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Review Of 1992 Merger Guidelines Is A Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity

Posted  09/23/09
Antitrust practitioners that pass on the upcoming opportunity to comment on revising the 1992 Merger Guidelines will be missing an opportunity that comes once in a generation. For 17 years now, the Horizontal Merger Guidelines jointly developed by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have been one of a few doctrinal pillars of the faith among antitrust practitioners, most notably with respect...

Will The Microsoft-Yahoo Partnership Result In U.S. v. Microsoft Redux?

Posted  09/23/09
Antitrust enforcers may be seeing a lot of their old friends at Microsoft thanks to the Internet search deal the computer giant has reached with Yahoo!  As Constantine Cannon’s Matt Cantor discusses in his recent article, "Microsoft-Yahoo! 'Partnership' Is Anti-Competitive", the deal raises substantial antitrust issues that may doom it. It appears that Microsoft and Yahoo!'s proposed "partnership," which...

For Antitrust Enforcers, Causation Can Be The Matrix

Posted  09/23/09
“You see there is only one constant.  One universal.  It is the only real truth.  Causality.  Action, reaction.  Cause and effect.” -- The Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded Characters in science fiction films such as The Matrix series and The Time Traveler’s Wife have struggled with life-or-death issues of causation.  As highlighted by recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...

Justice Sotomayor's Pivotal Antitrust Decision

Posted  09/23/09
Though Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination hearings made lots of news, the media didn’t spend much time focusing on her antitrust decisions.  But the nation’s newest justice is no stranger to the Sherman Act. Constantine Cannon – as Lead Counsel in its groundbreaking debit card litigation – has first-hand experience with Justice Sotomayor's antitrust jurisprudence.  She authored a pivotal...

Will Congress Nix Resale Price Maintenance?

Posted  09/22/09
The chairmen of the House and Senate antitrust subcommittees are just saying no to the Supreme Court’s decision in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. 887 (2007)Leegin overturned the Supreme Court’s 1911 Dr. Miles decision holding that resale price maintenance was per se illegal.  Both bills seek to reinstitute the per se rule by statute. On January 6, 2009, Chairman Herb Kohl...

Leading Congressional Dems Open Antitrust Front In Healthcare War

Posted  09/22/09
The Chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees have joined forces to open a new – antitrust – front in the war for healthcare reform.  The two leading Democrats are seeking to boost healthcare reform with a partial repeal of an antitrust exemption that’s about as old as Democrats’ efforts to enact universal healthcare. On September 17, 2009, Chairman John Conyers (D.-Mich.) of the House...

Antitrust & Election Systems Collide: The Contested ES&S/Diebold Merger

Posted  09/18/09
In the 2000 Presidential election, Americans became painfully aware of the dirty secret of their democracy -- that the integrity of our elections depends on a messy patchwork of voting machines that use disparate and often archaic systems.  Since then, efforts have been made to improve and standardize the system but the weaknesses of the system remain and are particularly apparent in contested close elections.  Now...

A Warning For Corporate Parents In The EU’s Akzo Nobel Case

Posted  09/16/09
Being a parent means great responsibilities – especially if you’re a corporate parent with subsidiaries active in the European Union.  As a result of the European Commission’s Akzo Nobel case, such corporate parents now face greater antitrust liability for the conduct of their 100%-owned subsidiaries. On September 10, 2009, the European Court of Justice dismissed Akzo Nobel’s appeal of a 2007 judgment of...

Independent Counsel Could Have Saved Banks Billions In Antitrust Litigation

Posted  08/14/09
Could banks have saved billions of dollars in antitrust settlements if they had turned to independent antitrust counsel before entrusting their fate to Visa and MasterCard?

In the Visa and MasterCard antitrust litigations of the past 12 years, it appeared that many banks did not rely on independent counsel to evaluate or sanction practices that raised serious antitrust issues.  Rather, the banks seemed to have...

The Long-Term View Could Have Saved The Banks From Many A Pitfall

Posted  07/16/09
When the history of the recent Global Financial Crisis is written, the short-term thinking that has infected financial markets is likely to be identified as one of the main culprits.  The current credit crisis underscores how essential it is for banks to consider the long-term economic consequences of their decisions.

As the law firm that spearheaded historic antitrust litigation against Visa and MasterCard’s...

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