Antitrust agencies could draw greater scrutiny if GOP takes the House

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice could draw greater scrutiny from Republican lawmakers in the House who would chair panels with jurisdiction over antitrust and consumer protection.

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Waving the ‘rule of law’ banner against Biden’s enforcers

Business libertarians used to make policy arguments, saying the government shouldn’t unduly limit business freedom. Now, in a switch to a more aggressive posture, they often attack the legitimacy and budgets of President Joe Biden’s enforcement agencies.  

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Q&A: Getting candid with Noah Phillips

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips spoke with FTCWatch reporters June 7 on a balcony outside his office overlooking 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Inside his office, a picture hangs on the...

Khan steers clear of Amazon during media speed dating

Several news outlets sought hints from Lina Khan about the likelihood of the Federal Trade Commission acting against Amazon. The agency is believed to be conducting an antitrust probe of the...

FTC could add chief diversity officer

The Federal Trade Commission is considering establishing a chief diversity officer at the agency, Chair Lina Khan said in an interview June 8.

Administrative law process facing judicial scrutiny

The Federal Trade Commission’s system of having an in-house judge try certain cases has long been targeted by conservatives seeking to reduce or eliminate its power. Those critics could get a boost...

Katsaros’ selection as IG turned heads

Andrew Katsaros’ selection as inspector general for the Federal Trade Commission in late 2018 raised eyebrows for disregarding recommended eligibility requirements.

Neil Averitt commentary: What changes are coming with the merger guidelines?

The antitrust agencies are busy considering possible revisions to the horizontal merger guidelines. Recent speeches and writings by some key players give us hints of what the final product might...

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A conservative prescription for taming the administrative state

While overturning Roe v. Wade has been the top priority for conservative legal advocates, a close second has been taming the excesses of bureaucracy.