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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...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/11/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. Justice Dept sets up anti-price collusion 'strike force.'  The Justice Department said on Tuesday it had created a strike force that will identify and prosecute companies that fix prices or collude to push up the cost of billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. government purchases. The announcement...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/4/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Facebook in EU antitrust crosshairs, online marketplace now under scrutiny. Facebook’s online marketplace has attracted scrutiny from EU antitrust regulators who are seeking details about its role vis-a-vis rivals in online classified ads, a questionnaire seen by Reuters showed. Launched in 2016,...

DOJ Tells Congress Criminal Prosecution of No-Poach Agreements is Still a “High Priority”

Posted  10/31/19
By J. Wyatt Fore Although federal antitrust regulators have yet to file criminal charges against no-poach agreements, such prosecutions may be forthcoming, according to testimony on Capitol Hill earlier this week. On Tuesday, the Antitrust Subcommittee of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Competition in Labor Markets, which included an interesting exchange about the federal government’s...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/28/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. 47 Attorneys General Back Antitrust Probe Into Facebook.  Facebook's latest foes: nearly every U.S. state. A state-level antitrust investigation into the social networking giant now has the backing of a bipartisan group of 47 attorneys general, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday. The...
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