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 wall of conservatives’ bête noire, Louis...

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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 look like.

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As mergers in healthcare sector multiply, clashes between states and FTC grow

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent challenge to the proposed merger of two West Virginia hospitals pits the agency against the state’s attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, who had earlier reached...

Marriott-Starwood deal could cause some travelers sleepless nights

Concerns of business and leisure travelers, who fear higher prices and fewer choices, will play into the government's review of Marriott International’s proposed $12.2 billion acquisition of...

Bill Baer’s tough call: whether to challenge the AB InBev-SAB Miller deal

Bill Baer was in his first week as head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division in January 2013 when he had to decide whether to challenge Anheuser-Busch InBev’s proposed mega-deal to...

New York lawsuit and DOJ probe could push FTC on fantasy sports

Two online fantasy sports sites already being investigated by the FBI and being sued by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could also come under scrutiny for deceptive marketing by...

On 20th anniversary, officials praise antitrust-IP guidelines as needing little update today

Guidelines on antitrust enforcement in the intellectual property arena, issued 20 years ago, are still highly relevant today, and no significant revisions are needed, top officials at the US's two...

FTC staff to appeal ruling dismissing case against LabMD

The Federal Trade Commission’s staff is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit that charged that LabMD, a medical testing company, had failed to provide reasonable security to protect consumers’...