The US FTC passes omnibus resolutions expanding its powers to investigate proposed mergers and potentially unlawful collusive conduct

On 26 August 2022 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continued its recent trend of expanding its ability to initiate new investigations, announcing that it approved omnibus resolutions that will allow the agency to automatically seek compulsory process in: (1) investigations related to potentially unlawful collusive and coordinated conduct; and (2) investigations of proposed mergers, acquisitions and transactions, even if those mergers are not required to be reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. [1] The omnibus resolutions will allow the FTC to fast-track these investigations by allowing a single Commissioner, rather than a majority of sitting Commissioners, to authorize the issuance of demands for data, documents, and testimony via civil investigative

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  • Hogan Lovells (Washington)
  • Hogan Lovells (Washington)

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Logan M. Breed, Chuck Loughlin, The US FTC passes omnibus resolutions expanding its powers to investigate proposed mergers and potentially unlawful collusive conduct, 26 August 2022, e-Competitions September 2022, Art. N° 108541

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