Ohlhausen touts successes amid waiting game

Let’s call the last six months a mixed bag for Maureen Ohlhausen of the Federal Trade Commission.

Back in January, President Donald Trump named her acting chairman of the agency. Since then Ohlhausen has touted accomplishments that the agency has rolled up while downplaying her own frustrations.

Even as she launched some major initiatives, including an economic liberty task force to promote competition by targeting excessive state licensure, Ohlhausen, who has devoted much of her …

Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ sees road to power paved with stronger antitrust enforcement

When congressional Democratic leaders unveiled their economic agenda recently, it contained the usual crowd-pleasers: better education, lower prescription drug prices and tax incentives for companies that improve their training.

But the …

FTC, DirecTV gear up for long haul as deceptive ad trial nears

It won’t rival the Federal Trade Commission’s largest-ever false advertising case, but nearly $4 billion could be at stake in a federal trial in Oakland, California, this month in which …

Hoffman to take reins at Bureau of Competition

D. Bruce Hoffman brings vast experience challenging and defending mergers to his new job as acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.

Hoffman, who is scheduled to start …

FDA, FTC take aim at abuse of restricted drug programs

Last year, generic drugmakers filed 150 complaints with the Food and Drug Administration that branded drug manufacturers were misusing the agency’s regulations to block them from offering cheaper alternatives for …

Awaiting Eleventh Circuit ruling, LabMD’s Daugherty keeps sounding alarm on ‘out-of-control’ FTC

Michael Daugherty sounds cautiously optimistic as he awaits a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in the bitter battle he is waging with the Federal …

Neil Averitt commentary: Google search bias is a consumer protection issue

It’s a recurring strategic question: Are we looking at an antitrust or a consumer protection issue? Getting the right answer to this seemingly simple threshold question can have profound effects …