Lawmakers raise an eyebrow at contact lens pricing

Politicians are often accused of lacking foresight.

Policy and political experts frequently debate the importance of what President George H.W. Bush dismissed as the “vision thing.’’ But another vision-related issue – how people improve their eyesight – came into sharp focus last month in the corridors of power.

Members of a Senate subcommittee placed a bright light on the subject at a July 30 hearing, where they discussed the high cost of …

Commissioner Wright presses for greater cost-benefit analysis

Commissioner Joshua D. Wright kicked off a recent conference on the FTC’s record on consumer protection issues by making the case for far more rigorous cost-benefit analysis before the agency …

Groups urge FTC to intervene in Google lawsuit

Five consumer privacy groups recently charged that the proposed $8.5 million class action settlement of a lawsuit charging that Google violated consumers’ privacy is “a farce,” and urged the Federal …

Sen. Schumer calls for privacy protections for fitness devices

In the wake of rising concerns that personal fitness devices firms are selling the health information they gather from their customers to third parties, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has …

FTC comments on White House big data study

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s consumer protection bureau, have weighed in on the White House’s big data study by underscoring the long-standing role the …

Sharp debate over what deters cartel activity

So just what is the optimal level of punishment to deter corporations and their executives from engaging in price-fixing, bid-rigging and other cartel activity? 

That question was recently posed by the …

Neil Averitt commentary: The FTC’s greatest hits – in a trophy case

With the FTC observing its centennial anniversary, this is a good time to review the principal competition accomplishments of the last hundred years. And what better way to do this …