Democrats’ choice of Chopra for FTC seat shows Warren’s clout

Democrats’ surprising choice of Rohit Chopra for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission underscores the clout of one of its populist heroes, while provoking cheers from consumer advocates and puzzlement from antitrust lawyers.

Chopra built his reputation by aggressively overseeing the student lending business at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency that was the brainchild of Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s key advisers.

That Schumer …

Trump officials may be more favorable toward efficiency claims in mergers

When Anthem recently threw in the towel on its bid to acquire rival health insurer Cigna, it also ended a chance for the Supreme Court to clarify how efficiency claims …

United Airlines incident sparks debate over antitrust enforcers’ role

It didn’t take long for pictures to go viral of that United Airlines passenger being brutally roughed up as he was involuntarily “deplaned,” sparking international outrage.

A debate erupted almost as …

AT&T case sheds light on future of common carrier exemption

A federal appeals court decision to rehear the Federal Trade Commission’s case against AT&T Mobility draws attention to a perennial debate. Will the law exempting the agency from overseeing common …

Lawmakers pushing bill to let FTC ban gay conversion therapy

The Federal Trade Commission’s powers over certain questionable medical therapies — especially those aimed at converting homosexuals into heterosexuals — could be expanded if congressional Democrats get their way.

Senate and …

DOJ stance on Tronc’s Chicago newspaper deal bears watching

The Justice Department has said it will look into, but not necessarily stop, a proposed merger that would place Chicago’s two leading newspapers in the same hands. Though the DOJ …

Neil Averitt commentary: How antitrust analysis could help bring the Wild West to life

In this issue we will take a slight excursion and address a question that few people have thought to ask: What can antitrust analysis do to help save the National …