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Supreme Court Slams NCAA’s “Procompetitive Rationale” in Unanimous Ruling

Posted  07/1/21
By David A. Scupp, J. Wyatt Fore
Last week, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a lower court decision striking down NCAA rules limiting student-athlete compensation in a decision that is now being scrutinized for its impact on both antitrust law and college sports. In NCAA v. Alston, plaintiffs challenged those restrictions as a horizontal agreement to limit earnings for their labor.  The Supreme Court agreed, holding that the antitrust laws...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/29/21

Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

Antitrust Overhaul Passes Its First Tests. Now, the Hard Parts.  Six bills that could reshape the tech industry passed an important hurdle in the House. But the outcomes of the votes, and the debates before they took place, also showed divisions among lawmakers — and underscored why final passage of the...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/22/21

Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

The Justice Department sues to block a major insurance brokers’ merger.  The Department of Justice filed a civil suit on Wednesday to block the proposed merger of Aon and Willis Towers Watson, arguing that combining two of the Big Three insurance brokers would create an anticompetitive “behemoth.”...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/14/21

Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

U.S. Senate passes bill to raise fees on biggest mergers.  The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would increase fees that companies planning the biggest mergers pay to government antitrust agencies and give those agencies bigger budgets. The bill - co-sponsored by Democrat Amy Klobuchar, the top...

The Dawn of Antitrust Whistleblowing

Posted  06/9/21
By Marlene Koury, Kristian Soltes
Attorney headshots of Marlene Koury and Kristian Soltes

Whistleblowing is crossing paths with antitrust enforcement. Expect the trend to accelerate.

In the past few years, whistleblowers have become increasingly instrumental in detecting and addressing corporate wrongdoing. Increased protections and financial incentives have encouraged whistleblowers to expose corruption and other wrongdoing, much of which would otherwise often go unnoticed. This phenomenon is also...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/7/21

Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

Facebook's Marketplace in EU and UK antitrust crosshairs.  Europe and Britain launched formal antitrust investigations into Facebook on Friday to determine if the world's largest social network was using customer data to unfairly compete with advertisers, in a new assault on its business model. The...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/1/21
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Lawsuit claims Apple monopolizes heart-rate technology for Apple Watch.  A Silicon Valley company has filed an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple Inc of cornering the market for heart-rate monitoring technology for the Apple Watch, and endangering wearers' health. In a complaint, AliveCor Inc said Apple...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  05/24/21
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Buoyed by Federal Covid Aid, Big Hospital Chains Buy Up Competitors.  Billions of dollars in Covid aid cushioned financial losses caused by the pandemic at some of the nation’s largest hospital chains. But those bailouts also helped sustain the big chains’ spending sprees as they expanded even more...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  05/17/21

Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

Bipartisan U.S. bill to raise merger fees for big deals passes Senate panel.  A bill to increase the fees that companies planning the biggest mergers pay to government antitrust agencies and to give those agencies bigger budgets passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday on a voice vote. The bill -...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  05/10/21

Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

EU hopes new foreign buyer rules agreed within next year.  The European Union’s antitrust chief is hopeful draft rules intended to curb state-backed foreign buyers will be agreed within the next year, she said on Thursday. The rules aim to prevent companies that benefit from distorting foreign subsidies...

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