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DOJ and DirecTV settle Dodgers antitrust lawsuit

DOJ and DirecTV settle Dodgers antitrust lawsuit

GCR USA - 24 March 2017

Satellite television provider DirecTV and parent AT&T have agreed not to share confidential information with rivals, settling allegations by the Department of Justice that DirecTV had illegally done so while negotiating for carriage of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball channel.

Judge dismisses bulk of AT&T iPhone suit against Apple

Judge dismisses bulk of AT&T iPhone suit against Apple

GCR USA - 24 March 2017

A federal judge in California has granted Apple partial summary judgment against claims that its exclusive arrangement with AT&T when it initially launched the iPhone was illegal.

Judge rejects Sabre’s request for new trial

Judge rejects Sabre’s request for new trial

GCR USA - 23 March 2017

A federal judge has refused to grant Sabre a new trial, after a Manhattan jury found in December that the company’s contracts harmed competition.

Anthem: efficiencies are part of the product market

Anthem: efficiencies are part of the product market

GCR USA - 22 March 2017

Health insurer Anthem on Monday urged the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to accept claimed efficiencies as part of the relevant product market.

Delrahim expected to be nominated for DOJ antitrust chief

Delrahim expected to be nominated for DOJ antitrust chief

GCR USA - 21 March 2017

Deputy White House counsel Makan Delrahim is said to be the administration’s pick to lead the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, after several have speculated that President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the role would not be immune from the executive’s interference.

Judge explains flip-flop on Chicago hospital merger

Judge explains flip-flop on Chicago hospital merger

GCR USA - 20 March 2017

In reversing his own prior refusal to to block the hospital merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System, an Illinois federal judge said the Federal Trade Commission’s economic expert defined a proper geographic market.

Experts call for US government to coordinate against unfair trade

Experts call for US government to coordinate against unfair trade

GCR USA - 17 March 2017

US agencies need to coordinate more effectively to prevent other countries from applying their antitrust laws to impede trade, a group of experts – including the current acting director of the Federal Trade Commission's bureau of competition – has said.

Government says convicted bid-riggers should not get new trial

Government says convicted bid-riggers should not get new trial

GCR USA - 16 March 2017

A federal court in California should deny the request for a new trial by two individuals convicted of rigging bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions, the government contended on Monday.

DOJ says DC Circuit should reject Anthem/Cigna efficiencies claim

DOJ says DC Circuit should reject Anthem/Cigna efficiencies claim

GCR USA - 15 March 2017

A federal judge in Washington, DC, correctly held that claimed efficiencies from the health insurance merger between Anthem and Cigna do not outweigh anticompetitive harm the deal would cause, lawyers for the government argued on Monday.

Gelfand: Companies have burden to prove proposed divestitures will work

Gelfand: Companies have burden to prove proposed divestitures will work

GCR USA - 15 March 2017

Former Department of Justice official David Gelfand said yesterday that courts in recent merger cases have required defendants to prove that proposed remedies will fix transactions' alleged harm to competition, further developing a standard for how remedies should be evaluated.

Klobuchar: Senate should question Gorsuch about antitrust

Klobuchar: Senate should question Gorsuch about antitrust

GCR USA - 14 March 2017

With the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch less than a week away, Senator Amy Klobuchar said yesterday that it is important for lawmakers to press him on antitrust issues.

DOJ and FTC must engage in more meaningful collaboration, Kovacic says

DOJ and FTC must engage in more meaningful collaboration, Kovacic says

GCR USA - 14 March 2017

In order to better engage with the world to develop competition policy norms, the time has come for the US antitrust agencies to march forward in greater unity, former Federal Trade Commission chair William Kovacic said yesterday.