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Simons hits early snag in keeping FTC’s bipartisan tradition

It’s telling that in one of his first comments since being sworn in as Federal Trade Commission chairman, Joseph Simons expressed disappointment that the two newly installed Democratic members — Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Slaughter — opposed one of his appointments, Andrew Smith, to be director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

 
 

Senate Commerce panel to get new leadership

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will have a new chairman in 2019.

 
 

On enforcement, some of Simons’ senior staff picks lean toward throttling down

Since late last summer when it became apparent that President Donald Trump would nominate Joseph Simons to lead the Federal Trade Commission, the story line has been that he’d pursue an aggressive agenda.

 
 

Standalone FTC tech bureau seen as good idea, but experts spot pitfalls

Understanding emerging technologies has become so critical to the Federal Trade Commission’s mission, former Commissioner Terrell McSweeny said she’d like the agency to create a freestanding Bureau of Technology.  

 
 

Senate begins tackling Smarter Act

The Senate could follow the House and pass a bill that would more closely align the Federal Trade Commission's procedures for reviewing mergers with those of the Department of Justice, but with a twist.

 
 

AT&T-Time Warner merger trial: Musings from the press row

Paul Manafort was seated downstairs in the courthouse cafeteria one day in April, while reporters covering the AT&T-Time Warner trial gathered on the sixth floor, swapping stories of spotting him and hunching over devices to send final e-mails and tweets.

 
 

Neil Averitt commentary: Corporate culture, goodwill, and really cool cars

You have to hand it to the Germans. Most of the time they have good judgment about whom to salute. Their list includes long-established beer breweries and the makers of high-performance automobiles.

 
 

DOJ demurs on Illinois Brick repeal, this time anyway

US prosecutors passed up a chance to recommend that the Supreme Court reconfigure the framework for how plaintiffs seek damages for price-fixing, instead suggesting the justices reverse an appeals court ruling in favor of plaintiffs in an antitrust case against Apple.

 
 

Endo-Impax settlement procompetitive, eased access to generic Opana ER, judge rules

A settlement by Endo Pharmaceuticals with Impax Laboratories didn't violate antitrust law because “the evidence proves that the Endo-Impax Settlement was, on balance, procompetitive,” a judge ruled on Friday in dismissing a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission.

 
 

Bumble Bee CEO Christopher Lischewski indicted for alleged price-fixing

US prosecutors indicted Bumble Bee Seafoods’ CEO for alleged price-fixing Wednesday, the highest profile charges to date in the Department of Justice’s investigation into a conspiracy to fix prices on canned tuna.

 
 

People

FTC lawyer Dodge finalist for civil service award

 
 

Calendar

May 23-24 — Maneesha Mithal, associate director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, will speak at the Cybersecurity Law Institute. The event will take place at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-cybersecurity-law-institute/event-summary-15b3cc361a844162a6054cc5b2e0e83a.aspx.

 
 

FTC Briefs

 

Senators push for FTC probe of Google data collection

 
 

Lawmakers introduce bill allowing FTC to combat opioid treatment scams

 

DOJ Briefs

 

Ex-currency trader indicted in scheme to manipulate prices on foreign exchange