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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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...

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...

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...