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Airline collusion probe reignites debate over mergers

Ever since the Justice Department settled its lawsuit challenging the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in 2013, critics have blasted the deal, charging that it increased the likelihood that the country’s major air carriers would engage in collusive conduct. Now that the department has launched an investigation into whether some airlines are conspiring to maintain high airfares, these critics are feeling vindicated.

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Merger activity still rising; regulator workload rising too

Some $1.7 trillion in merger deals were announced worldwide during the first half of 2015, an increase of 11.6 percent over the same period in 2014, according to data compiled by Mergermarket, a...

Sysco Judge Mehta has initiation by fire into antitrust arena

It’s the judicial equivalent of being put into a playoff game several months after being called up to the major leagues.

Sewage officials want FTC to flush false wet-wipe claims

Water sanitation officials from around the country are urging the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on what they say are false claims being made by wet-wipe manufacturers that their products...

DOJ leans in to challenge Electrolux-GE merger

Nine years ago, the Justice Department’s antitrust division attracted some public criticism when it decided not to block Whirlpool’s purchase of Maytag, which reduced the number of competitors in...

Young magistrate judge building legal legacy in Silicon Valley

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Neil Averitt commentary: A sure way to predict FTC enforcement action

In public meetings and private gatherings, antitrust enforcers often muse about their concerns, interests, and possible new policies. But how can you tell where they are really planning a serious...

Controversial class action legislation pending on Hill