FTC Names Pay-For-Delay Czar To Interim Antitrust Post

By Y. Peter Kang (November 3, 2015, 10:52 PM EST) -- A Federal Trade Commission veteran responsible for heading up the antitrust watchdog's efforts to thwart so-called pay-for-delay settlements paid by brand-name drugmakers was tapped as acting deputy director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition on Tuesday, following the recent departure of Stephen Weissman for Baker Botts LLP.

Markus H. Meier, assistant director of the health care division, steps in for Weissman, who said on Oct. 28 he would be leaving to rejoin Baker Botts as co-chair of its antitrust practice after serving a two-year tenure overseeing the FTC's mergers, health care and conduct units.

In naming Meier acting deputy, Deborah L....

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