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Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent regulatory agency authorized by the Federal Trade Commission Act to protect consumers from anti-competitive business practices including but not limited to false advertising, predatory pricing, and monopolies.

In addition, the FTC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) share the responsibility of reviewing and choosing whether to take action on the pre-merger filings required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act.