Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

This position is located in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission.  The Bureau of Competition is one of the major operating components of the Commission, with law enforcement responsibilities for antitrust charges arising under Sections 2, 3, 7, and 8 of the Clayton Act under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.  Specifically, the Anticompetitive Practices division investigates anticompetitive practices in industries other than healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Duties

At the highest level the incumbent prepares for trial and litigates or negotiates settlements in restraint of trade matters.  More specifically:

Makes initial determinations as to whether cases should be docketed for investigation; determines legal theories and plans for investigations and carries them out; reviews completed investigational reports for legal sufficiency.

In light of the evidence and the applicable legal precedents, determines whether the case should be closed or whether informal settlement should be attempted through administrative action; negotiates informal administrative settlements as appropriate.

Prepares proposed complaints and other legal documents needed during the various stages of litigation, such as trial briefs, subpoenas, motions, answers, depositions, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, proposed cease and desist orders, and appeal briefs.

Confers and corresponds with attorneys, businessperson and other members of the public, including applicants, prospective witnesses and other interested parties.

Prepares industry guides and trade regulation rules for Commission approval; participates in guide and rule proceedings.

Relocation Authorized

  • No