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Ohlhausen Calls For Reins On FTC Enforcement

Law360, Fort Wayne (February 3, 2017, 2:19 PM EST) -- The newly appointed acting chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday continued to lay out her business-friendly vision for the agency, saying it should intervene in the markets only when necessary.

Speaking at a conference in Miami, Maureen K. Ohlhausen said that although the FTC can and should continue to challenge anti-competitive mergers and conduct by businesses, the agency should take action only when there is empirical evidence of competitive harm, and not because it does not like a specific market outcome. She said she would use her role to practice “regulatory humility” and advance guiding principles at the...

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