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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  01/13/20
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. agency considering rule reining in non-compete agreements for workers.  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of two agencies that enforce antitrust law, is considering a rule aimed at reining in corporations from pushing employees to sign non-compete agreements that prevent them from working...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  01/6/20
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Police body camera maker Axon sues U.S. FTC over antitrust litigation.  Axon Enterprise Inc. is suing the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in a bid to have antitrust proceedings over an acquisition heard in a federal court and not in an internal FTC process, claiming that the FTC’s ability to both...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/23/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Sutter Health to Pay $575 Million to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit.  Sutter Health, the large hospital system in Northern California, said Friday that it had agreed to pay $575 million to settle claims of anti-competitive behavior brought by the California state attorney general as well as unions and...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/16/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. F.T.C. Is Said to Consider an Injunction Against Facebook.  The Federal Trade Commission is considering seeking a preliminary injunction against Facebook to prevent the social network from integrating several of its messaging services, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The agency...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/9/19
Facebook in EU antitrust crosshairs over data collection.  EU antitrust regulators are investigating how Facebook collects and monetizes its data, the European Commission said, opening a second front on top of an existing probe into the social media giant’s online marketplace. “These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes,” the EU...

Trillium Argues Oregon Hospitals Conspired to Prevent Insurer’s Entry into State-Regulated Medicaid Markets

Posted  12/5/19
By James J. Kovacs
Three major hospital systems are accused of taking advantage of state regulation of healthcare to snuff out competition in a novel antitrust case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Trillium Community Health Plan, a subsidiary of the Centene Corporation, alleges numerous entities and individuals, including three prominent hospital systems—Legacy Health, Providence Health &...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/2/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. Closes Wireless Collusion Investigation With No Charges.  The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had ended an investigation into possible coordination among AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting organization to make it more difficult for people to switch wireless carriers. The agency said the...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/25/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Justice Dept. to Abolish Movie Distribution Rules Dating to 1949. The Justice Department says that it plans to overturn antitrust-related movie distribution rules from the early days of Hollywood, citing an entertainment landscape that has been radically reshaped by technology. “We cannot pretend that...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/18/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Visa discloses FTC probe on debit transactions.  Visa Inc. on Thursday said the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated an inquiry into whether the payments processor’s actions prohibited merchants from using other debit payment networks. Bloomberg Law reported on Wednesday the regulator was...

Congress Steps Up Its Oversight of Competition in Intellectual Property Licensing

Posted  11/12/19
By Seth D. Greenstein Congress is staking out new markers in its oversight of intellectual property licensing as Senators and Representatives grapple with a changing technological landscape. The House Judiciary Committee’s ongoing bipartisan investigation into competition in digital markets—including requests for information to Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple—garnered significant press attention...
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