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FTC Continues Eyeing Google’s AdMob

Posted  05/14/10
The Federal Trade Commission will extend by up to two weeks its decision on whether to formally investigate Google for its acquisition of mobile web-advertising startup AdMob. According to the New York Times, the federal antitrust enforcer initially planned to make a decision on Monday, but has requested the extra time in part to consider whether Apple’s own entry into mobile advertising affects antitrust...

DOJ Targets Potential Collusion In High Tech Hiring

Posted  04/20/10
If you’ve ever wondered why Dilbert is still working for his insufferable pointy-haired boss, the answer could be collusive hiring practices at high tech companies. Recent news reports indicate the U.S. Department of Justice is ramping up its investigation into hiring practices at large U.S. tech companies.  The probe is looking into whether the companies' hiring practices are costing skilled computer engineers...

Senator Kohl Leery Of Google Gobbling Up AdMob

Posted  04/12/10
Google’s informal motto is “Don’t be evil.”  Whether or not it has breached that principle, the internet search and advertising giant may be about to run afoul of antitrust law, according to the Senate’s head antitrust watchdog. On Tuesday, Senator Herb Kohl, chair of the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at Google’s...

DOT Tentatively Approves American Airlines and British Airways Joint Venture

Posted  02/24/10
The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) has issued a show-cause order that tentatively approves the antitrust immunity application for the joint venture between members of the oneworld airline alliance, including American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia.  The tentative approval applies to transatlantic traffic, which American Airlines and British Airways dominate for routes between the U.S. and the...

Should Manhattan Hospitals Prepare For Outbreak Of Monopolization?

Posted  02/10/10
St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan may have survived its recent brush with possible monopolization, but its financial health leaves it susceptible to relapse.  That’s the diagnosis of some antitrust practitioners, who are bracing for another outbreak. The weak financial health of St. Vincent's Hospital has been in the news lately.  News reports indicate that St. Vincent's, located on Manhattan’s West 12th...

Obama DOJ Makes Ticketmaster Work For Its Ticket To Ride With Live Nation

Posted  01/28/10
Although Ticketmaster’s got a ticket to ride with its merger target, Live Nation, the ticket vendor is finding that the price of a ticket for a merger has gone up in the Obama Administration. The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice forced Ticketmaster this week to take actions to achieve antitrust clearance of its merger with Live Nation.  Among other things, Ticketmaster was compelled to...

Will The DOJ’s Holiday Greeting To The EC Bring Holiday Cheer?

Posted  12/29/09
The DOJ’s Antitrust Division has sent the European Commission a holiday greeting that appears designed to mollify the EC after a DOJ statement last month that the EC viewed as a lump of coal in its Christmas stocking. “The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division commends the efforts of the European Commission …”  These were the opening words of a surprising statement issued by Assistant Attorney General...

Antitrust Issues Keeping Coffee Executives Awake

Posted  12/28/09
If coffee executives can’t sleep at night, it isn’t the coffee, it’s the antitrust issues. Coffee companies around the world are working through the holiday season, contending with merger issues in the U.S. and price fixing in Europe. In the U.S., Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has voluntarily withdrawn its filing with the FTC regarding its purchase of Diedrich Coffee Inc. after consultation with the...

Connecticut AG Eyes UnitedHealthcare-Health Net Merger

Posted  12/21/09
While consideration of health care may be dominating the halls of Congress, state officials are reminding health insurers that the Feds don’t have a monopoly in regulation. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has announced that his office is investigating the merger of UnitedHealthcare and Health Net Inc. UnitedHealthcare agreed in July to pay approximately $510 million to buy Health Net’s...

Sirius XM Radio Subscriber Attacks Merger, Claiming Prices Now Go To 11

Posted  12/17/09
A subscriber in Florida is suing Sirius XM Radio, challenging the 2008 merger of the two satellite radio services with allegations of deceptive and excessive pricing. The private suit claims that despite the commitments Sirius and XM made to the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission as a condition of merger approval, the combined firm has raised prices above competitive levels. Both the...
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