FTC Blogs

What does it take to settle a merger case?

Look at any recent merger settlement accepted by the Commission and the answer is clear: An acceptable merger remedy must eliminate the potential for anticompetitive effects that would likely occur if the merger were to proceed. Typically this means creating another competitor to take the place of one of the merging companies so that customers are not harmed by the merger. In short, a merger remedy must fix the specific competitive problems created by the merger.

Month of the Military Consumer

Servicemembers and their families make many sacrifices to keep the rest of us safe.  They face unique challenges, including the stresses of deployment and frequent moves.  Unfortunately, scammers see those sacrifices as an opportunity to create confusion and drum up endless varieties of trickery to separate military personnel from their money.

National Privacy Research Strategy outlines US privacy research agenda

The White House recently released the first ever United States “National Privacy Research Strategy,” which identifies priorities for privacy research funded by the Federal government. While focused on government, the strategy is also intended to spur similar private sector efforts. I participated in the working group that developed the strategy and am excited to see it published.

Webinar: Helping Reentrants be Informed Consumers

Do you work or volunteer with people who are restarting their lives after being incarcerated? Then you’ve probably seen first-hand how important it is that people reenter society with skills to help them make good financial decisions. Effective reentry strategies reduce crime and enhance individual and community well-being. The FTC has free materials to help people reentering society understand background checks, manage money, spot and avoid scams, avoid identity theft, and make good buying decisions. Join our webinar to learn how our resources can support reentry, parole and corrections programs – and share your ideas about the kinds of information this community needs. All FTC resources are free and have no copyright restrictions, and we’ll ship you as many as you need for your program. For free.

Webinar: Helping Reentrants be Informed Consumers

Do you work or volunteer with people who are restarting their lives after being incarcerated? Then you’ve probably seen first-hand how important it is that people reenter society with skills to help them make good financial decisions. Effective reentry strategies reduce crime and enhance individual and community well-being. The FTC has free materials to help people reentering society understand background checks, manage money, spot and avoid scams, avoid identity theft, and make good buying decisions. Join our webinar to learn how our resources can support reentry, parole and corrections programs – and share your ideas about the kinds of information this community needs. All FTC resources are free and have no copyright restrictions, and we’ll ship you as many as you need for your program. For free.

It’s no longer business as usual at Herbalife: An inside look at the $200 million FTC settlement

Multi-level marketer Herbalife will pay $200 million back to people who were taken in by what the FTC alleges were misleading moneymaking claims. But when it comes to protecting consumers, that may not be the most important part of the just-announced settlement. What could matter more than $200 million? An order that requires Herbalife to restructure its business from top to bottom – and to start complying with the law.