Topic: Federal Trade Commission

FTC official: Existing tools can address issues raised by Big Tech

The existing antitrust framework provides tools that can address the competitive concerns raised by large technology companies, according to a Federal Trade Commission official.

05 February 2021

Challenges to FTC’s authority need to be resolved in Congress, Hoffman says

The issues raised by a series of cases challenging aspects of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority are “going to require a legislative package to fix”, a former agency official has said.

05 February 2021

FTC and DOJ temporarily suspend early terminations

The two US antitrust agencies have jointly suspended the practice of terminating preliminary merger investigations before the end of the traditional 30-day waiting period.

05 February 2021

Klobuchar introduces comprehensive antitrust legislation

Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced sweeping legislation that would make it easier for plaintiffs to challenge mergers and anticompetitive conduct, overhaul the budgets of the US antitrust agencies and empower them to issue civil fines.

04 February 2021

Ninth Circuit: Axon raises “serious” constitutional concerns about FTC

Axon has raised “substantial questions” about the constitutionality of the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative structure, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has said while determining that it does not have the authority to hear the police equipment maker’s case.

01 February 2021

FTC closes investigation into Tronox deal after abandonment

The Federal Trade Commission has revealed it opened and then decided to close an investigation into Tronox Holdings’ proposed purchase of TiZir Titanium and Iron (TTI) after the deal collapsed in the face of antitrust scrutiny.

01 February 2021

FTC challenges second settlement between Endo and Impax

Endo Pharmaceuticals abandoned its plans to re-enter the market for an opioid painkiller after concluding it would be more profitable to split monopoly profits with Impax Laboratories, the Federal Trade Commission has alleged.

29 January 2021

Ex-government officials advocate for regulation to tackle Big Tech

Regulation may be necessary if the US hopes to confront competition issues posed by the dominance of large technology companies, according to two former government officials.

28 January 2021

Ian Conner: the GCR exit interview

After two-plus years in the Federal Trade Commission’s front office, Ian Conner took over as the director of the agency’s competition bureau in December 2019. Set to depart in mid-February, Conner spoke with GCR USA about the agency’s accomplishments, the need for more funding and balancing the desires of divided leadership.

28 January 2021

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