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States Take Charge In Seeking to Block Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint

Posted  06/25/19
By James J. Kovacs
The unusual effort by more than a dozen state attorneys general to stop T-Mobile’s acquisition of its rival Sprint is perhaps most noteworthy for the antitrust enforcer that is not in the courtroom—the U.S. Department of Justice. As he was scheduling trial for October 7, 2019, United States District Court Judge Victor Marrero said what was on everyone’s mind:  “The elephant not in the room is the Justice...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/24/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. FTC objects to Qualcomm submission of Apple documents in antitrust case.  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday objected to a move by mobile chip supplier Qualcomm Inc. to introduce internal Apple Inc. documents in its fight to stop the enforcement of a May antitrust ruling. On Tuesday, Qualcomm...

THE US DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA RECEIVES AN ANTITRUST CLAIM AGAINST BITCOIN COMPANIES CONCERNING ALLEGED COORDINATION IN ORDER TO RESTRAIN TRADE (UNITED AMERICAN CORP / BITMAIN)

Posted  06/19/19
CC Attorney Kristian Soltes
Concurrences publishes article by associate Kristian Soltes.  Click  here to read the article.

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/17/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. States Sue to Stop $26.5 Billion Sprint-T-Mobile Deal.  A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. The state attorneys general said the promised benefits, such as better networks...

Payments News Update -- June 12, 2019

Posted  06/12/19
Legal and Regulatory Developments Banks Warn EU Rules Will Scupper a Quarter of Online Payments Financial Times – June 12, 2019 Europe’s big banks have warned that more than a quarter of online payments will be impossible to complete from September because of a lack of preparedness for new EU anti-fraud rules and have “urgently” requested more time to adapt. In a letter seen by the Financial Times,...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/10/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Developers sue Apple over App Store practices.  Two app developers on Tuesday sued Apple Inc over its App Store practices, making claims similar to those in a lawsuit brought by consumers that the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed to proceed. California-based app developer Donald R. Cameron and...

Payments News Update -- June 5, 2019

Posted  06/5/19
Industry Developments SPOTLIGHT: Is It Enough? Digital Transactions Magazine – June 1, 2019 For Mastercard and Visa chargeback process changes to make the most impact on friendly fraud, merchants will have to take matters into their own hands. About a year ago, Visa Inc. rolled out a new initiative to update, modernize, and streamline chargeback procedures and the dispute-management process. Later in the...

June 3, 2019

Constantine Cannon associate James Kovacs was quoted in the Healthcare Dive article, What's at stake in CVS-Aetna merger hearing: 4 questions.  Click here to read the article. .

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/3/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Justice Dept. Explores Google Antitrust Case.  The Justice Department is exploring whether to open a case against Google for potential antitrust violations, three people with knowledge of the deliberations said Friday. In 2013, the Federal Trade Commission investigated how Google arranges search results....
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