Efforts to Rewrite Merger Guidelines Leave Businesses in the Lurch

The concept of an ivory tower is a longstanding critique of those who discuss ideas while being disconnected from their real-world impacts. While potentially a platitude, it is a rather accurate description of recent efforts by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to rewrite merger guidelines to address corporate consolidation. […]

ACI Files Comments with FTC and DOJ on Their Request for Information on Merger Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) are seeking information on how the agencies can modernize enforcement of the antitrust laws regarding mergers. Today, ACI filed its comments for this request for Information — available here.

ACI Files Comments with the FTC Regarding PBM Business Practices and their Impact on Drug Prices

The Federal Trade Commission is currently collecting public comments on the “Business Practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Their Impact on Independent Pharmacies and Consumers.” Today ACI filed its comments with the FTC. The comments are available here.

Rewriting Merger Guidelines Could Hurt Competition

Last month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced their intent to revise merger guidelines. Questions from the FTC and DOJ’s request for information (RFI) imply that market power could be of increasing importance when determining whether the agencies will approve or deny future mergers.  While the DOJ and FTC […]

Proposed Merger Could Mean Promising Benefits for Consumers

On February 7th, 2022, two of America’s largest low-cost airlines, Frontier and Spirit, announced a planned merger estimated to be worth around $6.6 billion. While the merger would create the fifth largest airline in the country, the deal could meet significant scrutiny from the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission […]

ACI Joins Coalition Expressing Concerns Regarding FTC Nominee

Dear Chairperson Cantwell and Ranking Member Wicker: We, the undersigned, represent a broad coalition of organizations opposing the confirmation of Alvaro Bedoya to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If confirmed, Bedoya would bring a record of hyper-partisan, extremist advocacy to the FTC and would steer the agency in a direction […]

Congress Should Investigate FTC’s Zombie Votes

A coalition letter made up of expert policy groups was sent to the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and Inspector General of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calling for an investigation of FTC’s practice of counting “zombie votes.” On October 1st and 8th of 2021, departed FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra voted on official commission business […]

Departed FTC Commissioners Should Not Have a Commission Vote

From October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allowed the departed-Commissioner Rohit Chopra to vote via email as many as twenty times on Agency actions. The following coalition letter to Congress points to the lack of public transparency, calling for a Congressional investigation. That coalition letter is available online.

The Economic Standard: Facebook is Back in Court

In December 2020, the FTC filed an antitrust suit against the tech giant, alleging that Facebook had engaged in anti-competitive behavior and acquired Instagram and WhatsApp to suppress competitive threats. The FTC’s original case against Facebook coincided with a similar antitrust suit from 48 attorney’s general seeking to have the tech giant broken up for […]