Price Hikes Not Sole Basis For Merger Fight, FTC Official Says

Law360, Washington (February 18, 2016, 9:11 PM EST) -- The head of the Federal Trade Commission's competition bureau on Thursday cautioned against the agency setting a hard line for when a merged firm's theoretical ability to hike prices would spark agency action, arguing the totality of evidence rather than a single test should determine when the FTC intervenes.

Deborah Feinstein, the chief of the agency’s Bureau of Competition, argued with a panel at George Mason University’s 19th Annual Antitrust Symposium during a session entitled “Antitrust in a Connected World” that the FTC should not have to adhere...
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