News on the Federal Trade Commission, tasked with consumer protection in the U.S.

At the end of October, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) communicated a significant shift in their enforcement guidance regarding competition among employers to limit or fix terms of employment for potential hires.  View Full Post
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced the release of new guidance for businesses on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the FTC Act. View Full Post
Patent assertion entities (PAEs), firms that purchase pre-existing patents and then license them for products that are already on the market, have been derided as “patent trolls” and “extortionists,” while their defenders have argued that they are an efficient platform between individual inventors and manufacturers. View Full Post
Last week the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice jointly issued guidance to educate companies, and in particular human resource professionals, on how antitrust laws apply in the employment arena, particularly with respect to hiring and compensation matters. View Full Post