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  1. April 11, 2014

    Criminal probe launched into Herbalife

    The US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating Herbalife, the multi-level marketing...

  2. April 10, 2014

    Companies told they can share cyber threat information

    Companies that declined to share cyber threat information with each other out of fear of violating antitrust laws no longer...

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  1. March 24, 2014

    Icahn boosts influence at Herbalife

    Carl Icahn has increased his influence in the boardroom at Herbalife, the vitamin supplements company which is dealing with...

  2. FT Alphaville

    March 24, 2014

    McCrum smackdown watch, Hempton edition

    John Hempton is fed up with with our focus on internal consumption as one of the key legal aspects to the debate about...

  3. FT Alphaville

    March 21, 2014

    Keep an eye on the FTC vs Burnlounge

    While waiting for the next installment in the Herbalife saga, which may include some changes to the board, there is a...

  4. March 14, 2014

    US wades into Herbalife dust-up

    For more than a year, the question of the fundamental corporate legitimacy of Herbalife has been overshadowed by rival...

  5. March 12, 2014

    Herbalife hit by US ‘pyramid scheme’ probe

    The US Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal investigation into Herbalife, the multi-level marketing company that...

  6. FT Alphaville

    March 12, 2014

    The FTC has opened an investigation into Herbalife [Update]

    After we got in touch with the company to tell them we were writing this story, they halted trading and put out a statement...

  7. FT Alphaville

    February 24, 2014

    Not just Herbalife, but an entire industry selling to itself

    The Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Volume 6, Issue 4 will not hit the shelves of your lending library until...

  8. FT Alphaville

    February 10, 2014

    The multi-level endgame, part one: the FTC

    OK, endgame might be premature, this Herbalife saga has plenty of life in it yet. But after more than a year of debate, and...

  9. FT Alphaville

    January 29, 2014

    Oh, Canada

    If you go back to the very first post in our Living the Herbalife series, you’ll play spot the difference between two...

  10. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2014

    A serious senator takes aim at Herbalife

    Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass): Herbalife may be a purveyor of health and wellness products, but some of its distributors...

  11. January 15, 2014

    Apple to pay out millions over app billing

    Apple must pay tens of millions of dollars in compensation to parents whose children bought unexpected upgrades in apps and...

  12. FT Alphaville

    January 10, 2014

    Nothing new under the sun, warehousing edition

    As they say on Battlestar Galactica, “all this has happened before and all this will happen again”. And it’s not just Joseph...

  13. December 26, 2013

    Apple fined in Taiwan for price restrictions

    TAIPEI, December 26 – Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission fined Apple $666,700 for restricting the prices charged by local...

  14. FT Alphaville

    December 20, 2013

    Ten weird things about the Herbalife saga

    That CNBC half hour doesn’t make the cut as there is nothing inherently weird about two showman billionaire rivals having a...

  15. FT Alphaville

    December 13, 2013

    A few reasons to sell Herbalife

    So Bill Ackman gave it one more concerted public shot. After spending a year of his life and half a billion or so of...

  16. November 21, 2013

    Nokia patent licensee complains to competition regulators

    Sierra Wireless, the Canadian technology group, has complained to the European Commission and the US Federal Trade...

  17. FT Tech Hub

    November 18, 2013

    Latest Google privacy fine: $17m

    Europe may be more sensitive to breaches of online privacy, but the US has levied larger penalties when things go wrong. The...

  18. FT Alphaville

    November 8, 2013

    The Herbalife buy case

    This could be a four word post – Bill Ackman is wrong – but for reasons that we’ll explain here and in the next post, the...

  19. FT Alphaville

    October 24, 2013

    The FTC is standing in a shrinking circle of grey

    Up until now the FTC has been the ghost in the machine as the debate about Herbalife’s business model has raged. Often...

  20. October 17, 2013

    Patent wars unite US left and right

    A decade ago, the top technology companies in America usually did not face more than a handful of patent lawsuits against...

  21. September 28, 2013

    US regulator turns its sights on patent trolls

    The US Federal Trade Commission has taken the first step towards an in-depth investigation of alleged abuses of the US...

  22. September 25, 2013

    US Senate expands data privacy investigation

    Several companies that are the target of a US government investigation into the data broker industry have refused to reveal...

  23. FT Alphaville

    September 25, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan has an in-depth look at Herbalife and the FTC. Izzi sees a world of “inexhaustible...

  24. FT Alphaville

    September 25, 2013

    Herbalife and the FTC

    Which was your favourite Herbalife moment this year? The billionaire playground spat, an inside trading auditor, the dubious...

  25. FT Alphaville

    September 11, 2013

    When Latinas attack: perhaps the strongest anti-Herbalife letter yet

    There have been several letters this year to the FTC urging it to investigate claims that Herbalife is a dastardly pryamid...

  26. September 5, 2013

    Facebook in fresh privacy fight

    Facebook is facing the prospect of another battle with privacy advocates over its latest policy revisions, with users under...

  27. August 22, 2013

    China antitrust push draws ire of US companies and regulators

    US regulators and businesses have spoken out against an antitrust enforcement push by Chinese authorities as the issue...

  28. August 19, 2013

    Privacy on the line

    A coalition of US telecommunications and cable providers is lobbying to be regulated in privacy matters by the Federal Trade...

  29. August 18, 2013

    Telecommunications industry lobbies to relax privacy rules

    The biggest US cable and telecommunications companies, including Comcast and Verizon, are pushing for a relaxation of...

  30. August 7, 2013

    Obama patent move caps new Apple march on Washington

    When President Barack Obama stepped in on behalf of Apple last weekend and overturned a US International Trade Commission...

  31. July 24, 2013

    US finds funeral homes in violation of consumer protection laws

    Federal investigators conducting undercover inspections of US funeral homes found 18 per cent of businesses visited to be in...

  32. July 16, 2013

    Consumer groups push for funeral deal to be put six feet under

    Federal regulators have launched an antitrust investigation into the merger of the two largest funeral services companies in...

  33. July 2, 2013

    Ardagh and Saint-Gobain to fight probe into glassmaker deal

    French industrial group Saint-Gobain and Irish glass bottle maker Ardagh have said they will work together to try to...

  34. June 17, 2013

    Payments to delay generic drug rivals to be scrutinised

    Payments by drug companies to delay generic competition will be open to fresh antitrust scrutiny in the US, following a...

  35. June 17, 2013

    Herbalife faces challenge of greater transparency over sales

    Herbalife sells nutritional shakes and pills through a network of self-employed salespeople it calls distributors. While its...

  36. June 16, 2013

    Pharmaceutical groups face penalties for generic deals

    Payments by pharmaceutical companies to generic rivals to delay the launch of competing medicines are coming under fresh...

  37. June 13, 2013

    FTC urged to probe Herbalife claims

    Linda Sanchez, a Democratic US representative from California, has urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate...

  38. June 12, 2013

    Consumers seek a way to draw the veil back over their lives

    At a recent talk in London, Google’s Eric Schmidt gave some advice to those worried about the increasingly online and...

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