Lessons learned: How the FTC stopped the Staples-Office Depot merger

Chatter about the Federal Trade Commission’s recent victory in turning back Staples’ proposed $6.3 billion acquisition of Office Depot continues to reverberate throughout the antitrust world.

The 75-page decision by US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on May 10 found the proposed merger was “likely to reduce competition in the Business to Business contract space for office supplies,” but before his ruling, the judge was relentless in putting FTC lawyers on …

War of words erupts over FTC rules revamp

Some say reform, others say gut.

A war of words has erupted over efforts to revamp the rules governing how the Federal Trade Commission does its job and change some of …

Getting it right: Geographic markets debated in hospital tie-ups

Suddenly the Federal Trade Commission’s approach to defining geographic markets when it challenges hospital mergers is at the center of contentious litigation in three cases, including one in which the …

Law school makes antitrust claim over LSAT policy

Antitrust, often taught as an abstract subject, is a core part of many legal curricula. However, one law school is taking a hands-on approach to the subject.

The University of Arizona’s …

Ohlhausen advisor to join Dechert

Gregory Luib has signed on as counsel with the law firm Dechert after more than a decade at the Federal Trade Commission.

Luib’s experience at the commission included serving as an …

‘FTC architect’ Brandeis faced fight over high court post

When President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis, a well-known lawyer, a fierce critic of growing monopoly power and the intellectual architect of the Federal Trade Commission, to the US Supreme …

Neil Averitt commentary: Playing the antitrust odds, hitting the jackpot in Vegas

Connoisseurs of antitrust will have noticed that the firms in the most colorful disputes often have some sort of tie to Las Vegas.

These include Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is headquartered …