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The Antitrust Week in Review

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  08/17/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. FTC offers first-ever guidance on 'unfair competition.'  The Federal Trade Commission has released unprecedented guidance on what constitutes "unfair competition," but has stopped short of offering the level of detail long sought by businesses.  The guidance is actually the first attempt by the FTC to...

The Antitrust Week in Review

Posted  08/10/15
U.S. hospitals urge DOJ antitrust probe of Anthem-Cigna deal.  U.S. hospitals are urging antitrust regulators to consider whether health insurer Anthem’s planned acquisition of rival Cigna would boost healthcare costs.  In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Hospital Association, the hospital industry's largest lobbying group, said combining the No. 1 and No. 5 health insurers threatens to...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  08/3/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Two major hospital systems might be merging.  Continuing the trend in healthcare-provider consolidation, Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health announced Friday that they had signed a letter of intent to merge. The health systems cautioned that they were only in the “very early stages” of...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  07/29/15
Anthem Inc. to buy Cigna Corp. for over $54 billion.  If approved by antitrust regulators, the deal would create the largest health insurer in the country, covering 53 million lives.  The acquisition closely follows Aetna’s announcement, at the beginning of the month, that it would buy Humana for $37 billion.  Health insurers are seeking to justify this latest wave of industry consolidation on the ground that...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  07/20/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Accusing Amazon of Antitrust Violations, Authors and Booksellers Demand Inquiry.  Five years after Amazon asked antitrust regulators to investigate leading publishers, groups representing thousands of authors, agents and independent booksellers are asking the United States Department of Justice to...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  07/13/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. MasterCard Faces Antitrust Charges in E.U.  European antitrust officials have filed formal charges against MasterCard, accusing the company of harming consumers and retailers by setting artificially high fees for credit card transactions in Europe.  The European Commission said MasterCard had prevented...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  07/6/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Airlines Under Justice Dept. Investigation Over Possible Collusion.  Federal prosecutors are investigating possible collusion among airlines to limit seating, two years after the U.S. Department of Justice approved the latest in a wave of airline mergers, saying the combination would benefit consumers. ...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/29/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Judge Halts Sysco’s Proposed Merger With US Foods.  A federal judge has ordered a preliminary injunction to block Sysco’s proposed merger with US Foods, dealing a potentially fatal blow to what would be a union of the two biggest food distribution companies in the United States.  The injunction is a...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/22/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Anthem Makes $47 Billion Offer for Rival Cigna.  One of the biggest health insurers in the United States, Anthem, has revealed that it is offering to buy rival Cigna for more than $47 billion in cash and stock.  The move is the latest step toward an expected consolidation among health insurance...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/15/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Apple Music and Labels Investigated in 2 States.  The attorneys general of New York and Connecticut have been investigating Apple’s negotiations with music companies for possible antitrust violations.  The attorneys general wanted to know whether Apple pressured the music labels — or whether the...
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