Online celebrities in hot water with FTC over posts

Government agencies often are rapped for being unresponsive when their work is criticized, but the Federal Trade Commission has shown that it takes such opinions seriously.

The agency sent warning letters to 21 “influencers”— online celebrities who tout products on Instagram and other platforms — advising them that they must disclose business ties, payments or other connections to the product or service being promoted.

Practitioners see these letters as a signal that …

Lenovo settles but FTC splits over nuances in ‘deceptive omission’ case

A few minutes into a press call about the privacy and data security settlement that the Federal Trade Commission and 32 states struck with global computer maker Lenovo, FTC acting …

Marino likely to leave antitrust panel for Trump post

A key lawmaker who was one of President Donald Trump’s earliest backers is about to change his focus from fighting trusts to fighting drugs.

Representative Thomas Marino, the House’s top lawmaker …

Former FTC chief Ramirez joins Hogan Lovells

Former Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has joined Hogan Lovells as co-head of the firm’s antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice. She also plans to play an “active role” …

A rocky union: Monitors and the companies they watch over

The antitrust agencies’ use of monitors has been praised for ensuring companies comply with their merger settlements, and pilloried for their excessive costs and disruptive demands.

These monitors, which are paid …

Monopolists’ largesse helped build national parks

If you spent part of your summer in a national park enjoying the beauty of nature, you might have to thank a monopolist or one of his heirs.

That’s because many …

Neil Averitt commentary: ‘Fat Leonard’ sheds light on business torts as antitrust violations

Business torts need to be included in the universe of possible antitrust violations, and now the lurid case of a Malaysian naval contractor called “Fat Leonard” shows us why. This …