Tagged: Federal Trade Commission

Intel settles antitrust case with FTC

In a “I-never-did-it-and-won’t-do-it-again” deal, Computer chip-making giant Intel agreed with the Federal Trade Commission to step back from business practices — like coercing computer makers not to buy microprosessor chips from rivals — which allegedly stifled competition and deprived consumers of better choices for at least a decade.  The “play nice” settlement comes on the heels […]

Apple draws antitrust suspicions

Federal antitrust enforcers are considering a probe into Apple Inc. after changes in the company’s licensing agreement with iPhone application developers that forbids the use of software tools other than Apple’s to build programs or the transmission of analytical data to third parties like advertisers.  It’s yet to be decided if the inquiry would be conducted […]

New antitrust guidelines for mergers

U.S. antitrust regulators from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have proposed new guidelines for how they scrutinize mergers for possible antitrust violations.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust law authority, and School of Management finance Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, agree the proposed guidelines more accurately reflect current practice […]

FTC sniffing Google-AdMob deal

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly preparing an antitrust challenge to Google’s proposed acquisition of the mobile-advertising company AdMob, and asked AdMob competitors about what the deal would mean for consumers.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, says be weary of what the competitors say — even in sworn statements. “If the […]

Brand/generic patent-deal ban nixed

A proposal, backed by the Federal Trade Commission because it would save consumers money, would have banned patent settlements between brand-name and generic drug makers.  But it was dropped from the health-care reform bill because it couldn’t pass muster with Congressional rules.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, the ban still […]

FTC to get new powers

Congress is moving to give the Federal Trade Commission new powers to oversee and punish violators of FTC regulations aimed at protecting consumers.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, says the authority to impose civil penalties will help, but cautions that the ban on “unfair trade practices” in the FTC Act is […]