Category Archives: Federal Trade Commission

Can Law Students Make a Difference in Consumer Law?

by Jeff Sovern In his new book, Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy, Chris Hoofnagle writes (at page 137) about a 1971 petition by five GW law students to the FTC. The students urged the Commission to bar companies from making unsubstantiated claims and to require that chemically identical products be labeled to indicate […]

Hoofnagle on Privacy and the FTC’s Bureau of Economics

Chris Jay Hoofnagle of Berkeley has written Privacy and Security Through the Lens of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics.  Here's the abstract: At the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), all privacy and security matters are assigned to a consumer protection economist from the agency’s Bureau of Economics (BE). The BE is an important yet […]

Dee Pridgen’s Review of Chris Hoofnagle’s Federal Trade Commission: Privacy Law and Policy

Chris Jay Hoofnagle, FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION:  PRIVACY LAW AND POLICY (2016) Reviewed by Dee Pridgen Chris Hoofnagle has put together an impressive, authoritative and useful treatise on the law of consumer privacy in the U.S. and the role of the Federal Trade Commission.  This book is an excellent read for all those interested in consumer […]

Beales & Murris on the FTC

Howard Beales of George Washington University's School of Business and Timothy J. Muris of George Mason have written FTC Consumer Protection at 100: 1970s Redux or Protecting Markets to Protect Consumers? 83 George Washington Law Review 2157(2015).  Here is the abstract: Throughout most of the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) history, the agency has been […]

Hoofnagle on the FTC’s Privacy Assessments

Chris Jay Hoofnagle of Berkeley has written Assessing the Federal Trade Commission's Privacy Assessments, 14(2) IEEE Security & Privacy 58–64 (Mar/Apr. 2016).  Here is the abstract: Consumer protection regulators worldwide share basic problems: the companies that regulators police are so powerful and rich that fines do not matter. Consider the French with their €150,000 fine […]

FTC Consent Decree Would Allow Dealers to Sell Certified Cars with Safety Defects

by Jeff Sovern Some auto dealers advertise and sell "certified" used cars. The word "certified" conveys that the car has gone through a process of inspection and that any problems have been remedied. At least, that's how I understand it.  Sometimes, however, these certified cars have been recalled for safety defects which have not been repaired. The FTC has reached […]

Josuhua Wright & John Yun on the FTC’s Unfairness Power and Digital Platforms

Former FTC Commissioner Joshua D. Wright, now of George Mason,  and John M. Yun of the FTC have written Stop Chug-a-Lug-a-Lugin 5 Miles an Hour on Your International Harvester: How Modern Economics Brings the FTC's Unfairness Analysis Up to Speed with Digital Platforms, 6 George Washington Law Review,  2130 (2015). Here is the abstract: In this […]

“FTC to Clarify Its Powers to Police Unfair Competition”

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Federal Trade Commission in its 100-year history has never agreed on formal principles for policing companies engaged in “unfair” competition. That looks set to change. Members of the FTC are close to a bipartisan agreement to lay out for the first time how the commission views its authority to […]

FTC acts against scheme to access seniors’ bank accounts

The Federal Trade Commission announced: Medicare Card Scheme Took Money from Seniors’ Bank Accounts A group of scammers who falsely promised consumers new Medicare cards in order to obtain their bank account numbers and debit their accounts will be banned from selling healthcare-related products and services under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlements […]