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US: Simons, Delrahim to appear before antitrust subcommittee

 |  August 30, 2018

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons will attend a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee on October 3 to speak on competition in the digital age.

Delrahim is leading the suit against the AT&T-Time Warner deal, and his antitrust division of the Department of Justice was the one that had competition issues with the since-canceled Sinclair/Tribune merger, though they appeared to be cureable had Sinclair restructured its station spin-offs.

Next month, Simons is launching a series of hearings on consumer and competition protections in a high-tech world. Simons, former head of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition Policy, said of the hearings that they would “consider whether broad-based changes in the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies, and international developments warrant adjustments to competition and consumer protection law, enforcement priorities, and policy.”

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