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US Chamber Of Commerce Sues FTC Over Biden Antitrust Threat

 |  July 14, 2022

The US Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Federal Trade Commission that accuses it of unlawfully withholding public records.

The Chamber, which speaks for US businesses, has been critical of the FTC under Chair Lina Khan, who has support among progressive Democrats.

“In the last two years, the Commission has embarked on a series of unlawful and self-aggrandizing actions — often in secret. The Chamber has been trying since last year to obtain public records relating to the Commission’s actions, yet has been rebuffed,” the complaint said.

The FTC did not immediately comment on the lawsuit. The complaint focuses on the FTC’s allowance of what the Chamber called “zombie” votes by departing Commissioner Rohit Chopra, its collaboration with Europe on a probe of the merger of biotech companies Illumina and Grail, and the work that the current chair, Lina Khan, did for Chopra before she became chair.

The Chamber complained in December that the FTC had denied requests for information about its procedures, and said it was considering “legal options.”

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