Trump eyes Simons for FTC chair, Wilson for commissioner spot

President Donald Trump is likely to nominate Joseph Simons, co-chairman of the antitrust group at Paul Weiss, to be chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, FTC:WATCH has learned.

Simons, who twice before served at the commission — as director of the Bureau of Competition during the George W. Bush administration and as associate director for mergers as well as assistant director for evaluation in the 1980s — won high praise in …

DirecTV, FTC launch opening salvos in high-stakes deceptive ad trial

In one of the Federal Trade Commission’s highest-stakes trials in history, lawyers for DirecTV and the agency launched a one-month battle in a California federal court this week, unveiling the …

‘Hipster antitrust’ becomes focus of competition policy debate

Shortly before the Senate adjourned for the August recess, Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican member of the chamber, took to the floor and sounded off on an unexpected subject: antitrust.

Forget …

#hipsterantitrust explained

It all started as a joke on Twitter.

For months, Democrats and those on the left have been growing in their calls for greater antitrust enforcement, particularly in the wake of …

DOJ blasts circuit court ruling on AmEx but urges Supreme Court to take a pass

In a twist in the protracted litigation challenging American Express’ restrictions that stop merchants from steering consumers to less expensive credit cards, the Justice Department blasted the appellate court’s “flawed” …

States making progress on licensing reform in wake of FTC efforts

State officials have a message for the Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to push for changes in how occupations are licensed: “We hear you and are making progress on our own.”

The …

Neil Averitt commentary: Cleaning up our language

Ah, the lazy days of summer. The sun, the sand, the voice of the waves murmuring through the seashell at your ear.

They are saying: “It’s back to work in another …