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  • April 02, 2024

    People

    VanDruff elected managing partner of Kelley Drye

  • April 02, 2024

    Neil Averitt commentary: Doubts on the ‘union grocery labor’ market in Kroger case

    In its complaint against the Kroger-Albertsons merger, the Federal Trade Commission has included a novel count involving effects on the purchase of “union grocery labor.” Although imaginative, this may prove to be a bridge too far, misapplying antitrust tools in an effort to reach policy goals that more properly belong to the Labor Department.

  • March 12, 2024

    Privacy Corner: Troutman Pepper aids clients as cyberattacks rise

    With cyberattacks growing, Sadia Mirza and Stephen Piepgrass at Troutman Pepper are leading the firm’s new Incidents and Investigations team. The duo combines field expertise with regulatory know-how to offer clients a lifeline that lasts through litigation.

  • March 12, 2024

    With Republican commissioners confirmed, FTC is now at full strength

    Now that the Federal Trade Commission has a full roster of members for the first time since October 2022, it will change the nature of debate at the agency.

  • March 12, 2024

    Neil Averitt commentary: Making a good anti-collusion program even better

    The Procurement Collusion Strike Force at the Justice Department’s antitrust division is a fine and successful program. It could also be improved if it were given a wider mission and began to work with a broader range of informants on possible collusion.

  • March 12, 2024

    Biden hopes for political gains from FTC-DOJ task force

    President Joe Biden has entrusted the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s antitrust division to co-chair an interagency strike force targeting unfair and illegal pricing. He’s also following a long tradition of using antitrust and consumer protection as part of a broader political strategy.

  • March 12, 2024

    DOJ antitrust enforcers’ grip on merger fees slips during congressional budget battle

    Antitrust enforcers’ efforts to rein in Big Tech and others could take a major hit as the congressional battle continues over a budget deal needed to avert a government shutdown.

  • March 12, 2024

    Calendar

    April 3-4 — The International Association of Privacy Professionals is holding its Global Privacy Summit 2024 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC. For more details, go to: https://iapp.org/conference/global-privacy-summit/.

  • March 12, 2024

    FTC data identifies fraud hotbeds

    Data from the Federal Trade Commission showed scam reports are most prevalent in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia and Nevada.

  • March 12, 2024

    People

    Posner goes back to MoloLamken

  • March 12, 2024

    Price-gouging crackdown gets help from Democratic lawmakers

    The Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general would have the power to enforce a federal ban against grossly excessive price increases, according to legislation introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Jan Schakowsky.

  • March 12, 2024

    On the Shelf: An influential tech reporter disses and reflects

    Traditionalists argue that journalists are supposed to be storytellers and not the center of the story. For better or worse, Kara Swisher never got that message.

  • March 12, 2024

    FTC backs Colorado right-to-repair bill

    The Federal Trade Commission is supporting Colorado’s right-to-repair bill.

  • March 12, 2024

    DOJ focused on breaking up monopoly chokepoints, Kanter says

    The Department of Justice intends to enforce antitrust laws against gatekeepers to ensure competition in the US economy. DOJ antitrust chief Jonathan Kanter said the division is “laser focused” on breaking up monopoly chokepoints and preventing new ones before they arise.

  • February 27, 2024

    Calendar

    March 13 — The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is sponsoring a virtual discussion on “The Future of American Innovation: A Conversation With Lina Khan.’’ It will take place at noon. For more information, go to: https://carnegieendowment.org/2024/03/13/future-of-american-innovation-conversation-with-lina-khan-event-8255.

  • February 27, 2024

    Eyeing diversity, Nguyen builds top-tier tech team

    When the Federal Trade Commission created a new Office of Technology a year ago to help the agency police evolving technology and understand market trends, Chief Technology Officer Stephanie T. Nguyen wanted it to do more than just operate devices and software.

  • February 27, 2024

    House Republicans criticize Khan’s priorities, leadership

    The Republican-led US House Judiciary Committee has issued an interim report accusing Democratic Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan of abusing her power and fostering an environment of low morale.

  • February 27, 2024

    Commenters express support for proposed junk fee rules

    A rulemaking to ban hidden and falsely advertised fees has received significant support in thousands of comments from the public.

  • February 27, 2024

    After ‘noisy exit’ from FTC, Wilson makes comeback as Freshfields adviser

    Christine Wilson is back on the antitrust scene as a Freshfields adviser after a 10-month career hiatus sparked by a “noisy exit” from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • February 27, 2024

    Kroger, Albertsons sued by FTC, eight states that allege deal will hurt shoppers, workers

    Kroger and Albertsons were sued by the Federal Trade Commission and eight states Monday in federal district court in Oregon alleging the companies’ proposed transaction will eliminate competition in the market for groceries and other household essentials, spurring higher prices and lower quality products.

  • February 27, 2024

    Capital One-Discover deal is set to face intense antitrust scrutiny

    Capital One’s proposed acquisition of Discover Financial Services for $35.3 billion is certain to attract a lot of antitrust scrutiny from regulators given how concentrated the credit card issuer market is in the US and the consolidating nature of their deal — vertically integrating Capital One’s credit card lending business with Discover’s network.

  • February 27, 2024

    White House guidance for shielding kids online due soon, but legislation remains uncertain

    Social media companies are facing pressure from multiple areas of the government to further implement safeguards for children online, with the White House gearing up to release guidance this spring.

  • February 27, 2024

    FTC seeks comments on horseracing regulations

    The Federal Trade Commission has revised rules governing its oversight of the Horseracing Safety and Integrity Authority. The public may submit comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking until April 8.

  • February 27, 2024

    Four defendants plead guilty to asphalt bid-rigging schemes

    Two Michigan companies and two individuals have pleaded guilty to rigging bids for asphalt paving services contracts in the state, the Department of Justice announced.

  • February 27, 2024

    Neil Averitt commentary: Pursuing the good Robinson-Patman case

    Price discrimination seems to be back on the Federal Trade Commission agenda. The agency is reportedly conducting the first serious Robinson-Patman Act investigations in decades.

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