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Kovacic: FTC independence is fading

The Federal Trade Commission is likely to lose the deference of the courts as the executive branch takes on a more hands-on role with the agency’s work, former chair William Kovacic has said.

27 January 2023

Asian authorities must carefully choose theories of harm against Big Tech, says ICN expert

A non-governmental advisor at the International Competition Network has warned Asian antitrust agencies to ensure the general public can understand theories of harm against Big Tech companies, while an official at Korea’s Fair Trade Commission revealed his agency is preparing guidance on self-preferencing.

19 December 2022

Data deals undergoing heightened scrutiny in the US, CFIUS lawyer says

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has increased its focus on deals involving sensitive data sets to protect national security, a top foreign investment lawyer has said.

14 December 2022

Enforcers have undervalued innovation, CMA chief economist says

The UK’s chief competition economist has said antitrust authorities have allowed too many mergers in the tech space because they “undervalue innovation” and have become “paralysed” in the face of uncertainty.

05 December 2022

Failing firm defence comes down to takeover strategy, French mergers head says

The head of the French antitrust enforcer's mergers unit has said companies should not be scared of invoking the failing firm defence during merger reviews, but warned that internal documents and the manner of takeover are key to gaining approval.

02 December 2022

FTC official: Practitioners must use “best judgment” over Section 5 risks

The Federal Trade Commission should prosecute conduct far beyond what is prohibited by the Sherman Act following the recent revival of Section 5 of the FTC Act, the director of the agency’s healthcare division has said.

02 December 2022

EU can mitigate evidentiary issues from new foreign subsidy rules, official says

The head of the European Commission’s foreign subsidies taskforce has pushed back against claims the agency will have problems collecting information from non-EU countries to enforce the incoming regulation.

10 November 2022

ACCC chair queries if lack of competition proliferates social media scams

The head of Australia's antitrust watchdog has suggested that some social media platforms are not protecting users from scams because they do not fear losing their business to rivals.

10 November 2022

DOJ official: Biden Admin has made antitrust more democratic

The Biden Administration has taken “unprecedented” steps towards increasing public access to and understanding of US antitrust law, an official from the Department of Justice's antitrust division has said.

10 November 2022

“Symbiotic relationship” exists between antitrust and inequality, says former judge

Competition law can address inequality issues by ensuring corporate power does not deprive businesses of fair opportunities or leave consumers facing unnecessarily high prices, a former judge at South Africa’s Competition Appeal Court has said.

03 November 2022

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