Topic: Federal Trade Commission

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

IMF recommends competition policy changes to address market power concerns

The rise in corporate market power in the US and other international economies could be addressed through pro-competition regulation and adjustments to competition policy, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.

16 March 2021

Scott Morton backs Biden administration to tackle exclusionary conduct in drugs markets

Challenging pharmaceutical companies’ exclusionary conduct is a “low-hanging fruit” that could help the Biden administration lower the cost of drugs in the US, a former Department of Justice official has said.

12 March 2021

Facebook moves to have FTC and states’ suits dismissed

Facebook has asked a federal judge in Washington, DC, to dismiss a pair of lawsuits alleging it illegally maintained its monopoly over personal social network services.

11 March 2021

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