Region: North America

Cooperation framework expected to help form new agreements, DOJ official says

The multilateral framework that the US antitrust agencies signed last year with four other competition enforcers will be used to form new agreements to enhance investigative cooperation, a Department of Justice official has said.

27 April 2021

Supreme Court curtails FTC’s ability to seek monetary relief for consumers

The Supreme Court has determined that the Federal Trade Commission does not have the authority to seek restitution or disgorgement under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act.

23 April 2021

Apple and Google face questions over alleged abuses of power

Officials from Apple and Google have attempted to fend off attacks from app developers and senators over the companies’ dominance of their mobile app stores.

22 April 2021

FTC commissioners call for legislation to cement disgorgement authority

All members of the Federal Trade Commission have urged Congress to act if the Supreme Court strips the agency of its ability to seek monetary relief for consumers under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act.

21 April 2021

Phillips: Interplay between trademark and antitrust law at stake in 1-800 Contacts case

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips has said an appellate court’s decision in the agency’s suit against 1-800 Contacts will provide clarity on the “interplay of antitrust and intellectual property and about the proper mode of analysis for these kinds of cases”.

19 April 2021

Wilson: Resolve Big Tech cases before reforming antitrust laws

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said she “would love to see the outcomes” of the antitrust cases against Google, Facebook and e-prescription technology company Surecripts “before we engage in sweeping overhauls and reforms”.

12 April 2021

Phillips less concerned with identity of companies when reviewing cases

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips has said he is less worried about which entity is the target of enforcement action and “more concerned with conduct the company is undertaking”.

07 April 2021

Lacy swaps Simpson Thacher for Goodwin

Andrew Lacy has left Simpson Thacher & Bartlett to join Goodwin as a partner in Washington, DC.

06 April 2021

Supreme Court justices press NCAA about student-athlete compensation

Justices of the Supreme Court have expressed varying concerns about issues related to the compensation of student athletes, questioning the National Collegiate Athletic Association about its operation of a system that has been found to restrain competition for player talent.

01 April 2021

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

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