Dispute over competition regulation seen as debate over democracy

The link between market competition and democracy is creating an intellectual tug-of-war between progressives and their conservative counterparts.

Neill Averitt

The great fashion-model conspiracy

The antitrust profession thinks of labor cases as a recent policy innovation. But on the important topic of wage collusion, they date back several decades, at least to the Federal Trade Commission’s memorable case against the great fashion-model conspiracy of 1993.

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Oops. FTC reconsiders and takes Phoebe Putney back to court

For awhile there, it looked like the protracted litigation involving the FTC’s challenge to Phoebe Putney Health System Inc.’s acquisition of rival Palmyra Park Hospital, Inc. in Albany, Ga., might...

Cautious, affable new Commissioner talks about her priorities

It took the better part of a year for the dysfunctional Senate to act on her nomination, but Terrell McSweeny seems right at home. Since being sworn into office at the end of April as the fourth...

Brill says FTC will try to avoid new privacy rules

Like many lawyers and regulators (to say nothing of regulators who are lawyers), Commissioner Julie Brill is often big on rules. But on a slew of privacy-regulated issues, she said the focus in the...

Questions raised by split vote in pay-for-delay case

As FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez spoke with reporters about the Commission’s recent case against several pharmaceutical firms for allegedly scheming to delay consumers’ access to lower-cost generic...

Dollar-store takeover battle draws antitrust scrutiny

Big money is on the table in the high-stakes acquisition battle raging around three discount retail merchandisers.

Neil Averitt commentary: Challenges to bad-faith patent claims on the horizon

The FTC is likely to start moving more aggressively against unwarranted, bad-faith assertions of patent rights. The recent AndroGel complaint sets down a marker on that. However, the exact breadth...