The US District Court of Arizona receives a complaint challenging the constitutionality of the FTC’s administrative process in merger review (Axon / FTC)

AXON SUES FTC OVER USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION IN MERGER INVESTIGATIONS * On January 3, 2020, Axon Enterprises Inc. filed a complaint against the Federal Trade Commission in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona challenging the constitutionality of the FTC’s administrative process. Axon’s complaint marks the latest salvo in a decades-long critique of the disparity between FTC and Department of Justice merger enforcement procedures. Background Axon develops law enforcement technology such as the Taser gun and police body cameras. In May 2018, Axon acquired VieVu, a competing provider of police body cameras. The FTC began investigating the acquisition in June 2018, and filed an administrative complaint on January 3, 2020, alleging that Axon’s acquisition of

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  • Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
  • Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)

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Thomas Dillickrath, Molly Lorenzi, The US District Court of Arizona receives a complaint challenging the constitutionality of the FTC’s administrative process in merger review (Axon / FTC), 3 January 2020, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2020, Art. N° 92943

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