Pahl pledges greater focus on economics in enforcement decisions

Though it’s been four years since Thomas Pahl worked at the Federal Trade Commission, he told FTC:WATCH that the thing that surprised him the most since returning as acting director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection is how little has changed.

“What made the FTC a special place to work — its creativity, its adaptability and the legal talent — that’s all still here and it’s probably something I had taken …

Ohlhausen’s efforts lessen congressional interest in making agency changes

What a difference a year makes.

When the Democratic Party controlled the West Wing, House Republicans were eager to streamline the Federal Trade Commission’s handling of consumer protection issues, and make …

Amazon-Whole Foods deal gets ‘big is bad’ label, but leaves little opening for antitrust challenge

Alarm bells sounded almost from the moment Amazon announced its $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods, the natural foods supermarket chain, as an array of consumer activists and liberal …

No slam dunk for FTC lawsuit against DraftKings-FanDuel merger

It took about five months for the Federal Trade Commission under acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen to bring its first merger challenge — a lawsuit to block the tie-up of DraftKings …

Verizon-Comcast dispute over Internet advertising referred to FTC, FCC

Verizon says it offers the “fastest most reliable Internet available.” Rival Internet provider Comcast Communications doesn’t agree. Now the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission have been asked …

FTC to review TV display, spam rules as agency undertakes regulatory reforms

Starting in 1951, the Federal Trade Commission spent four years holding hearings on how advertisers should describe television screen-size, culminating in a 1966 rule requiring that TVs be described by …

Neil Averitt commentary: Sizing up how antitrust enforcers rule? Remember the hidden persuaders

The people who run the antitrust agencies are first-rate in assessing cost curves and entry barriers. That’s how they got their jobs. But they are also human beings — which …