Topic: Legislation and guidance

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they “are a giant step forward from the prior guidance” issued in 1984 and will remain in effect until they are rescinded or replaced, a Federal Trade Commission official has said.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

Key Republican opposes creation of digital markets regulator

Ken Buck, the ranking Republican on the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee, has said conservatives’ “biggest fear” as Congress considers reforming antitrust laws is that a “mega-agency” will be created to oversee digital platforms.

26 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

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

Canadian government set to review competition rules

Canada’s government has agreed to review the country’s competition regime with an eye to legislative amendments, after politicians across parties argued that Canada’s Competition Bureau does not have the tools it needs to tackle labour market concerns.

16 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

Antitrust bill will protect conservative news sites, Cicilline says

Representative David Cicilline has said he would be willing to make amendments to clarify that legislation aimed at balancing the power between news organisations and big technology companies would apply to conservative news sites such as Breitbart.

15 March 2021

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