FTC Task Force to Scrutinize Competition in Tech Industry

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On February 26, 2019, the US Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition—the arm through which the FTC enforces US federal antitrust laws—announced the creation of a new Technology Task Force charged with “enhanc[ing] the Bureau’s focus on technology-related sectors of the economy.” The Task Force’s mandate is broad: it is empowered to participate in the review of prospective—and importantly, completed—mergers in the technology sector (among the hottest markets for business combinations in recent years), as well as to pursue investigative and enforcement actions concerning potential exclusionary conduct in technology markets.