The White House officially announced yesterday that President Biden intends to nominate Lina Khan to serve as an FTC Commissioner.

Ms. Khan is currently an associate professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches and writes about antitrust law, infrastructure industries law, and the antimonopoly tradition.  She previously served as counsel to the House Judiciary

The FTC has provided its annual update to the CFPB on the FTC’s FDCPA activities.  The latest update covers the FTC’s 2020 activities.  In addition to remaining an FTC focus, unlawful debt collection practices have been identified as a CFPB priority by Acting Director Dave Uejio and Director-nominee Rohit Chopra.  In the letter, the FTC

Despite wide-spread expectations that the full Senate will confirm Rohit Chopra as CFPB Director before the end of this month, we now understand that the Biden Administration is likely to seek a delay in Mr. Chopra’s confirmation until it fills the FTC vacancy created by the resignation of former Chairman Joseph Simons. 

Mr. Simons’ resignation

FTC Chairman Joseph Simons has announced that he is resigning from the FTC, effective January 29, 2021.  Rebecca Slaughter, one of the two current Democratic FTC Commissioners, has been named Acting FTC Chair by President Biden.  In addition to announcing his own departure, Mr. Simons announced the departure of a number of other senior

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it settled an action it filed against AppFolio, Inc. (“AppFolio”), regarding alleged unfair or deceptive acts or practices, in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45, and violations of multiple provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681– 1681x,

On December 15th, the FTC announced in a press release that it had reached a settlement with a mortgage industry data analytics company to resolve allegations in the FTC’s administrative complaint that the company had failed to ensure one of its vendors was adequately securing personal data about tens of thousands of mortgage holders under

In its second case against a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider, the FTC announced that it has reached a proposed settlement with Alcazar Networks Inc. and its owner Gavin Grabias concerning the FTC’s charges that they facilitated tens of millions of illegal telemarketing phone calls.  The proposed settlement bars Alcazar and Grabias from

The FTC has announced a settlement of its first enforcement action targeting the practice of “debt parking.”  As described in the FTC’s complaint filed in a Missouri federal district court against Midwest Recovery Systems, LLC and its owners, this practice, also referred to as “passive debt collection,” involves the placing of purported debts on consumers’

In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the FTC alleges that a company that distributes a mobile banking application (App) and its founder who is the company’s sole officer have engaged in deceptive practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC by making misrepresentations regarding consumers’