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In dysfunctional Washington, McSweeny says FTC is bipartisan, productive

As she nears the end of nearly four years as a member of the Federal Trade Commission, Terrell McSweeny laughs about having “really been part of four different commissions — one with five members, one with four, one with three and now one with two.”


JM Smucker and others still willing to roll dice with brow-raising deals

The day after the Federal Trade Commission challenged J.M. Smucker’s $285 million deal to acquire Conagra Brands’ Wesson cooking oil brand, the companies pulled the plug on the transaction.


Why Silicon Valley should worry about FTC chairman-to-be Simons

A confirmation hearing last month for the Federal Trade Commission’s soon-to-be Republican chairman went as expected last month except for one eye-opener: Joseph Simons told a Senate panel that he intends to pay close attention to Facebook, Google and other major technology companies to ensure they aren’t abusing their market power.


Privacy advocates intensify crusade to keep kids safe online

Two decades after the US passed its first online privacy law for children, a coalition of privacy advocates are starting to discuss how to strengthen the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.


Prolific and ‘zen’: Shapiro preps for case against AT&T-Time Warner merger

Carl Shapiro has spent the past three decades making a name for himself as one of the top economists in the antitrust world to hire as an expert witness in merger challenges.


Tronox deal rekindles debate over FTC administrative merger challenges

This month Tronox stood down from its unusual lawsuit to force into federal court the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge of its acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business.  


Neil Averitt commentary: Business libertarians win pyrrhic victory on ‘consumer welfare’ standard

Right about now, the proponents of a hands-off, business libertarian approach to antitrust enforcement must be wondering whether their recent victories on doctrine and vocabulary have come at too high a cost.


Antitrust exemptions are a rare, controversial commodity

Newspapers are the latest business sector seeking not to have to comply with some antitrust laws. If history is a guide, though, the chances of that happening aren’t great.


Retailers say FTC’s contact lens rule changes will help competition

Strengthening the rules for providing patients with access to their contact lens prescriptions will boost competition and benefit consumers, leaders of several major retailers told the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday.


Without regulatory fix, Palmore sees no end to data breaches

From an anonymous suburban office park in Silicon Valley, a team of federal investigators under M.K. Palmore reached around the world last year to unmask four men accused of looting personal data from more than 500 million Yahoo accounts.



Antitrust veteran Soven jumps to Wilson Sonsini



March 22 — The American Antitrust Institute is sponsoring a conference on “Applying the Antitrust Laws to Digital Platforms.” The conference will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/events/aai-digital-platforms-roundtable.


FTC Briefs


FTC proposes repeal of picture tube rule


Prevent gift card losses for Toys R Us customers, Schumer tells FTC


DOJ Briefs


Ultra Electronics drops Sparton deal after DOJ raises questions