Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Christine Wilson’s February 7, 2023, statement accompanying the Fiscal Year 2021 Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Annual Report chastised the other three Commissioners for requesting more review time and funding. (The other Commissioners’ accompanying statement included a continuing request for Congress to revise the timelines imposed by the HSR Act and to increase FTC funding.)

Commissioner Wilson responded to both requests. In response to the timeline request, Commissioner Wilson said that “[f]or decades the timelines did not create problems for the agencies. Parties routinely entered timing agreements with staff that provided adequate time for investigations. But, early in the current administration, the Commission flouted a negotiated timing agreement after the parties voluntarily extended the review period several times. . . . These actions create an environment in which merging parties rationally choose to shift away from the historical approach and instead keep the FTC on the statutory clock and save arguments for trial.”

It is perhaps not surprising then that on February 14, 2023, in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal, Commissioner Wilson announced her intent to resign from the FTC. Her resignation notice took particular aim at Chair Lina Khan, stating that “[m]y fundamental concern with her leadership of the commission pertains to her willful disregard of congressionally imposed limits on agency jurisdiction, her defiance of legal precedent, and her abuse of power to achieve desired outcomes.” It is not yet clear when Commissioner Wilson’s resignation will be effective or when her replacement will be appointed.

Jump to Page

Privacy Preference Center

When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.