ICLE President Geoffrey Manne to attend FTC Hearing #5: Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

The Federal Trade Commission is holding the fifth session of its Hearings initiative, with a one-day session to be held at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on November 1, 2018. This session reschedules the hearing session originally postponed on September 14 due to inclement weather.

The Georgetown event will examine vertical merger analysis and the role of the consumer welfare standard in U.S. antitrust law. A detailed agenda is available below.

The Commission invites public comment on these issues, including on the questions listed below:

  1. Should the U.S. antitrust agencies publish Vertical Merger Guidelines? What guidance should they provide regarding the assessment of the competitive effects of vertical mergers, including the substantive theories of competitive harm and the treatment of transaction-related efficiencies? Under what conditions, if any, should the guidelines recognize a presumption of anticompetitive harm? What showing should be required to overcome such a presumption? Under what circumstances, if any, should behavioral remedies be accepted to remedy the likely anticompetitive effects of vertical mergers?
  2. Is the “consumer welfare standard” the appropriate standard for evaluating compliance with the antitrust laws? What are alternative frameworks with which to evaluate compliance with the antitrust laws? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Is there empirical support for preferring one standard instead of another standard?

Click here to see the full event description at FTC.gov