FTC consumer protection bureau criticized for not ‘firing on all cylinders’

A year into the Trump administration, a number of lawyers who practice before the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection are seeing a change: a slowdown in enforcement.

“They just don’t seem to be firing on all cylinders,” Phyllis Marcus of Hunton & Williams, said in an interview. “It just doesn’t seem to be as active a bureau as it can be.”

“There has been something of an ebb in terms …

Hill in limbo on FTC matters

President Donald Trump’s delay in filling posts at the Federal Trade Commission isn’t just affecting agency operations, it’s also stopping action on Capitol Hill.

While the House and Senate committees that …

Robocalls remain tricky for FTC to stomp out

Perhaps we can add one more thing to death and taxes on the list of life’s certainties: robocalls.

There’s no doubt that these unwanted intrusions that feature pre-recorded messages interrupt consumers’ …

Former Senator John Tunney, who pushed for antitrust reform, dies

Former Democratic Senator John Tunney of California, who led the charge for a law to allow the public to have input in merger settlements only to be frustrated as it …

It’s complicated: Book explores Roosevelt-Morgan relationship

Proponents of more aggressive antitrust enforcement view it as a way to reduce economic inequality and curb the damage of an unfettered free market. Others say a more limited approach …

New year marks new season of vertical healthcare deals

Antitrust authorities succeeded last year in preventing several mergers of direct competitors in the healthcare industry, but in 2018 face the prospect of reviewing deals that would instead mostly combine …

Neil Averitt commentary: CVS-Aetna deal has many good features, but what of the PBMs?

Much good can be said about the planned merger of CVS and Aetna, but there is also a potentially troublesome sleeper issue involving pharmacy benefit management services, which should be …