FTC Shakeup Means No New Initiatives Soon

Law360, New York (April 18, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission recently saw its long-time chairman leave the Commission; a sitting commissioner named new chairwoman; and a long-time Republican commissioner replaced with an academic who has been critical of prior FTC actions. As a result, the five-member commission is left with two Democrats, two Republicans and one open seat, and seems likely in the near term to focus on actions where there is the bipartisan consensus necessary to obtain the three votes required to take action.

In early March, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz left the commission after nearly nine years of service, including four years as chairman. Leibowitz...

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