It was expected that Edith Ramirez, U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman, would announce a policy statement on August 13 on how the agency would pursue companies engaged in unfair competition. This would be the antitrust agency’s first attempt to clarify part of the 1914 law that created the commission and gave it power to pursue businesses for “unfair methods of competition.”

“This will be a first step,” with more details possibly coming later, said Jason Leckerman, and antitrust lawyer at Ballard Spahr. “It’s going to force the FTC to be a bit more deliberate in what sort of enforcement actions it’s going to bring.”

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