FTCWatch
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FTC suffers another legal blow to enforcement arsenal

The Federal Trade Commission faces difficult strategic choices after a federal court delivered a body blow to the heart of its enforcement program, reviving chatter that the agency is facing an “existential threat.”

 
 

Democratic presidential candidates aim to boost media competition

Banning big media mergers, revamping private equity rules and exempting some media companies from antitrust laws. These are among the proposals of Democratic presidential candidates seeking to reduce what they've described as too much media concentration.

 
 

‘Game-changing’ Google settlement with FTC has businesses fretting over impact

Even as Andrew Smith, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, exalted the agency’s “game-changing” $170 million settlement with Google, businesses were scrambling to figure out what it means for them.

 
 

Fixes for mergers raise questions about intent of Congress

Antitrust authorities and academics have conducted numerous studies to determine whether the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have been successful remedying anticompetitive mergers.

 
 

Finch talks politics of antitrust, DOJ stint

Antitrust is making huge headlines and a former Justice Department official said the additional attention is healthy for the field.

 
 

EU-US Privacy Shield violators settle FTC complaints

The Federal Trade Commission has settled actions accusing five companies of falsely claiming certification under the EU-US Privacy Shield framework.

 
 

Neil Averitt commentary: State enforcers lay out big risks in T-Mobile-Sprint union

The Justice Department’s antitrust division has negotiated a settlement in the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, but a coalition of states is continuing the battle. 

 
 

With Google probe, states uncork strong rhetoric against company once known for ‘Don't Be Evil’ motto

One by one, the top law enforcement officials from a dozen states walked to the podium on the steps of the Supreme Court and characterized Google as something akin to a corrupt traffic cop or a malevolent, all-seeing spy.

 
 

DOJ must overcome Noerr-Pennington in probe of BMW, Ford emissions pact with California

The Department of Justice is investigating carmakers BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen over an agreement with a California agency related to vehicle emissions. The only problem? The manufacturers’ agreement may be immune from federal antitrust scrutiny because of a legal doctrine aimed at protecting the rights of people and companies to petition the government.

 
 

Novelis, Aleris reach agreement with DOJ that should secure deal in US

Novelis and Aleris have reached an agreement with the Department of Justice that lays out an elaborate set of contingencies for the agency's challenge to their deal, but every scenario should culminate in US antitrust clearance.

 
 

People

Leslie Overton joins Axinn

 
 

Calendar

Sept. 23 — Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim will speak at the Department of Justice’s workshop on “Competition in Labor Markets.” The event will take place in the agency’s Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Building in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: https://www.justice.gov.

 
 

FTC Briefs

 

CBD companies warned against making pseudo health claims

 

DOJ Briefs

 

CVS Health-Aetna deal gets court approval