Fate of big media mergers in 2018 remains uncertain

Whether buoyed by the notion that a Trump antitrust regime would take a hands-off approach, new telecom rules encouraging consolidation or huge payouts available to CEOs, 2017 became the year of the media merger.

AT&T-Time Warner, Sinclair Broadcast Group-Tribune Media, Discovery Communications-Scripps Networks, Meredith-Time Inc. and CBS Radio-Entercom Communications amounted to more than $107 billion worth of combinations. Even Walt Disney Co. agreed to buy 21st Century Fox’s movie and television …

Consumer advocates aren’t counting on FTC in likely CFPB fallout

Consumer advocates are scrambling to deal with the fallout from what they anticipate will be moves by the Trump administration to eviscerate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But they aren’t …

My Friend Cayla, other must-have toys come with privacy warning

Connected toys may seem like the perfect gift for kids this holiday season, and there’s no question they’re popular.

Sales of connected toys are projected to top $5 billion worldwide this …

DOJ official’s vow to speed merger reviews met with skepticism

When Donald Kempf made the pitch that the Justice Department is determined to reverse the trend in which merger reviews take longer and longer, his comments were met with skepticism.

At …

Deals with second requests slightly down

As the year wraps up, FTC:WATCH counts 13 pending big deals that have garnered second requests for more information — eight from the Federal Trade Commission and five from the …

Consumer initiatives kick off 2018, FTC says

Although the Federal Trade Commission’s top officials have acting in their titles, they aren’t letting that stand in the way of formulating an array of plans for next year.

These initiatives …

Neil Averitt commentary: What the Good Book says about trade regulation

It’s the end of December, a special time for seasonal observances and reflections on the year to come.

In this column we will look to see what the Bible has to …