USA News

FTC commissioner dissents from Walgreens/Rite Aid clearance

FTC commissioner dissents from Walgreens/Rite Aid clearance

GCR USA - 20 September 2017

The remaining Democrat on the Federal Trade Commission has voiced her opposition to allowing Walgreens Boots Alliance's acquisition of 1,932 Rite Aid stores without further investigation, arguing the tie-up could lead to higher drug prices and fewer options for consumers.

Judge partially sides with FTC on sham litigation

Judge partially sides with FTC on sham litigation

GCR USA - 19 September 2017

A federal judge has agreed with the Federal Trade Commission that AbbVie and Besins Healthcare pursued "objectively baseless" litigation when they sued rival drugmakers in an apparent attempt to delay the Federal Drug Administration's approval of generic versions to AndroGel.

Democrats say merger bills strengthen antitrust enforcement

Democrats say merger bills strengthen antitrust enforcement

GCR USA - 18 September 2017

Legislation introduced in the Senate last week would require large companies to prove their deals are not materially anticompetitive, shifting the burden of proof from the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to the companies involved in mega-mergers.

Twitter rival sues Google for app exclusion

Twitter rival sues Google for app exclusion

GCR USA - 18 September 2017

In an antitrust complaint mixing claims of political discrimination and essential facilities, Gab has sued Google for refusing to allow the right-wing social network's app to be downloaded through the Android Play store.

DOJ keeps to traditional bounds in changing times

DOJ keeps to traditional bounds in changing times

GCR USA - 15 September 2017

Even in rapidly changing times, both politically and technologically, the country's top antitrust cop said the US will continue to pursue antitrust enforcement using its traditional tools and standards for evidence.

Yelp urges FTC to intervene in Google dispute

Yelp urges FTC to intervene in Google dispute

GCR USA - 14 September 2017

The user review site Yelp is asking the Federal Trade Commission to intervene in a dispute accusing Google, its longtime competitor in local business search, of stealing content from its site in violation of commitments made to the FTC in 2013.

Senior Trump official previews civil enforcement

GCR USA - 13 September 2017

While saying he does not expect a "huge swing" from the Obama Administration to the one in which he now serves, the US Department of Justice's deputy for antitrust litigation has indicated some divergences between his views and those of his predecessors.

Judge refuses to dismiss states' Suboxone suit

Judge refuses to dismiss states' Suboxone suit

GCR USA - 13 September 2017

Indivior has failed to convince a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the drugmaker engaged in product-hopping to keep low-cost generic drugs from competing with its opioid-addiction treatment Suboxone.

Eleventh Circuit revives auto insurance antitrust lawsuit

Eleventh Circuit revives auto insurance antitrust lawsuit

GCR USA - 12 September 2017

A divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has reversed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit accusing auto insurance companies of agreeing what prices they would pay for repairs and boycotting auto body shops that sought higher rates.

Qualcomm fails to kill foreign Apple actions

Qualcomm fails to kill foreign Apple actions

GCR USA - 11 September 2017

Citing foreign antitrust authorities' probes of the same conduct, a California federal judge has refused to bar Apple from suing Qualcomm in overseas courts over the chipmaker's patent policies.