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Barbara T. Sicalides Quoted in Bloomberg Article, 'Facebook Latest FTC Headache: Probe of Social Media Competition'

7/25/2019
Barbara T. Sicalides Quoted in Bloomberg Article, 'Facebook Latest FTC Headache: Probe of Social Media Competition'

Barbara T. Sicalides, a partner with Pepper Hamilton and head of the Antitrust Section of the firm’s Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, was quoted in the July 24, 2019 Bloomberg article, "'Facebook Latest FTC Headache: Probe of Social Media Competition."

To open the probe against the company, the FTC would need to have credible concerns that Facebook is harming competition, either through an acquisition or a restrictive business arrangement, said Barbara Sicalides, an antitrust lawyer at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

“Somebody has to have raised with them actual conduct that would fall within the realm of antitrust harm, which is limiting innovation, raising prices, or restricting output,” Sicalides said. “They could have restraints that limit people’s access, like vendors or other people’s access.”

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