The circle is now complete: Terrell McSweeny confirmed

Terrell McSweeny’s long wait to join the FTC is finally over. After months passed before the Senate even took up her nomination, lawmakers, finally, on April 9, voted overwhelmingly – 95-1 – to confirm.

A Democrat, McSweeny was nominated to the post in June, and had received a unanimous thumbs-up from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in November –but then waited five months for the full Senate to take …

DOJ, for first time, wins extradition on antitrust charge

In the first case of its kind, the Justice Department recently announced that an Italian national has been successfully extradited from Germany for his alleged involvement in a world-wide bid-rigging …

White House, industry ramp up data protection

With Congress at a standstill, the Obama administration, retailers and big banks are taking steps to beef up their efforts to prevent data breaches.

The FTC and Justice Department issued a …

Lawmakers try to ban models too beautiful to believe

The FTC and Congress often deal with important issues; some are now urging that they deal literally with weighty ones.

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lois Capps, and Ted Deutch are pushing a …

Senators question cable merger, but does it even matter?

The venue for the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger had to be changed from the panel’s more intimate meeting room in the Dirksen …

House panel considers changing FTC’s merger review powers

A draft legislative proposal that would change the FTC’s standard for obtaining a preliminary injunction in merger cases and limit its use of administrative adjudication in such cases is being …

Neil Averitt commentary: DOJ gets it right on meat industry, for now at least

The Antitrust Division has made the right call on the meat industry, in spite of great temptations – both political and nostalgic – to make the wrong call.

In the last …