Topic: Federal Trade Commission

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they “are a giant step forward from the prior guidance” issued in 1984 and will remain in effect until they are rescinded or replaced, a Federal Trade Commission official has said.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

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

FTC not backing down after Jefferson/Einstein loss, official says

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent failure to block the merger of two Philadelphia hospitals will not cause the agency to ease back, an official at the agency has said.

25 March 2021

Wilson: Qualcomm case should not lay foundation for removing FTC’s antitrust authority

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said the circumstances around the agency’s Qualcomm case are “incredibly unique” and the matter should not form the basis for changing the structure of US antitrust enforcement.

22 March 2021

Phillips: Facebook “no” vote goes to the integrity of merger review process

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips has said that he voted against the agency’s monopolisation case against Facebook because of how much time has passed since the company acquired Instagram and WhatsApp.

19 March 2021

Slaughter: Clearer bright-line rules “would absolutely prevent more mergers”

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has expressed support for Congress adopting clearer standards for merger enforcement as members of the US House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee consider how to curb the power of dominant technology companies.

19 March 2021

Alden Abbott: the GCR exit interview

As the Federal Trade Commission’s general counsel, Alden Abbott sought to protect the agency’s ability to claw-back defendants’ ill-gotten gains, helped author its novel 1-800 Contacts decision and consulted regularly with individual commissioners. Now a senior research fellow with George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, Abbott spoke with GCR USA about his three-year stint as the FTC's chief legal officer, the agency's Qualcomm case and proposed antitrust policy reforms.

18 March 2021

FTC seeks new approach for reviewing pharmaceutical mergers

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a working group of international enforcers looking for new ways to analyse and challenge pharmaceutical mergers.

17 March 2021

Morrison & Foerster adds former DOJ enforcer

Alexander Okuliar, the former deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, has joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner in Washington, DC.

17 March 2021

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