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No slam dunk for FTC lawsuit against DraftKings-FanDuel merger

It took about five months for the Federal Trade Commission under acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen to bring its first merger challenge — a lawsuit to block the tie-up of DraftKings and FanDuel, two daily fantasy sports firms — and the litigation quickly prompted second-guessing.

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Pahl pledges greater focus on economics in enforcement decisions

Though it’s been four years since Thomas Pahl worked at the Federal Trade Commission, he told FTC:WATCH that the thing that surprised him the most since returning as acting director of the Bureau...

Ohlhausen’s efforts lessen congressional interest in making agency changes

What a difference a year makes.

Amazon-Whole Foods deal gets ‘big is bad’ label, but leaves little opening for antitrust challenge

Alarm bells sounded almost from the moment Amazon announced its $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods, the natural foods supermarket chain, as an array of consumer activists and liberal...

Verizon-Comcast dispute over Internet advertising referred to FTC, FCC

Verizon says it offers the “fastest most reliable Internet available.” Rival Internet provider Comcast Communications doesn’t agree. Now the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications...

FTC to review TV display, spam rules as agency undertakes regulatory reforms

Starting in 1951, the Federal Trade Commission spent four years holding hearings on how advertisers should describe television screen-size, culminating in a 1966 rule requiring that TVs be...

Neil Averitt commentary: Sizing up how antitrust enforcers rule? Remember the hidden persuaders

The people who run the antitrust agencies are first-rate in assessing cost curves and entry barriers. That’s how they got their jobs. But they are also human beings — which means that other,...

Veteran antitrust lawyer Philip Verveer signs on with Venable

1958 hearing on MLB antitrust exemption serves up star power, laughs

Walgreens: Experience will help it gain FTC approval for revised Rite Aid deal

Judges receptive to LabMD appeal of FTC data security action

Car experts, privacy advocates debate security of connected cars at FTC workshop