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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/14/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. State attorney general group probing Facebook could expand to 40: source.  An estimated 40 U.S. state attorneys general will participate in a probe of Facebook Inc, a source said, suggesting many more states want allegations of anticompetitive practices at the social media company investigated. The probe...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/7/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Exclusive: Antitrust probers in Congress ask Spotify to detail alleged Apple abuses – sources.  U.S. lawmakers have requested information from Apple critic Spotify as part of an antitrust probe, according to two sources briefed on the investigation into allegations the iPhone maker engages in...

DOJ Agreement to Use Binding Arbitration to Resolve Merger Dispute Could Herald New Approach in Antitrust Enforcement

Posted  10/3/19
By Alex Cohen Federal antitrust enforcers may be increasingly looking to arbitrators—instead of federal courts—to be the arbiters of competition law if a new approach in enforcement takes hold. This approach was highlighted on September 4, 2019, when the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  09/30/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. Justice Department to open Facebook antitrust investigation: source.  The U.S. Justice Department will open an antitrust investigation of Facebook Inc., a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, marking the fourth recent antitrust probe of the social media company.  Facebook also faces...

The Ninth Circuit’s Decision in hiQ v. LinkedIn: Data Scraping May Have a Future, But for How Long?

Posted  09/27/19
By Seth D. Greenstein Do companies that gather public information have an obligation to make that information available en masse to would-be competitors?  Do competitors have a right to access those companies’ websites to get that information?  And do the interests in a free and open Internet prevail over the privacy of millions of citizens whose information is being “scraped” for commercial purposes they...

A Rerun That Deserves to be Cancelled: DirectTV-DISH Merger Would Still Likely be Anticompetitive After All These Years

Posted  09/25/19
By Matthew L. Cantor In 2002, Constantine Cannon’s founder, Lloyd Constantine, and I helped convince 23 State Attorneys General (both Democrats and Republicans), the Bush 43 Antitrust Division, and the FCC to block the proposed acquisition of DirecTV, Inc. by EchoStar Communications (which owns and operates the DISH network).  See Read More

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  09/23/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Trial Approaching in California Hospital Antitrust Case.  Spurred in part by former President Barack Obama's health care law, hospitals across the country have merged to form massive medical systems in the belief it would simplify the process for patients. But a simpler bill doesn't always guarantee a...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  09/16/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. House panel to review DOJ automaker antitrust probe.  The U.S. House Judiciary Committee plans to hold hearings and seek documents into the Justice Department’s decision to open an antitrust investigation into four major automakers’ voluntary agreement with California to adopt compromise vehicle...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  09/9/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Under Pressure: Facebook Faces Antitrust Probes.  Facebook has barely shaken off a record $5 billion fine by U.S. regulators over its privacy practices, but it already faces new investigations — not to mention ongoing ones — into potential antitrust violations and other issues. Now, a group of state...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  09/3/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. appeals court revives aluminum antitrust cases vs Goldman, JPMorgan, Glencore. A federal appeals court revived lawsuits by aluminum purchasers that accused Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, mining company Glencore and other companies of conspiring to drive up prices for the metal by reducing supply. In...
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