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Stunning loss of Privacy Shield sends lawyers scrambling

Four years ago, privacy practitioners confidently predicted the EU-US Privacy Shield would survive the inevitable legal challenge mounted by activists, who said it fell short of providing ample protection for European citizens' data.


Biden looks left for views on antitrust issues

Though presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had a center-left record on legal issues during his Senate career, some of his party's more liberal voices have been influencing his view on antitrust policies.


Smith gets friendly reception at Senate hearing, but no promises

Senators praised the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to clamp down on fraud during the coronavirus pandemic, but made no promises about beefing up the agency's enforcement powers.


FTC continues crusade against fraud targeting African Americans, Latinos

Monica Vaca of the Federal Trade Commission recalls four years ago when Congress asked for a report on the agency's efforts to combat fraud in African American and Latino communities. "It was kind of a surprise, but kind of a delightful one."


Meet the FTC's newest ally: the American Influencer Council

Social media influencers are taking on Washington, DC, and their first stop is the Federal Trade Commission.


Feds kick robocall fight up a notch

Stopping robocalls remains a top priority for the Federal Trade Commission, an agency official told a Senate committee last week.


Neil Averitt commentary: German courts build strategy for going after tech platforms

Antitrust agencies around the world have been thinking about legal theories they might use against the Big Tech platforms. Last month, an enforcement action led to one of the first decisions by a national supreme court.


Intuit-Credit Karma deal's impact on market concentration likely under scrutiny

Intuit’s proposed buyout of Credit Karma is likely drawing close scrutiny from the Department of Justice because the market for digital do-it-yourself tax software is already highly concentrated. The deal also potentially eliminates a maverick that is forcing bigger competitors to innovate.


Peabody-Arch Coal case marks latest example of friction among antitrust regulators

Wyoming’s support for Peabody and Arch Coal’s proposed joint venture, which has been challenged by the Federal Trade Commission, is just the latest clash between state and federal government agencies on antitrust.


Axon asks for federal court review now of constitutional claims against FTC

Axon urged an appeals court to permit federal court review now of its constitutional claims against the Federal Trade Commission, saying they are separate from the merits of an ongoing dispute over the Axon-VieVu deal.



Privacy lawyer Will Daugherty jumps to Norton Rose Fulbright



Aug. 5 — Members of the Federal Trade Commission will testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing regarding oversight of the agency. It will be held at 10 a.m. in Room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building. For more information, go to: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/2020/8/oversight-of-the-federal-trade-commission.


FTC Briefs


Court bans student debt relief scammers


Victims of poster scheme to get refunds


DOJ Briefs


Workshop to examine music industry consent decrees