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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/10/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Developers sue Apple over App Store practices.  Two app developers on Tuesday sued Apple Inc over its App Store practices, making claims similar to those in a lawsuit brought by consumers that the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed to proceed. California-based app developer Donald R. Cameron and...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/3/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Justice Dept. Explores Google Antitrust Case.  The Justice Department is exploring whether to open a case against Google for potential antitrust violations, three people with knowledge of the deliberations said Friday. In 2013, the Federal Trade Commission investigated how Google arranges search results....

The First Blockchain Antitrust Case. Or Is It?

Posted  05/29/19
By Kristian Soltes
Legal professionals paying close attention to the still nascent world of blockchains and cyptocurrencies are following what is considered to be the first antitrust case involving cryptocurrencies. For enthusiasts, United American Corp. v. Bitmain, Inc. involves the self-described inventor of bitcoin on one side, the operator of bitcoin.com on the other side, the world’s largest mining pools, and the Bitcoin Cash...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  05/28/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Qualcomm Violated Antitrust Laws, U.S. Judge Rules.  Qualcomm abused its position as a giant of the semiconductor industry to harm competition and overcharge cellphone makers, a federal judge has ruled, striking at the heart of the company’s business and sending shock waves through the smartphone...

The FTC’s Victory in the Qualcomm Case Highlights the Big Competition-Policy Issue at the Center of the DOJ’s and FTC’s Tiny Spat

Posted  05/22/19
By Ankur Kapoor
A San Francisco federal court ruled yesterday that Qualcomm’s decades-long “no license, no chips” business practices violated federal antitrust law. The case promises to be a watershed moment for what it means for tech companies to license standard-essential patents on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”) basis. Judge Lucy Koh’s decision is also likely to be a watershed moment for what...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  05/20/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

In setback for Apple, U.S. Supreme Court lets App Store antitrust suit proceed.  A divided U.S. Supreme Court last Monday gave the go-ahead to an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple Inc. of forcing consumers to overpay for iPhone software applications, a decision that could lead to billions of dollars in...

Will Apple’s Crackdown On Third-Party Apps Continue With iOS 13?

Posted  05/16/19
By Grant Petrosyan
Over the past year, Apple has removed or imposed restrictions on at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps on the iOS App Store. Apple began its “crackdown” on this category of apps around the same time it released iOS 12, which introduced Apple’s own screen-time tracking tool, Screen Time. Next month, Apple will debut iOS 13. Bloomberg, CNET, and others have already provided...

Apple v. Pepper: Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Block Consumer Claims Under Indirect-Purchaser Rule

Posted  05/15/19
By Harrison J. McAvoy
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a much-anticipated decision in the Apple v. Pepper case, where iPhone owners are accusing Apple of monopolizing the retail market for iOS applications, or apps. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, holding that iPhone owners have standing to pursue a claim for damages against Apple under the federal antitrust laws. The decision has significant implications in terms of both...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  05/6/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big.  Facebook’s announcement in late April that it had set aside $3 billion to $5 billion to settle claims that it mishandled users’ personal data suggested a strong consensus by federal regulators that the social media giant needed to...

Federal Court Extends Tunney Act Review to Embrace Mini-Trial on DOJ Settlement of CVS-Aetna Merger

Posted  05/3/19
By James J. Kovacs
In a rather extraordinary move, United States District Court Judge Richard J. Leon has ordered a mini-trial to determine whether the  U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) settlement green-lighting the merger of CVS Health and Aetna is in the public interest. To date, no federal court has ordered a Tunney Act hearing with testimony from various concerned non-parties.  While it remains to be seen whether the...
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