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Current Issue: 972

Battle intensifies over best way to boost journalism

No one disputes that the business model for journalism faces serious challenges, but the debate over a proper fix has become increasingly contentious.

 
 

Graham, Walden exiting committee leadership posts overseeing FTC

Two Republicans with considerable say about congressional oversight of the Federal Trade Commission are leaving their posts when the current Congress ends next year.

 
 

A bad merger proposal? It's in the eye of the beholder

Four years ago, the Justice Department’s top antitrust official said some proposed mergers were so ill-advised, so obviously non-starters, that they should never have emerged from the corporate boardroom.

 
 

In suit against FTC, supplement company cites Trump executive order

That didn’t take long.

 
 

Sunday Riley case exposes FTC split over policing bogus reviews

It all depends on what the meaning of protection is. Federal Trade Commission members often praise the virtues of the agency’s efforts to protect consumers against deceptive practices. But they recently split along party lines about how aggressively to come down on a cosmetics company that had its employees post fake product reviews.

 
 

Convicted of rigging Libor, ex-Deutsche Bank trader rails against DOJ in new book

Former Deutsche Bank trader Matthew Connolly, on trial last fall for charges of manipulating a major interest benchmark, describes in his new book some important considerations while bracing for long days in Manhattan’s federal court.

 
 

Neil Averitt commentary: Challenges to NCAA pay rules aren’t an antitrust slam dunk

With much fanfare, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Oct. 29 it is considering new rules to permit college athletes to receive compensation for use of their name, image and likeness. But these rule changes are coming reluctantly and only as a result of pressure from state legislation.

 
 

Class action notices face difficulties in the age of spam

Successful class actions often end with money for victims. Maybe not a lot — but something.

 
 

T-Mobile-Sprint order from FCC gives some fodder to states, but helps companies more

The order approving T-Mobile’s plan to buy Sprint by the Federal Communications Commission contains some details that could bolster states’ fight against the deal while also handing an overarching victory to the companies.

 
 

Otto Bock, Freedom Innovations must unwind merger, FTC rules

Otto Bock Healthcare and Freedom Innovations must unwind their 2017 merger, the Federal Trade Commission said, ruling unanimously that the combination harmed competition in the market for microprocessor prosthetic knees.

 
 

‘Self-preferencing’ by Big Tech getting increasing attention from regulators

Big Tech has a conflict of interest problem.

 
 

People

DOJ’s antitrust appellate chief moves to Gibson Dunn

 
 

Calendar

Nov. 12 — The American Antitrust Institute is sponsoring its 13th Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference and Antitrust Enforcement Awards Dinner. The conference will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: https://www.antitrustinstitute.org.

 
 

FTC Briefs

 

Utah, FTC sue over real estate seminar scheme

 
 

Internet transactions made up big share of fraud incidents, survey finds

 

DOJ Briefs

 

Symrise to divest plant in $900 million food ingredients deal