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For over 35 years, FTC:WATCH has been the nation’s leading independent newsletter focused on antitrust and consumer protection enforcement developments at the national, international and local levels. With an emphasis on advance news, political analysis and investigative reporting, FTC:WATCH covers not only the policies, programs and personnel of the Bureaus of Competition and Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, but also the civil and criminal investigations at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; competition and consumer protection activities of state and local governments; and, increasingly, antitrust enforcement actions by foreign entities including the European Commission. Founded in 1976 by two former FTC staff members, FTC:WATCH has been recognized by the Washington Post as the “Bible” of antitrust trade journals, and its editors and reporters have been praised for their influence and investigative reporting by the likes of the National Journal and the Columbia Journalism Review.

03/16/2012
Five States Said to Consider Challenge to Express Scripts-Medco

Things are getting hot'n heavy over the Express-Scripts, Medco merger. Amid indications that the FTC may approve the deal, though with modifications required, the states' attorneys general are uping the ante. Bloomberg reports that five may sue to block the merger if the FTC gives it a nod.

Five states are considering whether they’ll sue to challenge Express Scripts Inc.’s bid for Medco Health Solutions Inc. if federal antitrust regulators approve the deal, two people familiar with the matter said.

03/12/2012
New consumer agency reassures banks on disclosure

Banks are heaving a big sigh of relief at the CFPB's proposed rule that would extend protections for privileged information that are already in place at other banking regulators.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new consumer agency on Monday added protections to privileged information banks turn over to the regulator, in a proposed rule that addressed bank executives' fears about disclosure.The

03/05/2012

Interesting Appropriations hearing underway on FTC budget. Quite a clash between Chairman Leibowitzz and Rosch

03/05/2012

CFPB continues to expand its portfolio. It announced today that it will take complaints on private student loan abuses. With close to $1 trillion in student loan debt, this is certainly a growth industry. We are betting they will hear from more than a few law students faced with towering debt.

03/05/2012

Theme of this week's NAAG meeting is 'challenges and opportunities' in the federal, state relationship. In other words, there are issues there. They will also be looking at copyright infringement on college campuses. Chris Dodd will speak. Any guesses on the position he will take?

03/05/2012

Full coverage of annual meeting of National Association of Attorneys General in March 15 issue of FTCWATCH, including speeches by Julie Brill, Richard Cordray and Eric Holder

03/05/2012

FTC Chairman Leibowitz and Commissioner Rosch will be testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee today at 3. We will bring it to you live via FB and Twitter. Follow us @FTCWATCH

03/04/2012

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