Antitrust Expert Who Beat Microsoft Says FTC’s Activision Settlement Strategy ‘Crazy’

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what you need to know

  • Microsoft is currently trying to acquire Activision Blizzard for almost $69 billion.
  • The deal is under regulatory review, and the FTC in the US is seeking to block the purchase.
  • Lina Khan, head of the FTC, has publicly stated that she wants the agency to bring cases even when the evidence is not strong.
  • Douglas Melamed, a former antitrust expert who helped bring a major successful case against Microsoft in the 1990s, calls the FTC’s strategy “crazy.”

The swing of Microsoft’s latest big purchase and the associated legal drama won’t go away anytime soon, but another legal expert has weighed in.

Speaking with Straight Arrow News (opens in a new tab), antitrust expert Douglas Melamed seems extremely skeptical of the FTC’s strategy to try to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. FTC Director Lina Khan has publicly discussed filing cases even when there isn’t a great deal of evidence, something Melamed refers to as “crazy.”

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