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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 Brandeis. During a wide-ranging interview, Phillips critiqued the views of the so-called neo-Brandeisians and others who want to push the agency in a direction he thinks isn’t good for the economy.


Khan steers clear of Amazon during media speed dating

Several news outlets sought hints from Lina Khan about the likelihood of the Federal Trade Commission acting against Amazon. The agency is believed to be conducting an antitrust probe of the e-commerce giant.


On the Shelf: A conservative prescription for taming the administrative state

While overturning Roe v. Wade has been the top priority for conservative legal advocates, a close second has been taming the excesses of bureaucracy.


FTC could add chief diversity officer

The Federal Trade Commission is considering establishing a chief diversity officer at the agency, Chair Lina Khan said in an interview June 8.


Administrative law process facing judicial scrutiny

The Federal Trade Commission’s system of having an in-house judge try certain cases has long been targeted by conservatives seeking to reduce or eliminate its power. Those critics could get a boost from the Supreme Court in a pair of upcoming cases involving challenges to independent agencies’ use of administrative courts.


Katsaros’ selection as IG turned heads

Andrew Katsaros’ selection as inspector general for the Federal Trade Commission in late 2018 raised eyebrows for disregarding recommended eligibility requirements.


Neil Averitt commentary: 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.


Crypto scam losses top $1 billion since start of 2021

The pursuit of profit or love are the biggest factors behind the $1 billion that consumers have lost to cryptocurrency fraud since the start of 2021, the Federal Trade Commission said in a new report.


HSR filings in decline, but no sign FTC plans to reintroduce early terminations

Premerger notifications are falling, but there’s no sign the Federal Trade Commission is planning to reinstate early terminations or stop issuing warning letters.



Former FTC judge has second career writing thrillers



June 27 — Concurrences and the Computer & Communications Industry Association are sponsoring a conference on the “Rulemaking Authority of the Federal Trade Commission.” The conference will be held at the National Press Club. For more information, go to: https://events.concurrences.com/fr/ftc-rulemaking-authority-conference?lang=fr.


FTC Briefs


FTC sets conditions on PE firm’s acquisition


DOJ Briefs


Chicago flooring company, ex-president plead guilty to antitrust violations