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Intel Case the Model for the FTC?

So says this BusinessWeek headline based on an interview with Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz.   However, most of the article appears to be about establishing the Commission seeking to advance the proposition that the FTC Act expands beyond the scope of the antitrust laws.   For example, the Chairman is quoted as saying “We would like to see it tested by appellate courts because we think the legislation, the plain language of the legislation, makes it crystal clear that our jurisdiction goes beyond the antitrust laws” rather than anything specific about the Intel investigation.  I take this to mean, more accurately, that the FTC views Section 5 as a core statute in enforcing its competition mission.  For better or worse, a different statement than the one in the headline.