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Senator Mike Lee talks SMARTER Act, merger scrutiny and Supreme Court whispers

During his 16 months as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Senator Mike Lee has kept the panel on an active schedule of hearings that have examined specific pending deals and scrutinized the antitrust work of the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. FTC:WATCH recently sat down with the youthful 44-year-old Utah Republican elected in 2010.

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Ramirez cites diversity issues and limited resources as biggest challenges

Making sure that the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection efforts reach an increasingly diverse population has been one of the major challenges of her tenure, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez...

Obama administration admits competition is lagging after more than 7 years in office

During his 2008 presidential campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama lambasted the George W. Bush administration for its weak performance in enforcing antitrust laws, and promised, that if elected, he...

Fierce battle erupts between contact lens retailers and optometrists

It didn’t take long for a fierce lobbying battle to erupt after Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and John Boozman introduced a bill that would change the prescription verification process for...

Pay-for-delay cases belong in-house at FTC, not in federal court, Ohlhausen says

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Privacy advocates to FTC: Give more guidance on mobile medical apps

While the Federal Trade Commission has joined other agencies in issuing best practices for mobile health applications, privacy and industry advocates want more guidance from on high.

Neil Averitt commentary: Hurdles rising for defense-industry mergers

Mergers among defense contractors are about to become more difficult. Exactly how much more difficult remains to be determined, but we can make some educated guesses.

Hesse likely to continue Baer's aggressive enforcement stance on proposed mergers, focus on SEPs

Judge questions FTC economist's data during Staples-Office Depot hearing