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GAO: U.S. Needs Internet Personal Data Privacy Protections for Consumers

In its 56-page Feb. 13 report, the GAO listed three issues that should be considered: Which agency or agencies should oversee Internet privacy. What ...

December 01, 2020
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The European Commission Accepts Narrow Commitments to Resolve Broadcom Investigation

On October 7, 2020, the European Commission accepted commitments offered by Broadcom Inc., ending its investigation into the chipmaker. Although a ...

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U.S., 11 States Sue to End Google’s Reign as “Monopoly Gatekeeper for the Internet”

Suit says company improperly uses market power to achieve exclusivity. The U.S. Department of Justice and 11 states have sued Google LLC in federal ...

October 20, 2020
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Finding and Fighting Anticompetitive Schemes: Avoiding the Big Squeeze

Why and how your organization's purchasing, legal, and finance professionals can form a formidable defense against profit-killing price-fixing, ...

September 25, 2020
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Auntie Em and Antitrust: Ending Ages-Old Ban, Movie Studios May Distribute Films and Own Theaters

At the end of the beloved 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy famously says to her Auntie Em, "There's no place like home!"  It's one of the best ...

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Altria, JUUL Call FTC’s Antitrust Complaint 'Ill-Conceived' and Deal Good for Competition, Consumers

Altria must show it was failing in the e-cig business for deal to survive. Altria Group, Inc. and JUUL Labs, Inc. fired back at the FTC’s April ...

August 18, 2020
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Raising New Questions re Antitrust Oversight, Epic Games Sues Apple, Google for Blocking 'Fortnite' App

When should 'marketplace platforms' be treated as markets controlled by operators? It poses a new brand of antitrust problem: private parties ...

August 14, 2020
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Elimination of Digital DIY Tax Prep Disrupter Should Concern Antitrust Law Enforcers

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a close look at the announced $7.1 billion acquisition of market disruptor Credit ...

August 11, 2020
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Class of End-Payors Certified in Illegal Monopolization Suit Against Drug Maker Allergan

On May 5, 2020, U.S. Judge Nina Gershon of New York granted certification to a class of end-payor plaintiffs (EPPs) who purchased the successful ...

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Seventh Circuit Breathes New Life into Refusal-to-Deal Claims

On Feb. 24, 2020, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals revived refusal-to-deal and tying claims brought against Comcast Corp. by Viamedia Inc. ...

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What Bankruptcy Counsel Need to Know About Antitrust Law: Nothing Is Free and Clear

Antitrust law doesn't take a back seat to bankruptcy. While bankruptcy is no one's idea of a dream, the beauty of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is that it ...

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Ticketmaster, Live Nation Get Booed: Concert-Goers File Class Action for “Unchecked” Abuse of Market Power

Live Nation Threatens Anyone Who Doesn’t Play Along, Plaintiffs Allege Concert-goers tired of paying “supracompetitive fees” on ticket purchases from ...

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Is a Moratorium on Mergers During the Pandemic a Bridge Too Far?

In an interview with Politico’s Leah Nylen and Betsy Woodruff Swan, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) explained that he wants the next coronavirus relief ...

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Is a Pandemic a Material Adverse Event in M&A?

Reuters has reported that Gray Television Inc. has withdrawn its $8.5 billion offer to buy Tegna Inc. due to the potential impact of the COVID-19 ...

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U.K. Begins Phase II Probe of Cengage/McGraw-Hill Merger

On March 10, 2020, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority gave Cengage and McGraw-Hill an ultimatum – provide remedies that cure the ...

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UK Threatens Phase II Review of Cengage/McGraw-Hill Deal

On March 10th, the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) gave Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill an ultimatum: address competition concerns or ...

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Enforcers, Experts Discuss Tamping Down Anticompetitive Behavior in Bio Market During FDA/FTC Workshop

  For believers in free markets it is important that they operate free of “shenanigans,” Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn ...

March 23, 2020
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DOJ: Event Powerhouse Live Nation Punished Concert Venues for Using Competing Ticketers Despite Bar

  Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., owner of some of the world’s biggest music venues, events and festivals, is currently operating under what the ...

March 19, 2020
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Are These the First Steps Toward a New Approach to Merger Control?

Big Tech mergers make big headlines, but there is much more to a deal than how much money changes hands. More important questions need to be ...

