FTC takes on goliath Amazon on billing practices

As the FTC and Amazon prepare to do battle in federal court over the Commission’s allegation that the internet company reaped millions of dollars through unauthorized on-line purchases by children, the dispute has prompted some rumbling from conservative critics who claim the agency is punishing innovation.

To Jessica Rich, the director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the case is straightforward. She told reporters in a recent media call that …

T-Mobile, FTC fight over “cramming” allegations

The FTC and T-Mobile will soon be duking it out in federal district court over the Commission’s allegation that the telecommunications giant stuck consumers with hundreds of millions of dollars …

House steps cautiously towards patent troll reform

The FTC may be getting more authority to clamp down on patent assertion entities but the commission doesn’t think a bill passed by a key House subcommittee goes far enough.

The …

Facebook emotion study draws frowns, knits brows

Charging that Facebook “purposefully messed with people’s minds” in conducting a “secretive and non-consensual” study that used personal information to track people’s emotions, a privacy advocacy group recently filed a …

U.S. weighs in on global reach of antitrust laws

Responding to a recent request by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for the government’s views on the potential impact of applying the Sherman Act to conduct …

Special Report: FTC at 100 – In Roaring Twenties, Changing Times at FTC

Editor’s Note: With the FTC approaching its 100th-year anniversary, FTC:WATCH has initiated a series of articles highlighting the history of antitrust enforcement in America.

The Roaring Twenties was an exuberant, optimistic …

Neil Averitt commentary: FTC needs to hone its tools to deal with patent trolls

With impressive noise and fanfare, the FTC’s section 6(b) study of patent trolls is about to begin. 

Unfortunately, the entire venture is misconceived in a way that limits its potential. The …