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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FTC failed to enforce Facebook consent decree, critics charge amid firestorm

Top Federal Trade Commission officials boasted of their tough consent decree in 2011 that required Facebook to keep its promise to protect users’ information, but critics charge the agency failed...

McSweeny takes on DOJ’s Delrahim over patent hold-up

As she closes in on her final weeks as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, Terrell McSweeny apparently has decided to go out with a bang.

Declining budgets' effect on antitrust enforcement debated

A recently published analysis of yearly Hart-Scott-Rodino reports from 2010 through 2016 shows that while the US is experiencing a “merger wave,” enforcement has been stagnant, and funding for the...

Trump picks Slaughter for last FTC slot

President Donald Trump named the last of his appointees to the Federal Trade Commission when he picked Rebecca Slaughter, the chief counsel to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, for the...

Melding antitrust law, evangelical views

A merger that results in higher prices is not just harmful to consumers, it violates the Bible’s admonition against stealing. And stealing interferes with someone’s ability to use their property to...

Hacked much? Stop using ‘123456’ and other weak passwords, agencies warn

In an era of pervasive cybersecurity hacks, it would seem safe to assume that most people know to avoid using easy-to-guess, insecure passwords. That would be an incorrect assumption.