FTC's Brill Questions Whether Section 5 Consensus Possible

By Melissa Lipman (August 22, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission's Julie Brill on Tuesday expressed willingness to work with the Republican commissioners who have been pushing the agency to clarify its authority to police unfair competition under Section 5 of the FTC Act, but questioned whether it would be possible for all the commissioners to find common ground.

Speaking at the Technology Policy Institute's forum in Aspen, Colo., Brill praised the recent efforts by Commissioner Joshua Wright and Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen to pin down the boundaries of Section 5, which allows the antitrust enforcer to target unfair methods of competition.

But she said she was still not convinced...

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