Pahl replaces Rich as guard changes at Bureau of Consumer Protection

As this issue of FTC:WATCH goes to press, Jessica Rich, who has devoted most of her career to a variety of top posts in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, is leaving her job as director.

Next week, Thomas Pahl, who also spent much of his career at the FTC before moving on, will return to his old stomping grounds as the bureau’s acting director.

In interviews with …

Top FTC jobs don’t often lead to other top government gigs

As President Donald Trump searches for a permanent chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, whomever he picks won’t necessarily go on to greater glory.

In fact, if he were posting an …

Gorsuch seen as balanced antitrust professor who didn’t preach

While US Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch has strong views on antitrust policy, he didn’t use the classroom to impose them on his students.

Instead, the 49-year-old jurist President Donald Trump nominated …

FTC merger remedies study provokes plenty of debate

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent study evaluating merger remedies between 2006 and 2012 produced results that surely surprised no one, as the agency found that its approach works well in …

Stopping fake news: The FTC’s jurisdiction is likely limited

Fake news is viewed as unfair and deceptive. But don’t look to the Federal Trade Commission to control its prevalence just yet.

That’s because of the First Amendment and the ideological …

Ramirez ends seven years at FTC with legacy on competition, consumer protection

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Edith Ramirez probably never dazzled …

Neil Averitt commentary: Western Union case scores a hit on civil strategy, a miss on criminal deterrence

The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department have just wrapped up their successful efforts against Western Union for aiding and abetting fraud. These projects get a mixed report card. …