FTCWatch
Current Issue: 997

Political, judicial tests await FTC in coming year

The Federal Trade Commission starts the new year and a new administration with slightly more money and enforcement power but is facing political and judicial storm clouds ahead.

 
 

With Dems poised to control Senate, Klobuchar’s antitrust agenda could gather steam

With the expected change in partisan control of the Senate, those who want to reform antitrust laws will have a strong ally in the new chairwoman of the chamber’s Judiciary antitrust subcommittee.

 
 

New administration may shift enforcement amid Privacy Shield fallout

“Our privacy enforcement is better than any in the world,” Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips bragged recently.

 
 

For Black antitrust lawyers, top DOJ, FTC posts remain elusive

Doha Mekki’s family moved from Sudan to Charlotte, North Carolina, when she was four years old, so her mother could pursue a PhD in architecture. A military coup propelling Omar al-Bashir to power in the summer of 1989 then led to the withdrawal of her mother’s scholarship. The following year the family was granted political asylum in the United States.

 
 

Privacy Corner: Gray combines love of science, law in tackling privacy risks

Stacey Gray studied biology in college with plans to become a physician. Then a political science course changed her career trajectory.

 
 

Pujo committee hearings on big banks helped shape antitrust law

A devoutly religious politician from the mid-Atlantic region had just defeated a Republican president. But instead of partisan bickering or street protests, the weeks after the election featured congressional hearings that laid the groundwork for major antitrust reforms.

 
 

Neil Averitt commentary: Simon & Schuster acquisition is deeply problematic

Publishing conglomerate Penguin Random House plans to buy venerable trade book publisher Simon & Schuster, in a move sure to cause hives at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.

 
 

As income scams rise, FTC mounts lawsuits

The Federal Trade Commission is sending a tough message to scammers that luring consumers with false promises of income won’t be tolerated, especially as the nation grapples with a period of staggering unemployment.  

 
 

Biden attorney general pick Garland grounded in antitrust law

Merrick Garland will bring experience as a former antitrust law professor and appellate judge to the Justice Department if confirmed as attorney general and will face the challenge of leading an agency plagued by accusations of improperly motivated law enforcement during the Trump administration, including in antitrust.

 
 

Delrahim discusses major decisions, rifts with FTC, staff morale as his departure nears

Makan Delrahim, head of the Department of Justice's antitrust division, has resigned and will step down from his position as President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Delrahim, who led the division for more than three years, leaves behind some unprecedented and sometimes polarizing decisions that he discussed in an interview with MLex.

 
 

Mobile-gaming industry anchored by Apple, Google app stores to face greater FTC scrutiny

In a signal that the Federal Trade Commission will soon increase its scrutiny of the mobile-gaming industry, the agency’s two Democratic members say the industry’s structure under the dominant Apple and Google app stores is causing major competition and consumer fraud problems.

 
 

FTC faces uphill challenge during Supreme Court arguments over ability to obtain remedies

Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism about the Federal Trade Commission’s argument that it be allowed to use a key legal provision to seek restitution for unfair and deceptive practices.  

 
 

People

Antitrust veteran Murino joins Kirkland & Ellis

 
 

Calendar

Jan. 26-27 — Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, is giving the keynote address at the State of Net Conference. For more information, go to: https://www.stateofthenet.org/sotn-21/.

 
 

FTC Briefs

 

FTC adjusts civil penalty amounts for 2021

 
 

Everalbum settles facial recognition suit

 

DOJ Briefs

 

Private high schools agreed to eliminate AP courses, DOJ says