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Coronavirus raises new challenges for lawyers in and out of government

Bruce Hoffman had just joined a new law firm when the coronavirus began wreaking economic havoc across the country.

 
 

Antitrust policy wasn’t a priority for Biden before hitting campaign trail

During his 36 years on the Senate Judiciary Committee, likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was an active legislator on a range of issues including civil rights, women’s rights, judicial confirmations and national security law. But when it came to matters of antitrust policy, not so much.

 
 

Stanley Sporkin, scourge of corporate malfeasance, dies at 88

Retired US District Judge Stanley Sporkin, whose opinion in one of the Microsoft antitrust cases was overturned and is considered by some to be an example of judicial overreach, died on March 23. He was 88.

 
 

Chopra, others blast proposed change to agriculture rule

When Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra criticized a proposed rule change by the Agriculture Department for failing to protect family farmers, he wasn’t alone.

 
 

TikTok's woes continue even as it shifts course on privacy, controls

In the year since the Federal Trade Commission hit popular video app TikTok with a $5.7 million fine for illegally collecting children’s information, TikTok has made changes. But the Chinese company’s legal and regulatory woes are still mounting in the US and around the world.

 
 

Fraud case over high-tech backpack stalls due to coronavirus pandemic

A lawsuit accusing a Texas man of “deceptively” raising crowdfunded money for a high-tech backpack but failing to deliver the product has hit a snag due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 

Neil Averitt commentary: Getting away and staying in with two state enforcers

We’re all familiar with at least some of our colleagues in the federal enforcement agencies. We also have a sense for how they spend their free time and what makes them tick. But how much do we know about our colleagues in the newly assertive state agencies?

 
 

2008 financial crisis may offer road map for fast-tracked merger reviews amid coronavirus outbreak

Antitrust regulators were forced at times to abandon normal merger review processes during the 2008 financial crisis and may face the same need for quick action amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

 
 

On Big Tech, T Mobile-Sprint and other key DOJ issues, Delrahim adds little detail to House inquiries

The Department of Justice’s antitrust chief played aggressive defense as he parried a list of questions from Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee about the relationship between the nation’s antitrust agencies, the DOJ’s probes of tech companies and his role in brokering a settlement of the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.

 
 

People

Mucchetti jumps from DOJ to join Clifford Chance

 
 

Calendar

May 13 — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop on proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule, which requires financial institutions to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program. The workshop will be held at the Constitution Center in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: https://www.ftc.gov.

 
 

FTC Briefs

 

More unlawful debt collectors must pay up

 

DOJ Briefs

 

California beer measure raises antitrust concerns