By James Scott/ DEC 11, 2022

Lina Khan Has a Challenge in Her Attempt to Block Microsoft's Activision Deal

The Federal Trade Commission's chair, Ms. Khan, has staked an ambitious agenda for debunking trust in a case that may be challenging to prevail in.

Lina Khan

The head of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan, recently stated that the organization intends to "enforce the antitrust laws to ensure maximal efficacy," ushering in a new era of breaking the trust of America's corporate goliaths.

Lina Khan

Ms. Khan has now bet her ambitious agenda on a case that might be very difficult for the agency to prevail.

Lina Khan

The largest consumer technology transaction in twenty years—$69 Microsoft's billion acquisition of video game publisher Activision—was challenged by the F.T.C. in court on Thursday.

Lina Khan

The deed underlined Ms. Khan's remarks about curbing corporate power. It was the most audacious lawsuit filed recently by the agency to stop another, smaller deal in the name of competition.

Lina Khan

However, experts said Ms. Khan and the F.T.C. face challenges in blocking the Microsoft-Activision deal.

Lina Khan

This is because challenges to so-called vertical mergers, in which the two businesses do not directly compete, have been met with skepticism by courts.

Lina Khan

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