Tough road ahead for antitrust bills

With lawmakers off to a slow start on dealing with antitrust legislation, the rest of the year is filled with uncertainty.

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Is Big Data crucial for competitiveness? Sometimes yes, sometimes no

Big Data is always good to have, but sometimes it only needs to be “good enough.”

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Slaughter voices concerns about impact of systemic bias on divestitures

A Democratic Federal Trade Commission member expressed concern about the ways that systemic bias can affect the agency’s divestiture process, and said the agency must make clear that minority-owned...

In class action targeting elite schools, antitrust carveout faces threat

A class action could imperil the antitrust exemption of some colleges and universities and cost them millions of dollars.

Ex-FTC lawyer wants makeover of Facebook customer service

Social media companies’ inscrutable customer service would get a makeover under a petition by a retired Federal Trade Commission attorney.

Cruise line settlement paints picture of robocall recidivism

A group of cruise line telemarketers who used illegal robocalls to generate business are facing hefty fines and court injunctions. The defendants include firms that are brazen repeat offenders,...

Big Tech push to get Khan, Kanter recused takes hit as judge OKs FTC’s Facebook case

Big Tech’s efforts to force Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan and Department of Justice antitrust division head Jonathan Kanter to be recused from their agencies’ scrutiny of the digital...

Biden plan to boost meatpacking competition will also depend on investigations, new rules

The Biden administration's plan to fund independent meat processors and encourage whistleblowers marked an aggressive move into competition enforcement in agriculture, but the ultimate results are...

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Kwoka offers possible glimpse of FTC merger actions

John Kwoka is about to live out every academic’s fantasy. The prolific scholar who has long advocated for tougher antitrust enforcement has been hired as the economics adviser to Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan. In this role, he’ll draw up a revised version of the agency’s merger...