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  • August 29, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: What should we be asking from the economics profession?

    The release of the draft merger guidelines is an occasion to think about the work of industrial organization economics because the guidelines so conspicuously declined to rely on economic writings.

  • August 29, 2023

    Arguments over HSR revisions echo debate from 1970s

    The current debate about changing the rules on premerger notifications has its origins in the controversial legislative handiwork of three iconic members of Congress.

  • August 29, 2023

    On the Shelf: The relationship between two political giants

    While not in the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln stratosphere, the number of trees that have given their lives to produce books about Theodore Roosevelt is impressive.

  • August 29, 2023

    People

    Wong-Ervin jumps to Jones Day

  • August 08, 2023

    FTC defends Illumina-Grail analysis, agency’s constitutionality in brief to appeals court

    The Federal Trade Commission properly analyzed Illumina’s $8 billion acquisition of Grail, and there is no constitutional defect in its structure or procedures, the agency told a federal appeals court.

  • August 08, 2023

    Top DOJ official invites feedback on new merger guidelines

    David Lawrence, policy director with the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, discussed the need to use binding court precedents and connect them to economic policies and principles to create new vertical merger guidelines.

  • August 08, 2023

    Calendar

    Sept. 6 — The American Bar Association is sponsoring “The New Merger Guidelines Workshop: Evolution or Revolution?” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: https://web.cvent.com/event/4c18ffcb-960d-4fd7-bf46-965791f7c4a6/summary?utm_medium=&utm_campaign=&promo=.

  • August 08, 2023

    FTC combats fraud for non-English speakers

    The Federal Trade Commission has focused on consumer protection for non-English speakers, such as by suing the companies behind Ganadores, which allegedly bilked Spanish-speaking consumers out of millions of dollars.

  • August 08, 2023

    Proposed changes issued for Amplifier Rule

    The Federal Trade Commission issued supplemental proposed amendments to its Amplifier Rule in an attempt to help consumers make direct comparisons of home entertainment amplifiers.

  • August 08, 2023

    Antitrust litigation titan Cuneo dies

    Jonathan Cuneo, a prominent antitrust lawyer who fought aggressively in the courtroom and boxing ring, died on July 26.

  • August 08, 2023

    With labeling law, senators push to give FTC more power in e-commerce sector

    The Federal Trade Commission would have the power to penalize foreign companies if they don’t properly state where an online product was manufactured, according to the provisions of a bill voted out of the Senate Commerce Committee.

  • August 08, 2023

    FTC wants input on new parental consent mechanism

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments about a new mechanism that uses facial recognition for obtaining parental consent under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule.

  • August 08, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: Major questions and textualism, a major threat to antitrust enforcers?

    Ever since the Supreme Court decided West Virginia v. EPA last year, the antitrust profession has been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will the courts start applying the major questions doctrine to find that enforcement actions were not properly authorized?

  • August 08, 2023

    People

    Dulani joins Stinson

  • August 08, 2023

    National Consumer League’s priorities include ticketing, PBMs

    Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League since 2007, says the Federal Trade Commission should give more attention to live event ticketing.

  • August 08, 2023

    Levine sees ‘paradigm shift’ in US privacy enforcement

    Since early May, the Federal Trade Commission has launched unprecedented legal action to block Meta Platforms from monetizing the data of young people, and it has completed the first significant federal privacy enforcement cases against Microsoft and Amazon.

  • August 08, 2023

    Complaints about credit bureaus increase

    Consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission about credit bureaus are on the rise.

  • August 08, 2023

    On the Shelf: Private equity villains

    Private equity firms are usually criticized for decimating companies they buy in the name of efficiency and bigger revenues. The firms say they’re merely rightsizing the companies they’ve purchased.

  • July 25, 2023

    Calendar

    Aug. 10 — Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter and Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan are participating in a virtual discussion on “Breaking Down the New Merger Guidelines.” The event, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, is sponsored by the American Economic Liberties Project and other organizations. For more information, go to: https://www.economicliberties.us/.

  • July 25, 2023

    House takes step toward cutting FTC budget

    House Republicans are putting their proverbial money where their mouths are when it comes to expressing their dissatisfaction with the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement approach.

  • July 25, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: Convening a blue-ribbon commission on antitrust

    We may have a new blue-ribbon commission on antitrust doctrine in our future, at least if Joe Sims has his way.

  • July 25, 2023

    US Sugar, Imperial win against DOJ on appeal over merger

    The decision allowing US Sugar’s acquisition of Imperial Sugar can stand, a federal appeals court ruled, dealing a loss to the Department of Justice.

  • July 25, 2023

    Push by Republican states to craft privacy laws may be hindering US federal legislation

    Republican efforts at the state level to pass comprehensive privacy laws are complicating moves by Republicans in Congress to do the same thing nationally.

  • July 25, 2023

    New draft merger guidelines issued by FTC, DOJ

    The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have released a draft update of their merger guidelines, outlining 13 principles the agencies will consider when reviewing transactions, including priorities that have not previously been identified in the guidelines as areas of focus.

  • July 25, 2023

    ‘Clean beauty’ claims need clarification, industry says

    Cosmetic companies are saying they would welcome guidance from the Federal Trade Commission to clear up the understanding of “clean beauty.”

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