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FTC Finalizes Rule Changes To Streamline Hearings

Law360 (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission has issued final rule changes aimed at streamlining the agency’s adjudicative processes, despite objections expressed by one of the agency’s antitrust action targets, Whole Foods Market Inc., and a group of U.S. senators.

The agency adopted final rules to expedite the prehearing, hearing and appeal phases of adjudicative proceedings involving mergers and other transactions under the agency’s purview, as well as allow commissioners to preside over prehearing issues, the FTC said Monday.

“Today’s action is part of the FTC’s broad and systematic...
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