Lipsky talks continuity at FTC, but wants some changes

Shortly before he took the post as acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, veteran antitrust lawyer Abbott (Tad) Lipsky was asked at a George Mason University symposium what he sees as the biggest areas of continuity and of change between the Trump administration and the Obama administration.

Lipsky, who assumed his new post on March 6, was uncharacteristically reticent in responding. “It will be a lot of …

LabMD fires latest salvo at FTC in data security battle

A very closely watched data security case — the first one to go to trial — pitting the Federal Trade Commission against LabMD over the adequacy of the now-defunct cancer …

Independent commissioners have shaped key FTC decisions

President Donald Trump has been unconventional in many ways, and he could continue that pattern by not naming Democrats to fill vacancies on the Federal Trade Commission.

Although Trump hasn’t officially …

Critics to FTC: Don’t accept partial divestitures as remedies in mergers

After a recent review of its remedies in merger cases, the Federal Trade Commission found that partial divestitures rather than transfers of entire businesses haven’t worked very well.

That conclusion was …

Lawmakers mulling smaller steps on consumer privacy, data breaches

Protecting consumer privacy and combating data breaches are two topics talked about ad nauseam on Capitol Hill, but lawmakers can’t find consensus to take action on. That may change this …

In private practice, Gorsuch called for greater transparency in class action settlements

Before joining the bench, Neil Gorsuch — President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court — represented objectors in a number of class actions, an experience that led him to …

Neil Averitt commentary: Bribes, shakedowns and the ins and outs of foreign corrupt practices

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a monument to high ideals. It forbids firms from bribing foreign officials and requires that facilitation payments be properly recorded on the books. Much …