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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  11/7/16
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. A New Movement in Liberal Economics that Could Shape Hillary Clinton’s Agenda.  If you want to know what economic policy would look like in a Hillary Clinton administration, you can read her speeches or policy positions or look at the backgrounds of the advisers she surrounds herself with. But it’s...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/20/16
Advocate-NorthShore Merger Delayed Again.  Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem face another delay over a merger they announced almost two years ago.  U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso on Friday granted the Federal Trade Commission's request to halt the proposed merger pending its appeal of the judge's decision earlier this week that cleared the way for the deal to close.  On Tuesday, Judge...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/6/16
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. NRF Urges FTC to Probe Credit Card Body on Antitrust Concerns.  The National Retail Federation is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate an organization founded by credit card companies to set data security standards, saying the group's practices raise antitrust concerns.  The Payment Card...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  02/8/16
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. EU antitrust chief considers lower fines for cooperating companies.  European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager  is suggesting that companies that admit to breaking the law should be rewarded with lower fines to help speed up antitrust investigations.  The European Commission typically takes...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  01/25/16
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. Cable Acquisitions by Charter Communications Face Rising Opposition.  Comcast’s failed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable collapsed last year under pressure from regulators, who found that the combined company would have had both the power and incentive to inhibit the future of streaming...

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  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...

Sysco Scraps US Foods Merger After FTC Victory In Court

Posted  06/30/15
By Allison F. Sheedy Sysco Corp. announced yesterday that it is abandoning its plans to acquire food service rival US Foods Inc., following last week’s setback to the deal in federal court. In an opinion that closely tracked the FTC/DOJ Merger Guidelines, Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Federal Trade Commission a preliminary injunction to halt the proposed...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  03/2/15
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following. U.S. Asks If Comcast, Time Warner Cable Restricted Video Deals.  Federal regulators vetting Comcast Corp.’s proposal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. want to know if the cable giants tried to restrict Walt Disney Co. and other entertainment providers from offering programs to rival online video outlets. ...

European Antitrust Watchdogs Warn Of Uncertain Future For Pay-For-Delay Settlements

Posted  02/10/15
A View from Constantine Cannon’s London Office By Irene Fraile A recent lively discussion with European Commission competition officials indicates that antitrust enforcement is continuing to evolve to deal with the thorny issues raised by so-called “reverse-payment” or “pay-for-delay” patent litigation settlements designed to delay the sale of generic drugs. On January 29, 2015, Brussels Matters...

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