Antitrust expert who defeated Microsoft says FTC’s Activision deal strategy is ‘insane’

what you need to know

  • Microsoft is currently trying to acquire Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion.
  • The deal is under regulatory scrutiny, with the FTC in the US trying 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 isn’t strong.
  • Douglas Melamed, a former antitrust expert who helped lead a major winning case against Microsoft in the ’90s, says the FTC’s strategy is “insane.”

The back-and-forth of Microsoft’s latest major purchase and the legal drama that came with it isn’t going away anytime soon, but another legal expert has weighed in on the matter.

Speaking to Straight Arrow News (opens in new tab)antitrust expert Douglas Melamed is extremely skeptical about the FTC’s strategy of blocking Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard. FTC chief Lina Khan has publicly discussed bringing cases even when there isn’t much evidence, something Melamed calls “crazy.”

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