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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Hoffman lauds FTC staff for high morale in challenging times

For more than an hour in his spacious office on a Friday afternoon, Bruce Hoffman comfortably responded to a barrage of questions about the workings of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal...

Slaughter draws battle lines over vertical mergers

Federal Trade Commission member Rebecca Slaughter took aim at arguments often cited to support vertical mergers, drawing a sharp line between her views and those of her Republican colleagues.

Two Senate Republicans emerging as Big Tech critics

Most of the political criticism of Big Tech and monopolies has come from Democrats, but a handful of Republicans want a piece of the action as well.

YouTube privacy investigation gains momentum

The Federal Trade Commission's investigation of YouTube for jeopardizing children’s privacy offers the agency a chance for redemption.  

Some 2020 candidates say naming Big Tech companies to break up is wrong

After the 2016 US presidential election, it seems silly to debate how a candidate should act. But that hasn’t stopped two Democratic contenders from criticizing their peers for prematurely naming...

DOJ dispels notion of ‘print is dead’ with Quad-LSC suit

The Justice Department’s lawsuit to block Quad/Graphics’ purchase of LSC Communications shows, yet again, executives’ comments can provide ammunition against deals those same honchos would like to...