The Federal Trade Commission has never been a favored child of the courts. Beginning with the first case to which the Commission was a party, the attitude of the judiciary has clearly been unfriendly. The Commission gets its powers from the Clayton Act and from the Federal Trade Commission Act. The courts have interpreted the Clayton Act strictly, and there is no sign of a change of heart by the majority of the Supreme Court in that respect; it is believed, however, that a few of the recent cases under the Federal Trade Commission Act, both in the Supreme Court and in the lower federal courts, show a trend toward widening the scope of the Commission's activities. At least the courts seem a bit more sympathetic toward the work of that body.