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Pulling no punches, Delrahim faces critics, talks up job he loves

In a wide-ranging, hour-long telephone interview from Paris where he was attending the OECD Global Forum on Competition, Makan Delrahim pulled no punches.

 
 

Moiseyev reflects on successes, frustrations as FTC antitrust enforcer

Michael Moiseyev wants to go out on top. The longtime head of the Federal Trade Commission’s Mergers 1 Division has never had one of his settlement recommendations overturned by the agency. He has about a month left on the job and hopes to keep that streak.

 
 

Are Delrahim’s actions troubling? Antitrust insiders weigh in

When President Donald Trump revealed Makan Delrahim as his pick for the Justice Department’s antitrust chief in March 2017, attorneys in the field responded with enthusiasm.

 
 

Second requests involving big deals remain unchanged since mid-year

As 2019 ends, FTCWatch counts 15 big deals that have garnered “second requests”— eight from the Federal Trade Commission and seven from the Department of Justice. Our list in July featured 15 mergers, and last December there were seven such deals.

 
 

Bitcoin’s popularity surges in online extortion scams

Scammers are using an old trick to defraud people out of new crypotcurrencies, the Federal Trade Commission said.

 
 

Gates to Rockefeller: How a monopolist shapes philanthropy

Charitable giving, especially around the holidays, evokes images of kindness and good will toward others. But much of the current system of philanthropy was set up by people with mixed reputations.

 
 

Neil Averitt commentary: New books fuel widening debate on antitrust policy

The long-frozen consensus in antitrust policy has finally cracked open.

 
 

Injunction against Facebook would be rare, bold step

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly considering whether to seek an injunction to block Facebook from integrating its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram services. An injunction would represent a bold, almost unprecedented move for the agency and help it respond to criticism that it’s been too easy on the social network and that its investigations come too late to fix problems in fast-moving markets.

 
 

FTC economist Kobayashi to step down, return to teaching

Bruce Kobayashi, the Federal Trade Commission’s top economist, will leave the agency this month.

 
 

Roche-Spark deal faces FTC Republicans who overruled Democrats on BMS-Celgene

Roche’s acquisition of Spark Therapeutics is pending before a Federal Trade Commission that was starkly divided along party lines in a recent pharma deal that the Republican majority was willing to allow.

 
 

DOJ renews warning against special interests hijacking setting of standards

Companies including Symantec and Broadcom under scrutiny by the Justice Department for their conduct in standards bodies should take note of an agency advisory letter stressing the importance of involving a group that sets global standards for mobile devices.

 
 

People

Petrizzi gets major award for public service

 
 

Calendar

Jan. 28 — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a workshop called “You Don't Say: An FTC Workshop on Voice Cloning Technologies.” It will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Constitution Center in Washington, DC. For more information, go to: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/you-dont-say-ftc-workshop-voice-cloning-technologies?utm_source=govdelivery.

 
 

FTC Briefs

 

University of Phoenix to pay $191 million over deceptive ads

 
 

Cambridge Analytica deceived consumers, FTC finds

 

DOJ Briefs

 

Rising Pharmaceuticals admits to fixing prices