March 03, 2020
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Consolidation of Financial Markets Continues as Morgan Stanley Offers to Buy E*TRADE, Pioneer of Low-Cost Online Trading Segment

Morgan Stanley’s proposed $13 billion all-stock acquisition of the popular E*TRADE online discount brokerage made big headlines last week. While no ...

February 26, 2020
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Treasury’s New Regs Address Impact of Foreign Investments, Other Deals on National Security

The U.S. Treasury Department’s final regulations, giving it more power to scrutinize any national security risks that may arise from deals between ...

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Agencies’ Antitrust Suit Against Drug Maker Underscores Challenges of Bringing Biosimilars to Market

The Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General have sued Vyera Pharmaceuticals and two of its executives for antitrust law ...

February 05, 2020
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FTC Announces 2020 ‘Size of Transaction Thresholds’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Jan. 28, 2020, that the “size-of transaction threshold” for reporting proposed mergers and ...

February 04, 2020
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Lawsuit Opposes Creation of Textbook Publishing Duopoly, But Omits a Critical Remedy

Two of the three dominant college textbook publishers – McGraw-Hill Education, Inc. and Cengage Learning Holdings II, Inc. – have agreed to merge. ...

February 04, 2020
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At Long Last: FTC, DOJ Issue New Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have released for public comment their joint draft guidelines which courts may ...

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Company Sues to Hold the FTC and Its Merger Review Process Unconstitutional

“If that procedure sounds unfair, that’s because it is.” That’s how Axon Enterprise, Inc. describes the inner workings of the Federal Trade ...

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Schwab/TD Ameritrade Deal Would Create a Wealth Management Market Dominator

Charles Schwab Corp. has announced it will acquire TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. for $26 billion in stock. But the merger should receive significant ...

January 03, 2020
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FTC Challenges Illumina- PacBio Merger Over Next Gen DNA Sequencing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is challenging Illumina Inc.'s $1.2 billion acquisition of Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. (PacBio), ...

December 18, 2019
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Comcast Sued for Alleged Regional Sports Network Monopsony

Claiming Comcast Corp. is using its significant buying power and ambitious nationwide acquisition strategy to dominate the lucrative regional sports ...

December 10, 2019
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Undeterred by Challenges, Google Makes Another Move to Harvest Healthcare Data

You have to give Google credit. It’s no quitter. Despite pressure in the United States and Europe that might tell other companies to take a breath, ...

December 06, 2019
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Spurned by HP Board of Directors, Xerox Gets Hostile, and is Spurned Again

Copy equipment giant HP Inc. turned down the much smaller Xerox Holdings Corp.’s acquisition overtures twice in one week as the exchange of ...

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Billion-Dollar Merger of DNA Sequencing Firms Opposed by U.K., Questioned in U.S.

DNA sequencing giant Illumina, Inc.’s proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. has drawn opposition in the U.K. ...

November 05, 2019
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Take Our CLE Webinar: The Intersection of Antitrust and Privacy

Moderator & Speaker: Daniel J. Mogin | Managing Partner, MoginRubin LLP Speakers: Jennifer M. Oliver, CIPP/US | Partner, MoginRubin LLP Thomas N. ...

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Beef Buyer Class Action Says ‘Big Beef’ Colluded to Score Record Profits by Manipulating Capacity

Now it’s the direct purchasers of one of the nation’s most delicious and protein-rich commodities -- beef. The purchasers claim in a new class action ...

October 24, 2019
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CCPA Update: Governor Signs Batch of Amendments

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed several amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Issues range from the timing of ...

October 18, 2019
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California Tackles Big Pharma’s Anticompetitive ‘Pay for Delay’ Practices That Slow Down Lower-Cost Generic Drug Development

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 824, known as the “Pay-for-Delay" bill, blocking pharmaceutical companies from paying generic drug makers ...

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CCPA Changes Sent to Governor’s Desk as January Effective Date Draws Closer and Compliance Costs Loom Large

Several amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 are headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. Issues range from the timing of employer ...

October 10, 2019
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California’s College Athletes May Profit from Their Positions, Kicking Off a National Wave and a Bout with the NCAA

September 30, 2019, was a big day for college athletics. Alongside Lakers’ star LeBron James (who ironically skipped college), California Governor ...

The New Antitrust Paradox

Here are the puzzle pieces. Antitrust’s current consumer welfare standard enshrines short-term price and output effects and protecting competition – ...

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