysfunction and politicization that is shaping the government’s analysis of important mergers, antitrust lawyers say.

 
 

Equifax to pay at least $575 million to FTC, others for data breach

Equifax has agreed to pay between $575 million and $700 million as part of a proposed settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 50 US states and territories relating to a 2017 data breach that affected about 147 million people.

 
 

YouTube settles over children's privacy abuses

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Google after investigating YouTube for violating a federal privacy law protecting children, according to news reports.

 
 

Stevens was main architect of high court antitrust jurisprudence during tenure

Late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens pushed for strong, though sometimes restrained, antitrust enforcement during his time as a lawyer and jurist.

 
 

FTC seen as AWOL on fighting deceptive hotel room rates

When Attorney General Karl Racine of the District of Columbia announced a lawsuit against Marriott for posting allegedly deceptive room rates, the Federal Trade Commission, which has warned hotels for years about hidden fees, was conspicuously absent.

 
 

Neil Averitt commentary: Honing the definition of privacy law

Privacy law has reached the awkward years of adolescence. It now offers several specific enforcement programs and boasts a great number of cases, but not yet a clear overall sense of what defines it or how it fits in with the Federal Trade Commission Act as a whole.

 
 

Uptick in ‘second requests’ marks first half of 2019

As the second half of 2019 begins, FTCWatch counts 15 big deals that have garnered “second requests”— eight from the Federal Trade Commission and seven from the Department of Justice. Our list in December noted seven such large deals.

 
 

Alford exiting DOJ to return to academia

Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Roger Alford will leave his post on July 26, FTCWatch has learned. He is returning to academia.

 
 

Debate intensifies over repair restrictions

Do companies need to have monopolistic control over the repair of their products to protect public safety or does that practice unnecessarily hurt consumers?

 
 

DOJ's Qualcomm brief widens interagency rift with FTC

The Department of Justice is threatening to upend a vital regulatory relationship with its decision to wade further into the fight between its sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission, and US chipmaker Qualcomm.

 
 

Facebook's reported $5 billion settlement spurs dissent, criticism

Facebook agreed to pay out $5 billion to settle a privacy investigation with the Federal Trade Commission, multiple press outlets have reported, an outcome dividing commissioners yet again along party lines.

 
 

DOJ continues to shy away from making companies the villain

The Department of Justice, with a move to offer more lenient treatment to antitrust law violators, has solidified its view of companies — and especially their compliance teams — as being closer to partners than targets. Broadly speaking, the agency seems eager to let companies off the hook if they operate in good faith when they discover wrongdoing.

 
 

People

Lewis takes helm at Public Knowledge

 
 

Calendar

Aug. 11 — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a workshop on “Inside the Game: Unlocking the Consumer Issues Surrounding Loot Boxes.” It will take place at the Constitution Center in Washington, DC. For more details, go to: https://www.ftc.gov.

 
 

FTC Briefs

 

Nader slams FTC for being ‘sluggish’ consumer watchdog

 

DOJ Briefs

 

Heir location firm, president plead guilty to scheme