Author Archives: Alexei Alexis

The Federal Trade Commission headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

FTC Head Pushes Back on Calls to Expand Antitrust Law

FTC Head Pushes Back on Calls to Expand Antitrust Law

By Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg BNA Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen is emerging as a vocal defender of existing U.S. antitrust laws amid calls for sweeping changes to rein in dominant technology companies such as Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. Ohlhausen is delivering speeches this week that reinforce the government’s decades-old antitrust enforcement

Federal Trade Commission  Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen testifies during a hearing before the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee May 11, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held a hearing on "Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

FTC Chief Says Social Issues Are Outside Scope of Antitrust Law

By Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg BNA  Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen Sept. 11 reaffirmed her support for antitrust “humility” amid public pressure for a more populist enforcement regime that reaches issues such as income and wealth inequality. Amazon.com Inc.’s now-consummated tie-up with Whole Foods Market Inc. has added fuel to arguments that U.S. antitrust

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Former FTC Chief Joins Hogan Lovells to Lead Antitrust Group

By Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg BNA Former Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has joined Hogan Lovells LLP, where she’ll be focused on antitrust and privacy issues, the firm announced Sept. 6. Ramirez, a Democrat who served in the Obama administration, will be co-head of Hogan Lovells’ global antitrust, competition, and economic regulation practice and will

The Federal Trade Commission headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Shearman & Sterling Lawyer Lands Top FTC Competition Post

By Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg BNA Antitrust lawyer Bruce Hoffman has been tapped to take over the Federal Trade Commission’s competition team, the agency said July 20. Hoffman, who recently became a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, has been named acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, effective Aug. 7. He is currently global

The Federal Trade Commission headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

FTC Tackles ‘Intimidating’ Threat of Lawsuits Against Staff

By Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg BNA The threat of personal liability claims against Federal Trade Commission staff, historically a rare concern, has suddenly become a real problem for the agency. Two FTC attorneys, Alain Sheer and Ruth Yodaiken, face litigation connected to their work on a 2013 data security enforcement action against the now-defunct medical testing

The Federal Trade Commission headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

FTC Attributes Merger Review Delays to Companies

By Alexei Alexis, Bloomberg BNA The time it takes antitrust regulators to review tie-ups is “largely” in the hands of the merging parties, the Federal Trade Commission’s top antitrust official told Bloomberg BNA. Tad Lipsky, the FTC’s acting competition bureau chief, was responding to statements from the business community that merger reviews are too often

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