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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/22/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. StarKist to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing and Face $100 Million Fine.  StarKist agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to one felony charge of price fixing for its role in a broad conspiracy to rig the price of canned and ready-to-eat tuna, the Justice Department said. The company faces a fine...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/15/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. In rare bipartisan move, 31 states ask SCOTUS to undo ban on consumer antitrust claims. America’s gaping political divide turns out to be bridgeable – at least when state politicians decide to rally around the cause of overturning U.S. Supreme Court precedent that protects monopolists from consumer suits. Attorneys general representing...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/8/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Bill allowing U.S. to sue OPEC drawing renewed interest. With oil prices hitting fresh four-year highs, long-dormant proposals to allow the United States to sue OPEC nations are getting a fresh look in Congress, though they were once considered a longshot to becoming law. A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Wednesday will...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/1/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Aetna, seeking antitrust nod, sells Medicare drug business to WellCare.  Health insurer Aetna Inc  said on Thursday it will sell its standalone Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans Inc as it seeks U.S. antitrust approval for a planned acquisition by CVS Health Corp. The $69 billion CVS-Aetna deal...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  09/24/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Visa, Mastercard reach $6.2 billion settlement over card-swipe fees.  Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc., and a number of U.S. banks on Tuesday agreed to pay $6.2 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit brought by merchants over the fees they pay when they accept card payments. Visa and Mastercard previously reached a $7.25...

The Antitrust Week in Review

Posted  09/17/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Trump's antitrust enforcer considers shifting up a gear.  The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, which stops mergers it believes will push up prices, signaled Thursday he was willing to consider tougher enforcement, a move that could affect high profile big tech companies but also energy producers, drug makers and a...

The Antitrust Week in Review

Posted  09/10/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Apple’s Takeover of Shazam Is Cleared by European Regulators.  European authorities on Thursday cleared Apple’s acquisition of the popular song-recognition app Shazam, after months of study into whether the deal would give the iPhone maker an unfair advantage over rival streaming music services like Spotify. Apple said in December that it...

The Antitrust Week in Review

Posted  09/4/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Big banks win dismissal in U.S. of bond rigging lawsuit.  A U.S. judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit by investors that accused nine big banks of rigging the roughly $9 trillion government agency bond market from 2005 to 2015. In a decision made public on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos...

The Antitrust Week in Review

Posted  08/27/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Apple to gain unconditional EU approval for Shazam buy: sources.  Apple is set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for its planned acquisition of British music discovery app Shazam, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The deal, announced in December last year, would help the iPhone maker better...

The Antitrust Week in Review

Posted  08/20/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Apple accused of pressuring game rivals in Japan: Nikkei.  Japanese regulators are investigating Apple Inc over allegations it unfairly pressured Yahoo Japan Corp to slow the expansion of its online games platform, which competes with Apple’s App Store, Japanese media reported on Thursday. The Fair Trade Commission is looking at whether...
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