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Delrahim stakes out position against behavioural remedies

Delrahim stakes out position against behavioural remedies

GCR USA - 17 November 2017

The chief of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has said the agency will return to structural relief to remedy anticompetitive mergers, rather than applying the behavioural remedies that were used under the previous administration.

DOJ wants to speed up merger review process

DOJ wants to speed up merger review process

GCR USA - 17 November 2017

The Antitrust Division’s deputy assistant attorney general has said the department’s leadership wants to reduce the time it takes to review mergers, and advised attorneys to be transparent and communicative with enforcers when attempting a merger.

FCC broadcast ownership vote stirs controversy

FCC broadcast ownership vote stirs controversy

GCR USA - 16 November 2017

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has said that he will vote today to repeal a rule that had limited radio and television stations’ acquisitions – sparking a fierce debate on whether the move will harm competition in local media markets.

House chair: net neutrality is greatest antitrust question today

GCR USA - 16 November 2017

The chairman of the House of Representatives’ courts, intellectual property and internet committee has said that the ongoing debate about net neutrality presents the greatest antitrust question of our time.

Third Circuit doubts Uber’s entry was anticompetitive

Third Circuit doubts Uber’s entry was anticompetitive

GCR USA - 16 November 2017

An appellate panel at oral arguments on Tuesday expressed doubt that Uber’s entry into Philadelphia’s for-hire transportation market was an illegal attempted monopoly, as the judges questioned how the company’s entry can be characterised as anything but procompetitive.

FTC: drugmakers’ agreement was cover for illegal scheme

FTC: drugmakers’ agreement was cover for illegal scheme

GCR USA - 15 November 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has argued that a 2010 agreement between Impax and Endo to develop a Parkinson’s treatment drug was a pretence for the first $10 million instalment Endo paid to keep a generic rival off the market.

USDA rule repeal sparks debate

USDA rule repeal sparks debate

GCR USA - 14 November 2017

The US Department of Agriculture withdrew an Obama-era rule last month that would have allowed individual farmers to sue meat processors for violations without having to demonstrate competitive harm to the market – renewing an ongoing controversy on whether farmers need further protection against meat processors.

Google investigated by Missouri attorney general

Google investigated by Missouri attorney general

GCR USA - 13 November 2017

Ten months after becoming attorney general of Missouri, Josh Hawley has announced that his office is investigating Google for violations of the state’s antitrust and consumer protection laws.

US and Mexico antitrust heads diverge on regulation

GCR USA - 13 November 2017

The head of Mexico’s competition authority called for “smart regulation” as a tool to promote competition in the Mexican market last week, but acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen warned that excessive regulation could dampen competition.

Senator Franken calls for “net neutrality” outside telecoms

Senator Franken calls for “net neutrality” outside telecoms

GCR USA - 09 November 2017

Net neutrality principles should be applied on large internet platforms that are accused of mining personal data and using complex algorithms to promote their own content and squeeze out competition, Senator Al Franken said on Wednesday.