Edith Ramirez is a partner with Hogan Lovells in Washington DC and the former Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. She is the co-head of the Antitrust and Competition practice and a partner in the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She has long been a strong presence in the international competition and privacy arena. With 20 years of combined government and private sector experience, she is able to help companies navigate competition, privacy and data security issues in the U.S. and around the world. Edith joined the FTC as a commissioner in April 2010 and served as FTC Chairwoman from 2013 to January 2017. During her tenure, she focused on promoting competition—particularly in the technology and life sciences sectors—safeguarding consumer privacy and data security, and protecting vulnerable communities from deceptive and unfair practices. While at the FTC, Edith worked with corporate leaders and key policy makers, and joined discussions with antitrust enforcers and privacy and data protection regulators from all over the world. She also participated in negotiations to create a new data transfer regime and mechanisms for trans-Atlantic sharing data between the United States and the European Union.
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On October 30, 2023, President Biden issued an Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence. The Order, which recognizes AI’s extraordinary potential but also the substantial risks requiring attention and responsible stewardship, (...)
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staked out its role in policing the potential competition and consumer protection implications of generative AI technologies’ use of copyrighted materials in comments submitted in the U.S. Copyright Office’s proceeding on AI and copyright. The proceeding (...)
It has been more than two years since President Biden signed a far-reaching, industry-spanning Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. The Executive Order outlined a “whole-of-government” approach to increasing competition and issued a laundry list of directives to more than a dozen federal agencies with the stated goal of addressing “some of the most pressing competition problems” in the economy. The Executive Order reflects the administration’s intense focus on concentration as a serious risk to the U.S. economy, and an assumption that this issue resonates broadly for Americans and is not just a niche area of concern for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Executive Order has prompted information-sharing, training, and various other collaborative efforts across agencies that in the past may have had little reason to interact on this issue.
On 10 November 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) issued a Policy Statement (the Policy Statement) outlining a significant expansion of its mandate to target “unfair methods of competition” under Section 5 of the FTC Act (Section 5). In a concurrently published statement, (...)
On 9 July 2021 President Biden signed a far-reaching executive order intended to promote competition in the American economy. The order targets perceived corporate consolidation and anticompetitive activity in the labor, financial services, health care, transportation, telecommunications, (...)
On 22 December 2020, on a divided vote, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) issued a Commentary on Vertical Merger Enforcement (FTC Commentary) to provide “greater transparency to the public regarding its analysis of vertical mergers.” Following the FTC and Department of (...)
On 11 August 2020, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”), in a unanimous opinion by Judge Callahan, reversed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC’s”) win in the district court against Qualcomm Inc. (“Qualcomm”) and upheld Qualcomm’s licensing (...)
On 16 June 2020, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods LLC was sentenced to 40 months in prison and fined US$100,000 for his role in a tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving two competitors. This sentence is one of the most significant penalties ever imposed on a corporate executive in a criminal (...)
This article has been nominated for the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On 12 December 2019, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced that it has entered into a proposed consent decree with the National (...)