Christine Wilson, a Virginia antitrust attorney with Kirkland & Ellis who specializes in anti-competitive, multibillion-dollar corporate mergers, is reportedly under consideration for Federal Trade Commission chair.
With an $85 billion-dollar buyout by AT&T of Time Warner—fake news CNN’s parent company—hanging in the balance, Wilson’s candidacy is rankling supporters of independent media already concerned that the power to spread information is in the hands of precious too few.
In 2008, while a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, Wilson helped walk the $2.6 billion merger of Northwest and Delta Air Lines under the noses of Justice Department antitrust regulators—prompting American Lawyer magazine in June to slam Wilson’s consumer-punishing airline-consolidation work.
So what are we left with? Seats that are 17.8 inches wide. Thirty inches of legroom. Blankets that cost $12. Fees to get an assigned seat or to check a bag. And such disregard for customers that a passenger could be “re-accommodated” by force.
The FTC has the power to sue to stop anti-competitive mergers. Could Americans trust Wilson to do so?
The D.C. bar admitted Wilson on January 8, 1999. But Wilson, whose maiden name is “Smith Chambers,” had her Virginia law license suspended in 2002 by the state bar after she failed to pay her dues.
Records not available online reveal Chambers is not in “good standing” with the Virginia State Bar.
“Christine Smith Chambers, currently listed with the Virginia State Bar as an Associate (inactive) member, not in good standing was suspended for non-payment of dues on 10/10/2002,” Gale Cartwright, director of member compliance for the Virginia Star Bar, tells GotNews. “The annual dues for the 2002/2003 fiscal year were $125 and were due by July 31, 2002.”
If Wilson couldn’t cough up a hundred bucks or wasn’t organized enough to tell the Virginia bar she wanted to resign her license, what business does she have leading the FTC?
Besieged in October by CNN, President Donald J. Trump said at a campaign rally: “As an example of the power structure I’m fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.”
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