Goliath v. Goliath: DOJ, AT&T battle over Time Warner deal

The Justice Department’s stunning announcement that it would challenge AT&T’s proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner has prompted some praise, some second-guessing and, inevitably, some speculation about what is “really” behind the case.

After all, in months of reporting before the agency filed the lawsuit, not one antitrust lawyer or law professor interviewed by FTC:WATCH saw this lawsuit coming.

They had been quick to note that this was a vertical deal, …

Delrahim’s position on strengthening IP rights sparks fierce debate

Makan Delrahim, the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, has provoked controversy with recent remarks that stress the rights of technology innovators, sending a warning shot to standard-setting organizations.

“[W]e as enforcers have …

In Trump era, state attorneys general flex more muscles

Even before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, speculation ramped up among consumer protection and antitrust practitioners that state attorneys general would be flexing their muscles to fill in …

Klobuchar, Warren tout antitrust issues as 2020 presidential election looms

The 2020 presidential election is almost three years away but two potential candidates — Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren — are already using antitrust issues as a way of …

Ohlhausen seeks to measure real consumer harm in privacy, data breach cases

Earlier this year, the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission coined the term “informational injury” as she pushed to establish a method to quantify the injuries consumers suffer when …

Uber facing pressure on Capitol Hill and in court

Ride-hailing behemoth Uber Technologies will soon join a parade of companies being grilled by lawmakers over a massive data breach.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, has …

Neil Averitt commentary: On the issue of predictability, the ABA again tilts toward the defense

I have a love-hate relationship with the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.

On the one hand, you have to love the Section’s members for their generally good nature even in the …