Organisation: Federal Trade Commission (USA)

Meta/Within ruling clarifies potential competition burdens, experts say

The Federal Trade Commission’s failure to block Meta Platforms/Within Unlimited underlines the legal challenges of proving harm to potential competition, but possibly moves the needle in its favour for future cases, experts have said.

07 February 2023

Meta not incentivised to make own fitness app, court finds

The Federal Trade Commission failed to show that Meta Platforms was likely to enter the virtual reality fitness realm absent its acquisition of Within Unlimited, a California federal judge has ruled.

06 February 2023

FTC adopts tougher stance on divestitures

The US Federal Trade Commission will no longer accept merger remedies with lengthy entanglements, the director of the agency’s antitrust arm has said.

03 February 2023

FTC Democrats deny Meta’s petition for Khan's recusal

Meta Platforms cannot bar Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan from participating in decisions related to its proposed acquisition of Within Unlimited, the agency’s two Democrats have ruled – with commissioner Christine Wilson issuing a fiery dissent.

03 February 2023

Kovacic: FTC independence is fading

The Federal Trade Commission is likely to lose the deference of the courts as the executive branch takes on a more hands-on role with the agency’s work, former chair William Kovacic has said.

27 January 2023

Healthcare workers enthusiastic about non-compete rule, but may not see benefits

The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed ban on non-compete agreements may not be the boon that physicians and healthcare workers are hoping for given the limits of the agency’s jurisdiction, several antitrust experts have said.

27 January 2023

Tim Wu: the exit interview

Tim Wu stepped down as President Biden’s primary antitrust advisor earlier this month after two years in the role. The Columbia Law School professor spoke to GCR USA about the “plague” of non-competes, why technology-focused antitrust legislation failed to reach the finish line during his tenure and how the White House took on a bigger role in competition policy while maintaining the independence of the US antitrust agencies.

24 January 2023

Antitrust Division official highlights increased inter-agency collaboration

The Department of Justice is working with other federal agencies on ongoing merger reviews as a result of President Joe Biden’s 2021 executive order ordering a whole-of-government approach to competition policy, a senior counsel at the Antitrust Division has said.

19 January 2023

Syngenta seeks dismissal of FTC complaint

The Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit against two pesticide manufacturers is a thinly-veiled bid to expand its powers and circumvent long-standing antitrust law, Syngenta has said.

18 January 2023

California judge dismisses antitrust claims against Edison

Three former Southern California Edison employees failed to allege that their former employer illegally prevented them from doing electrical work in the state, a federal court has ruled.

13 January 2023

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