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About the Book
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an influential authority within the antitrust landscape. An understanding of the FTC and its procedures has become almost essential to every antitrust practitioner. The FTC Practice and Procedure Manual is intended to provide a "how-to" guide for lawyers and parties involved in both competition and consumer protection matters before the FTC.
The Manual's primary focus is on procedural matters rather than substantive antitrust or consumer protection law. It outlines FTC's statutory authority, with a particular focus on how Section 5 of the FTC Act, which impacts the FTC's competition and consumer protection missions. It also describes in detail the FTC's organizational structure and rules, procedural issues relating to mergers, rules and procedures for investigations (including confidentiality protections relating to its investigatory enforcement efforts), and the agency's adjudicatory function.
This book will make FTC practice accessible to attorneys who may not come before the FTC regularly, and also provide enough detail to be useful to those who deal with the FTC often.
Over the last several years, the FTC has issued a number of administrative complaints in both competition and consumer protection matters. Merger filings also have been on the rise. Moreover, new issues, such as privacy, recently have emerged and expanded the FTC's enforcement landscape. This Manual thus comes at a time when it is crucial to understand how the agency works. By providing a framework for understanding the process behind the FTC's decision making, and a guide for what to expect in an investigation--or litigation--involving the agency, this book will facilitate the practitioner's ability to handle issues that arise under the FTC's jurisdiction.
Summary of Contents
Chapter 1 - A Brief History: the Evolution of the FTC Chapter 2 -Statutory Authority & Laws Enforced Chapter 3 - Organization Chapter 4 - Mergers and Acquisitions Chapter 5 - Anticompetitive Conduct, consumer protection matters, and other commission activities Chapter 6 - Litigation