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Non-compete rulemaking faces legal hurdles but could help Biden politically

The Federal Trade Commission’s rulemaking on non-compete agreements faces legal obstacles but could reap political and public policy benefits even if it’s struck down in court.


ESG practices draw congressional scrutiny

Political tensions over the intersection of antitrust law and Environmental, Social and Governance policies may signal trouble for the Federal Trade Commission. Lawmakers are already intensifying their scrutiny of merger activity.  


On the Shelf: Buck makes the conservative case for antitrust reform

The adage “everything has been said but not everyone has said it,” is an appropriate description of many aspects of modern political discourse.


A look at options for taming Ticketmaster’s monopoly

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have a lot on their consumer protection and antitrust to-do lists after a Senate hearing on abuses in the ticket industry.


Privacy Corner: Qureshi seeks to hold tech giants accountable

College student Zamaan Qureshi wants to serve as the voice of a younger generation calling for safer social media platforms.


Petition pushes for online ad changes

A petition filed this month by a Brooklyn Law School professor asks the Federal Trade Commission to set the rules of the road for online ads.


Neil Averitt commentary: Chess cheating, defamation and the Twombly pleading standard

It’s an unusual legal story that involves international chess tournaments, the Twombly standard for pleading collusion, Arthur Schopenhauer, and radio-controlled vibrating sex devices — all at the same time. But this is such a story.


DOJ’s Google suit offers second shot at tech giant’s ad empire as Texas fights separate battle

Google is now fighting essentially the same battle in two different courts against two different coalitions of enforcers, broadening the tech giant’s exposure to a potential court loss that could see it forced to divest parts of its digital advertising business.


US merger probes fell in 2022, but 60 percent resulted in litigation or abandonment, report says

Significant US merger investigations hit a decade low in 2022, but the number of deals that were abandoned or litigated increased dramatically, according to the most recent edition of law firm Dechert’s DAMITT report on merger trends.



Nevo becomes Bureau of Economics director



Feb. 21-25 — Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson will speak at the virtual 25th annual George Mason Law Review. For more information, go to: https://gai.gmu.edu/george-mason-law-review-25th-annual-antitrust-symposium/.


FTC Briefs


FTC marks Identity Theft Awareness Week


Congresswoman Foxx tries to ban unwanted political calls


DOJ Briefs


Construction company owner sentenced for fraud scheme