FTC, DOJ face at least 15 merger investigations

The Federal Trade Commission’s competition bureau and the antitrust division of the Justice Department are facing a continued heavy workload at a time that the improved U.S. economy is predicted to further heighten the appetite for mergers.

According to an FTC:WATCH analysis, the two agencies are wrestling with second requests for more information on at least 15 separate mergers concerning publicly-traded companies. The investigation status among privately-held companies is not openly …

Obama’s visit to FTC provides forum for privacy pitch

Although the Federal Trade Commission has been around for 100 years, it hasn’t had a presidential visit since 1937. President Barack Obama changed all that on Monday when he used …

FTC studying effectiveness of merger remedies

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments on a study of the effectiveness of remedies imposed in merger cases from 2006-2012.

The agency is planning to review orders made in …

Pay-for-delay, hospital mergers likely to dominate in 2015

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The US Federal Trade Commission’s year …

Privacy hackles raised over Oracle acquisition

Oracle’s recent proposal to acquire Datalogix has prompted concern about the implications of the deal for consumer privacy as well as calls for the Federal Trade Commission to closely scrutinize …

FTC at 100: Michael Pertschuk’s turbulent years as FTC chairman

Editor’s Note: The Federal Trade Commission is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year; the first official meeting of the commission was held in March 1915. In this series of articles, …

Neil Averitt commentary: Is working paper a stealth attack on the FTC?

Two former Department of Justice managers have weighed in on the legislative history of Section 5. They have documented that Congress intended the statute to focus on just the competitive …