From me & @birnbaum_e @FTC chair names Kelly Signs as acting head of Office of Policy Planning, the unit responsible for the FTC’s studies and workshops
Maria Coppola will take over as head of Office of Policy and Coordination in BC (unit that Signs previously helmed)
And Jim Mongoven, a deputy assistant director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition and longtime agency staffer, is retiring

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20 Nov
Today was supposed to be my first day of vacation, but since the FTC dropped stuff at 10 pm last night, I spent the morning reading documents and taking a trip down memory lane to the 1980s.
AMREP Corporation = American Realty & Petroleum Corporation. It started out as an oil and gas leasing company in Oklahoma but then started buying up unused land and reselling it to potential homebuyers to build suburban subdivision.
In 1975, the FTC sued AMREP for false and misleading sales practices. The FTC said AMREP misrepresented the growth rates of the areas where these subdivisions were located to make these lands seems more attractive as investments than they were.
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19 Nov
And second, an update on "zombie voting." (Story and leaked doc for Pros here):…
When I first started reporting on this story, I asked the FTC for a copy of its voting rules. The agency said no, and asked me to submit a FOIA request.…
The voting rules aren't part of the FTC's public rules of procedure. Instead they are in another document, The Office of the Secretary's Manual…
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2 Nov
In a joint statement, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House says they intend to "fight this lawsuit vigorously."
“This is a pro-consumer, pro-author, and pro-book seller transaction, which will allow increased investment in the publishing programs of both S&S and PRH. /1
"The transaction will bring PRH’s superior order fulfillment services to S&S’s titles, benefiting consumers by making it easier to discover new titles and less likely that books will be out of stock, particularly at local retailers. /2
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2 Nov
Breaking: @JusticeATR is suing to block the merger of Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House
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1 Nov
. @USDA's competition czar Andy Green says cybersecurity breaches, climate change and depletion of water resources, labor shortages and other problems are all magnified by the concentration in agriculture marketplace.
"The 40-experiment of lack of antitrust [enforcement] and market deregulation has come home to roost. Much like the 2008 financial crisis didn’t happen overnight, these problems were years in the making."
Green says the Biden/Harris USDA is working to reinvigorate the Packers & Stockyards Act and its protections against predatory practices in wholesale and retail meat markets.
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29 Oct
🧵I don’t post personal news much, but wanted to share why I support @Penguild. I became a journalist because I believe very deeply in transparency and sharing information so people can make decisions informed by facts.
My colleagues at @politico and @eenewsupdates are among the best in the business and I’m proud of how our hard work and dedication influence policy and politics the world over.
In my 15 years, I’ve been involved in 4 sales the latest Politico’s to Axel Springer. Each one has led to changes in benefits, bosses and sometimes layoffs. The day the sale closed, Politico informed us that because of an oversight our 401K and FSA are frozen for the rest of 2021
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