FTC launches GenAI investigation

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has begun an investigation into Generative AI investments and partnerships. The FTC is using its investigative power pursuant to Section 6(b) of the FTC act which allows the FTC to issue compulsory process (similar to a subpoena or Civil Investigative Demand) to learn information about an organization, without a specific law-enforcement purpose. Historically, the FTC has used its 6(b) power to conduct studies regarding particular industries or practices that may inform future agency positions or enforcement priorities.  The investigation announced today is a concrete fact-gathering step by the FTC regarding the regulation of Generative AI.

U.S. Antitrust Draft Guidelines Address Using AI in Mergers

On July 19, 2023, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly released draft Merger Guidelines to amend and update both the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines and the Vertical Merger Guidelines that were issued in 2020 and later rescinded by the FTC in 2021.

The draft guidelines underscore recent enforcement efforts to rein in technology mergers. They target large platform providers, as well as mergers that might entrench or extend a dominant position (suggesting that a 30 percent share implies a dominant position). The draft guidelines focus on multisided platforms and competition between platforms, on the platform and to displace a platform. The agencies also specifically reference the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence in assessing potential post-merger coordination. Read the full Alert on the Duane Morris website.

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