... The FTC dragged an 84-year-old small business owner through two years of litigation because a foreign website made statements about a legal product that mid-level staffers at the FTC personally disapproved of. These same staffers couldn't be bothered to ascertain the actual owner of a website before spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to ruin a man who earned a few thousand dollars in a completely legal manner. These are the people who now claim the unrestricted authority to regulate every corner of the internet, including blogs, in the name of "consumer protection."
At a minimum, the FTC should end this case, but that's unlikely. Since Judge Chappell is only an "administrative" judge, his findings are subject to appeal . . . to the Federal Trade Commission itself. In previous cases, the Commissioners have a 100% reversal rate when the ALJ rules against the staff. And there's no time limit on internal appeals, so the FTC could drag Mr. Isely through another two years of administrative process before ultimately ruling against him - and establishing a binding precedent that an individual is personally liable for statements made about his product on other people's websites. Not exactly an optimistic future.