Record years for merger deals will test agencies

Mega-deals roared back in 2014, and the trend is likely to continue into next year, according to a recent report by economic consulting firm Ernst & Young. That’s good news for the people who make deals and the people who watch them, but it is going to be a source of increasing strain on the government agencies that oversee corporate mergers.

Ernst & Young reports the aggregate deal value in 2014 …

New coalition goes public to challenge Comcast deal

The sudden emergence, this month, of a broad coalition of public interest groups, industry associations and companies to oppose the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, almost 10 months after the proposed …

AGs join push for changes to telemarketing rule

Partisanship may be the norm in Washington but on a key consumer protection issue, there is bipartisan consensus among state attorneys general.

Recently, 38 of them sent a letter to the …

Special Report: Republican party gains among attorneys general

Starting January 1, there will be many new faces among the attorneys general in state capitals across the country. And the Republican sweep in the recent midterm elections means that …

Lawmakers optimistic on patent troll action

Leaders in the House and Senate are indicating their willingness to tackle the issue of problematic patent-assertion entities next year, though the Obama administration’s likely point person on the issue …

McCain is key to passage of sports blackout bill

Even as Senator John McCain is in the middle of intense national security debates and prepares to assume the chairmanship of the powerful Armed Services Committee, he recently took time …

Neil Averitt commentary: Leisure hours with Diana Moss, Kathleen Foote

This column continues our occasional series on the leisure and weekend activities of members of the antitrust community. Our subjects this time are Diana Moss, the incoming president of the …