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FTC “dusting off” old tools as SCOTUS reviews disgorgement authority, Slaughter says

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has said the agency is already “dusting off tools that we haven’t used for a long time” – such as its ability to impose civil fines – in case the Supreme Court rules that the agency cannot seek monetary relief for consumers.

29 March 2021

Vestager: EU is “rethinking” deals involving nascent competitors

The European Commission is allowing national enforcers to refer deals to it that fall below their own notification thresholds in the hope that this will allow the agency to review more acquisitions of nascent competitors, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

26 March 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Telecoms, Media and Technology

GCR Interactive: Telecoms, Media and Technology took place on 2 and 3 March. A full recording is now available to watch.

26 March 2021

FTC official: New vertical merger guidelines “a giant step forward” despite criticism

Despite diverging views on the antitrust agencies’ new vertical merger guidelines, they “are a giant step forward from the prior guidance” issued in 1984 and will remain in effect until they are rescinded or replaced, a Federal Trade Commission official has said.

26 March 2021

Key Republican opposes creation of digital markets regulator

Ken Buck, the ranking Republican on the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee, has said conservatives’ “biggest fear” as Congress considers reforming antitrust laws is that a “mega-agency” will be created to oversee digital platforms.

26 March 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Antitrust Law Leaders Forum

GCR Interactive: Antitrust Law Leaders Forum took place on 4 and 5 February. A full recording is now available to watch.

25 March 2021

FTC probing new enforcement theories with healthcare mergers study

The Federal Trade Commission is searching for competitive harm beyond its traditional enforcement strategy in an ongoing study of healthcare facility consolidation, an official at the agency has said.

25 March 2021

Enforcers headline GCR’s Germany conference

Cani Fernández, the president of Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition, will give the keynote address at GCR Connect: Germany in May, while officials from Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will also speak at the event.

23 March 2021

CMA chief economist: DMA will capture more platforms than UK proposals

The UK’s proposed digital regulation will capture fewer online platforms than the EU’s Digital Markets Act, the chief economist of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

22 March 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Cartels

GCR Interactive: Cartels took place on 25 and 26 February. A full recording is now available to watch.

22 March 2021

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