David Lazarus

David Lazarus is an award-winning business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on consumer affairs. He also appears daily on KTLA-TV Channel 5 and is a part-time radio host. His work appears in newspapers across the country and has resulted in a variety of laws protecting consumers.
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This top FTC official is so conflicted, he has to leave the room if Facebook gets mentioned

Andrew Smith, head of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, has had financial dealings with no fewer than 120 companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Uber.

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California Inc.: The clock is ticking on the holiday shopping season

How are holiday sales looking? We’ll get a better sense when retail sales for November are released Friday. Foot traffic was down at traditional retailers on Black Friday but preliminary data indicate online sales continued to grow. We'll see how it all shook out.