Organisation: Federal Trade Commission (USA)

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

FTC committed to Robinson-Patman reactivation with Pepsi/Coke probe

The Federal Trade Commission’s probe into how Coca-Cola and PepsiCo price their beverages highlights its commitment to embracing overlooked enforcement tools, several antitrust practitioners have said.

13 January 2023

Kathleen Foote: the exit interview

Kathleen Foote recently stepped down after two decades as California’s top antitrust enforcer. In a conversation with GCR USA, she discussed highlights of her 35-plus years of service for the Golden State – in which she helped cement the independence of state attorneys general and develop the Cartwright Act – and busted some misconceptions about state enforcement.

12 January 2023

Qualcomm must face exclusive dealing claims

A federal judge has allowed a class of cell phone purchasers to pursue allegations that Qualcomm closed off the market for certain modem chips through exclusive contracts in violation of California law.

10 January 2023

FTC leadership fails to win staff trust

Less than half of Federal Trade Commission staff trust senior leadership at the agency, according to a government survey.

09 January 2023

FTC proposes non-compete ban

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a legislative rule that would effectively ban nearly all employers from designing contracts that prevent employees from joining or starting a rival company.

06 January 2023

Oversight report: FTC and DOJ usually stay in their lane

Practitioners and former enforcers have backed up a government watchdog's findings that the US antitrust agencies tend to divide and conquer when enforcing merger policy, although some have warned that jurisdictional disputes could soon increase.

06 January 2023

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