Bedoya, focused and passionate, talks about putting consumers first

Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya just reached his six-month work anniversary. The former Senate staffer and Georgetown University professor arrived at a time of incredible activity at the FTC. It issued an advanced notice of proposed...

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Some hits and a miss in Section 5 policy statement

The diplomat Talleyrand, who represented post-Napoleonic France at the make-or-break Congress of Vienna, cautioned his staff to move only in measured steps: “Above all,” he said, “no zeal.” This would have been equally good advice for the Federal Trade Commission’s policy statement on Section 5...

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In dysfunctional Washington, McSweeny says FTC is bipartisan, productive

As she nears the end of nearly four years as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, Terrell McSweeny laughs about having “really been part of four different commissions — one with five members,...

JM Smucker and others still willing to roll dice with brow-raising deals

The day after the Federal Trade Commission challenged J.M. Smucker’s $285 million deal to acquire Conagra Brands’ Wesson cooking oil brand, the companies pulled the plug on the transaction.

Why Silicon Valley should worry about FTC chairman-to-be Simons

A confirmation hearing last month for the Federal Trade Commission’s soon-to-be Republican chairman went as expected last month except for one eye-opener: Joseph Simons told a Senate panel that he...

Privacy advocates intensify crusade to keep kids safe online

Two decades after the US passed its first online privacy law for children, a coalition of privacy advocates are starting to discuss how to strengthen the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Prolific and ‘zen’: Shapiro preps for case against AT&T-Time Warner merger

Carl Shapiro has spent the past three decades making a name for himself as one of the top economists in the antitrust world to hire as an expert witness in merger challenges.

Tronox deal rekindles debate over FTC administrative merger challenges

This month Tronox stood down from its unusual lawsuit to force into federal court the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge of its acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business.