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FTC Moves Toward Stricter Antitrust Scrutiny of Vertical Mergers – The Wall Street Journal

FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan said she was concerned that Trump-era guidelines gave too much credit to deals’ potential upsides while not fully acknowledging the possible harms. Photo: pool/Reuters WASHINGTON—A divided Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday withdrew guidelines adopted just last year on how the government reviews so-called vertical mergers of companies that don’t directly compete with one another, the latest signal the agency is looking to escalate antitrust scrutiny of deal making. FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan, during a virtual public meeting, said she was concerned that the recent Trump-era guidelines gave too much credit to business efficiencies and other potential …

 

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