Organisation: Federal Trade Commission (USA)

United States: Platform Economics and Mergers

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Since President Biden's executive order on competition in July 2021, legislators and regulators have taken steps to re-examine the statutes and regulatory framework that govern antitrust enforcement in ways that directly impact digital platforms

25 November 2022

United States: E-Commerce and Big Data Merger Control

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Mergers and acquisitions in technology industries have garnered even more attention than before in the United States in recent years.

25 November 2022

United States: Tech Mergers

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Since 2019, the US Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have been active in issuing Second Requests and filing challenges to block mergers and acquisitions involving digital services and technology companies

25 November 2022

FTC has gerrymandered fitness app market, Meta/Within claim

Competitors will testify that the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed market definition in its bid to block Meta’s acquisition of Within has been “invented” for litigation, the merging companies have argued.

17 November 2022

DOJ, FTC and states say lower court erred in McDonald’s no-poach case

An Illinois federal court misapplied basic principles of antitrust law by rejecting claims from two former McDonald’s employees alleging the restaurant’s no-poach agreements stifled competition, the US government and several states have said.

15 November 2022

FTC outlines expansive vision for defining fair competition

The Federal Trade Commission has published guidelines that the agency claims restore its mandate to prosecute conduct far beyond what is prohibited by the Sherman and Clayton Acts.

11 November 2022

Steptoe and Orrick gain insight with US agency hires

Steptoe & Johnson has hired former Department of Justice official Lee Berger as a partner in its office in Washington, DC, while Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has recruited former Federal Trade Commission attorney advisor Anna Aryankalayil to its partnership in the US capital.

09 November 2022

State AGs seek to bolster FTC against Meta/Within

Enjoining the merger between Meta Platforms and Within Unlimited will preserve the “status quo” in the face of the former’s string of “serial” acquisitions, a bipartisan group of 25 US state and territory attorneys general has said.

09 November 2022

Justices signal sympathies to early Axon appeal

Several members of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority appear likely to allow body-camera manufacturer Axon to challenge the constitutionality of the Federal Trade Commission’s internal tribunal before a merger trial.

08 November 2022

Meta/Within cannot claim FTC bias to block preliminary injunction

Meta Platforms’ allegation that Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has unfairly prejudged the company’s acquisitions as illegal is inappropriate for the district court level, a California federal judge has ruled.

07 November 2022

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