Antitrust and Consumer Protection at Last Converge

Antitrust and consumer protection law—long separate provinces, even within a dual-mission government enforcement agency like the FTC that covers both fields—at last seem to be converging, as reflected in recent government enforcement activity, statements by the FTC’s leadership, and novel private litigation theories. Sean Royall, who co-leads Sidley’s Antitrust and Consumer Protection practice and is a former Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, recently called attention to this trend in an article published in Corporate Counsel magazine. As privacy and data-related issues begin to surface more directly in antitrust investigations and litigation, he explains, lawyers with significant depth in both areas of law are uniquely well positioned to guide clients through these novel and largely uncharted waters.

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