Topic: Federal Trade Commission

Wilson: Resolve Big Tech cases before reforming antitrust laws

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said she “would love to see the outcomes” of the antitrust cases against Google, Facebook and e-prescription technology company Surecripts “before we engage in sweeping overhauls and reforms”.

12 April 2021

Phillips encourages FTC study of rules rolled back during covid-19

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips is calling on his agency to analyse the impacts of rules and regulations that state and local governments have retracted amid the covid-19 pandemic.

09 April 2021

Phillips less concerned with identity of companies when reviewing cases

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips has said he is less worried about which entity is the target of enforcement action and “more concerned with conduct the company is undertaking”.

07 April 2021

Supreme Court justices press NCAA about student-athlete compensation

Justices of the Supreme Court have expressed varying concerns about issues related to the compensation of student athletes, questioning the National Collegiate Athletic Association about its operation of a system that has been found to restrain competition for player talent.

01 April 2021

FTC challenges Illumina’s purchase of cancer test manufacturer

Illumina’s proposed $8 billion acquisition of Grail could give it sole control over the market for certain cancer-screening tests, the Federal Trade Commission has alleged in a lawsuit seeking to block the merger.

31 March 2021

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

Slaughter launches FTC rulemaking group

The Federal Trade Commission is forming a new group intended to “activate” its competition rulemaking authority, acting chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has said.

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they “are a giant step forward from the prior guidance” issued in 1984 and will remain in effect until they are rescinded or replaced, a Federal Trade Commission official has said.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

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

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