FTC Dems Hint At Tougher Stance On 'Unfair Competition'

By Bryan Koenig (November 1, 2019, 4:30 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission's two Democrats appear intent on pushing the boundaries of the agency's enforcement, chastising their Republican colleagues for a "no-money, no-fault" settlement with an online cosmetics company accused of posting fake reviews to drive traffic. While arguing for a tougher consumer protection penalty, they hinted that the commission should have employed its antitrust authority too.

In a statement last week joined by fellow Democratic Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra argued that cosmetics company Sunday Riley Modern Skincare LLC should face financial and other penalties and not just an order to refrain from fabricating more online product...

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