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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  02/4/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Democratic lawmaker re-introduces bills to strengthen antitrust.  Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, said on Friday that she had re-introduced two bills aimed at strengthening enforcement of U.S. antitrust law. One of the bills would adjust fees...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  01/28/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. E.U. Fines Mastercard $650 Million Over Fees Merchants Were Forced to Pay.  The European Commission has fined Mastercard 571 million euros, or around $650 million, for breaching antitrust rules by raising payment-processing fees artificially, leading to higher prices for retailers and consumers. The...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  01/14/19
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. HSBC to pay $30 million to settle bond rigging lawsuit in U.S.  HSBC Holdings Plc has agreed to pay $30 million to settle litigation by investors who accused 11 big banks of rigging the roughly $9 trillion government agency bond market from 2009 to 2015. The settlement with the British bank was made...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  12/17/18
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. CVS defends settlement that allowed Aetna merger as judge assesses.  CVS Health Corp. defended on Friday an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department which allowed it to purchase health insurer Aetna for $69 billion, a settlement that a federal judge is still assessing. The Justice Department approved...

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....

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 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...

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...

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...

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...
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