A united front: The Tipline for 11 January 2018

The news is starting to pick up after a slow start to 2018. Today we have the head of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition sticking up for the Department of Justice’s decision to challenge the AT&T/Time Warner merger; a direct purchaser bringing another cartel lawsuit against Japanese manufacturers accused of fixing prices of circuit board components – this time, it’s inductors – and the DOJ investigating a trade association’s mandatory ethical guidelines.

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