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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Neil Averitt commentary: Walgreens-Rite Aid deal poses too much uncertainty, risk

Walgreens’ proposed acquisition of Rite Aid, which would create the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is getting close to a decision point. There’s a good chance the deal will be approved by the...

Trump officials will revive ‘Baxter doctrine’ ditched by Obama team, Lipsky says

It’s not quite five months into the Trump administration and the antitrust bar is still speculating about what to expect. Yet, the remarks of some top players at the Federal Trade Commission leave...

Blackburn’s online privacy rights bill faces uncertain future

After Congress nixed the Federal Communications Commission’s rules on Internet privacy, there is now a struggle over how to balance consumer protection with the business interests.

Don’t look for FTC to fill gap if Congress cuts CFPB’s powers

As Republican lawmakers continue to try to rein in the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there’s chatter that if the agency loses some turf, perhaps the Federal Trade Commission...

Target, states reach sweeping data breach settlement, but FTC isn’t involved

Behind the recent headlines about Target agreeing to the largest multi-state settlement for its massive data breach — $18.7 million to be divided among 47 states and the District of Columbia — is a...

‘House of Truth’ sheds light on antitrust during height of modern liberalism

President William Howard Taft was a seminal figure in antitrust enforcement, widely praised in some circles as being more of a scourge of trusts than his iconic predecessor and frenemy Theodore...