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Global convergence at ABA annual conference

It was another record gathering last week in Washington for the annual spring meeting of the American Bar Association antitrust and consumer protection section. More than 2,900 people attended the conference at the J. W. Marriott Hotel and the National Press Club, up from about 2,800 the previous year.

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Consumer protection is all the rage

Move over, merger policy. Consumer protection is coming on strong at the FTC.

Antitrust Division promises continued aggressive enforcement

Top officials in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division put the large gathering at the ABA’s antitrust spring meeting on notice: government lawyers will put the pedal to the metal in their...

Airline merger continues to be contentious

The U.S. Airways merger with American Airlines, approved by the Justice Department in November, continues to draw very mixed reviews.

Commissioner Brill: data broker report won’t recommend rules

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill said she hopes the agency’s report on the data brokerage industry will be released soon but that when it does, it will not contain recommendations for proposed rules.

FTC files amicus brief on COPPA case

The FTC and the State of California recently both filed amicus briefs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in which they argued the lower court misconstrued a key federal law...

Neil Averitt Commentary: Section 5 panel needed a broader perspective

Everyone expects the panels at the Spring Meeting to be stacked in favor of the defense bar. But the panel on the future of Section 5 should have been different. The topic is fundamental to the...

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