Gridlock threatens FTC’s history of bipartisanship

An unusual situation has left the Federal Trade Commission with only two sitting members, one Republican and one Democrat — a circumstance that has already sidetracked the settlement of one piece of FTC litigation. The split could strait-jacket the agency — which prides itself on its frequent bipartisanship — in other important cases as well, such as the pending Walgreens-Rite Aid merger.

The problem is theoretically temporary. President Donald Trump is …

Trump antitrust era expected to usher in big, small changes

Talk to experienced antitrust litigators and you’re likely to get at least two different views of what to expect from the top watchdogs in the Trump administration.

Some predict a marked …

16 big mergers draw FTC, DOJ second requests

The current list of large, pending mergers that drew second requests for information from the US antitrust agencies is about as long as last June’s was.

FTC:WATCH counts 16 pending big …

Book highlights life of intellectual polymath Posner

Most appeals court judges don’t have biographies written about them, but then few have had the impact on the law and public discourse Richard Posner has.

He’s been a seminal thinker …

Economics of privacy study in FTC pipeline

Privacy advocates don’t always factor in economic concerns when pushing policy and enforcement changes. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission is conducting a study to determine the economic impact …

Beer entrepreneur blasts Justice Department over industry consolidation

Less than a year after the Justice Department approved Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller, subject to various divestitures and requirements, a prominent beer entrepreneur has come out swinging …

Neil Averitt commentary: So what would populist antitrust policy look like?

President Donald Trump ran for office and was elected on a platform of populism — a promise to operate the government in the interests of ordinary men and women. Whether …