Deceptive ads face regulatory heat

The Federal Trade Commission has made waves in recent months with several cases charging well-known companies with making deceptive advertising pitches.

Such cases are nothing new at the agency — advertising substantiation has been a mainstay of the commission’s enforcement program for decades. However, its challenges in the past six months to national, well-represented firms, especially for making misleading health claims, have drawn attention from attorneys who closely follow the agency’s work …

Volkswagen less than forthcoming in probe of environmental marketing claims

Volkswagen “has not been forthcoming” with the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into its emission systems, leading the agency to send document requests to numerous Volkswagen and Audi dealerships in the US …

Critics, somewhat belatedly, emerge to take shots at Charter-Time Warner Cable deal

Suddenly Charter Communications’ push to win regulatory approval for its $67 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks is taking heavy flak from some of the same …

No love for FTC in media stories about Cruz

The Federal Trade Commission is making a rare cameo appearance in this year’s presidential campaign. But given the adjectives used to describe the agency, this may be an instance when …

GE-Haier deal not raising concerns yet

What a difference a few months make.

While General Electric’s proposed $3.3 billion sale of its appliance division to Electrolux raised considerable eyebrows and was ultimately withdrawn, its proposed $5.4 billion …

Car dealers attacked, defended at FTC auto workshop

A record 17.5 million new cars were sold last year in the United States, totaling some $570 billion in sales, so it’s not too surprising that a Federal Trade Commission …

Neil Averitt commentary: The big inflection point appears to be at hand

Trends continue in regular and predictable ways. Until one day, they don’t. In just this way, the familiar, generation-long trend toward ever more lenient antitrust standards may be about to …