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Trillium Argues Oregon Hospitals Conspired to Prevent Insurer’s Entry into State-Regulated Medicaid Markets

Posted  12/5/19
By James J. Kovacs
Three major hospital systems are accused of taking advantage of state regulation of healthcare to snuff out competition in a novel antitrust case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Trillium Community Health Plan, a subsidiary of the Centene Corporation, alleges numerous entities and individuals, including three prominent hospital systems—Legacy Health, Providence Health &...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/2/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. Closes Wireless Collusion Investigation With No Charges.  The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had ended an investigation into possible coordination among AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting organization to make it more difficult for people to switch wireless carriers. The agency said the...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/25/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Justice Dept. to Abolish Movie Distribution Rules Dating to 1949. The Justice Department says that it plans to overturn antitrust-related movie distribution rules from the early days of Hollywood, citing an entertainment landscape that has been radically reshaped by technology. “We cannot pretend that...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/18/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Visa discloses FTC probe on debit transactions.  Visa Inc. on Thursday said the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated an inquiry into whether the payments processor’s actions prohibited merchants from using other debit payment networks. Bloomberg Law reported on Wednesday the regulator was...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/11/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. Justice Dept sets up anti-price collusion 'strike force.'  The Justice Department said on Tuesday it had created a strike force that will identify and prosecute companies that fix prices or collude to push up the cost of billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. government purchases. The announcement...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/28/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. 47 Attorneys General Back Antitrust Probe Into Facebook.  Facebook's latest foes: nearly every U.S. state. A state-level antitrust investigation into the social networking giant now has the backing of a bipartisan group of 47 attorneys general, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday. The...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/21/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Sutter Health to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit.  A tentative settlement was announced on Wednesday in a case against Sutter Health, the sprawling hospital system in Northern California accused of anti-competitive behavior, just as the trial was to begin. The class-action lawsuit, which was brought by the...

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...

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...
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