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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/10/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. appeals court hears arguments on stopping AT&T purchase of Time-Warner.  A three-judge appeals court panel on Thursday questioned the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to a lower court’s approval of AT&T Inc.’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. “Where is the clear error?” U.S. Judge Judith Rogers asked Justice Department attorney...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/3/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. top court leans towards allowing Apple App Store antitrust suit.  U.S. Supreme Court justices appear open to letting a lawsuit proceed against Apple Inc. that accused it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and causing consumers to overpay.  The nine justices heard an...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/19/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. Justice Department to curb bid-rigging in government purchases. The U.S. Justice Department plans to be more aggressive in pressing antitrust charges against companies that have rigged bids for government contracts, the agency’s antitrust chief said on Thursday.  Makan Delrahim, head of the antitrust division, made the remarks in a speech...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/12/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. EU's Vestager says probe into Google AdSense case nearing end.  EU regulators are close to wrapping up their third case against Alphabet unit Google involving its AdSense advertising service, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, suggesting the company may soon be hit with another hefty fine. The comments by European Competition...

Federal Court Agrees with FTC in Ruling Qualcomm Must License Standard-Essential Patents to Competitors

Posted  11/9/18
By David Golden
The Federal Trade Commission won a key ruling against Qualcomm in federal court on Tuesday that could herald greater limits on tech companies’ ability to unilaterally dictate how they license their standard-essential patents. Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Qualcomm must license its standard-essential patents (“SEPs”) for 4G/LTE baseband chips to other competing baseband chip manufacturers.  Part of a larger...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/5/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. AT&T's WarnerMedia accuses DOJ with 'collaborating' with Dish in HBO dispute.  AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of “collaborating” with Dish Network Corp. in a high profile dispute over carrying HBO and Cinemax. For the first time in its 40-year history, Warner Media’s HBO, known for its...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/29/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Broadcom facing EU antitrust scrutiny over market dominance: Bloomberg. Broadcom Inc. is facing antitrust scrutiny from the European Union over the possible use of its market dominance to pressure customers to buy its semiconductors, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. The preliminary inquiry by the EU focuses on Broadcom’s sales of chips in...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/22/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. StarKist to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing and Face $100 Million Fine.  StarKist agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to one felony charge of price fixing for its role in a broad conspiracy to rig the price of canned and ready-to-eat tuna, the Justice Department said. The company faces a fine...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/15/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. In rare bipartisan move, 31 states ask SCOTUS to undo ban on consumer antitrust claims. America’s gaping political divide turns out to be bridgeable – at least when state politicians decide to rally around the cause of overturning U.S. Supreme Court precedent that protects monopolists from consumer suits. Attorneys general representing...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  10/1/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Aetna, seeking antitrust nod, sells Medicare drug business to WellCare.  Health insurer Aetna Inc  said on Thursday it will sell its standalone Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans Inc as it seeks U.S. antitrust approval for a planned acquisition by CVS Health Corp. The $69 billion CVS-Aetna deal...
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