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FTC remedy study proposal to be published soon, official says

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is getting ready to publish its plans for a study looking at the remedies in past merger cases for public comment, Deborah Feinstein, the director of the agency’s Bureau of Competition, told PaRR today (29 May).

This will be the second part of the public comment process that the FTC needs to complete before launching the study.

The agency will publish its plans for conducting the study in the Federal Register “fairly shortly,” Feinstein told PaRR, following her appearance on a panel at the Global Antitrust Economics Conference at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

During the panel, Feinstein noted that a lot of the way the FTC looks at remedies in merger cases, especially divestitures, changed as a result of the agency’s 1999 Divestiture Study.

Unlike the study 16 years ago, the new initiative will look at remedies across the board in merger cases, including “vertical and licensing and conduct type remedies,” she said.

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