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ITC to see you: The Tipline for 21 April 2017

GCR USA - 21 April 2017

And now for something completely different. It’s a Commission, but it’s not the Federal Trade or Communications ones. We’ve got coverage from yesterday’s International Trade Commission tackling an antitrust issue.

Happy birthday John Paul Stevens: The Tipline for 20 April 2017

GCR USA - 20 April 2017

It is the birthday of retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, a Chicago boy who had a pretty great 97th year watching the Cubs win their first World Series since before he was born. Stevens’s most notable antitrust majority opinions for the Supreme Court were in sports cases: American Needle v NFL and NCAA v Board of Regents, which both held that the athletic associations in question were not beyond the reach of the Sherman Act.

Party in the USA: The Tipline for 19 April 2017

GCR USA - 19 April 2017

After stopping by the US Chamber of Commerce yesterday, today we’re back at the Federal Trade Commission building to cover the 1-800 Contacts hearing. Happy hump day!

Making nice in a merger: The Tipline for 18 April 2017

GCR USA - 18 April 2017

And we’re back… hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. Today we’re at the Chamber of Commerce for the organisation’s discussion of the report it commissioned from top antitrust minds such as Deb Garza and Jim Rill on the direction that competition and trade policy should take. In the briefing, check out lots of federal appellate action and a sudden rapprochement between two healthcare companies that had been duking out their deal disappointments in Delaware.

Happy early Easter: The Tipline for 13 April 2017

GCR USA - 13 April 2017

Faithful readers, we regret to inform you that due to the British bank holiday on Good Friday and the celebration of DC Emancipation Day on Monday, this will be our last GCR USA briefing until Tuesday morning. To tide you over, we have the latest from the Federal Trade Commission’s trial against 1-800 Contacts, Mexico’s conditional antitrust approval of ChemChina’s merger with Syngenta and updates to the lingering Obama-era merger challenges.

Contact lenses and doughnuts: The Tipline for 12 April 2017

GCR USA - 12 April 2017

We’re back at the Federal Trade Commission’s headquarters for the second day of the agency’s administrative hearing on whether 1-800 Contacts is a small, innocent defender of its trademark, or an online retail juggernaut trying to keep down the competition. Dunkin’ Donuts came up too. Speaking of giants, check out our coverage of Apple v Qualcomm.

Rakoff Rules: The Tipline for 11 April 2017

GCR USA - 11 April 2017

Today we’ve got your pharma fix.

Mr Finch goes (back) to Washington: The Tipline for 10 April 2017

GCR USA - 10 April 2017

In honour of the first day in office for the new acting assistant attorney general for antitrust, we have a special Monday edition of Hot Docs, topped by the chapter he co-wrote last year on government enforcement for one of GCR’s sister publications. Today is also the first day at work back in Washington, DC, for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Oh Deere: The Tipline for 7 April 2017

GCR USA - 07 April 2017

It’s National Beer Day. Between the AB InBev deal, the Spring Meeting and this briefing, you’ve probably heard enough about beer for a while. Happy Friday.

The empire strikes back: The Tipline for 6 April 2017

GCR USA - 06 April 2017

Today’s briefing includes stories about Qualcomm’s view of the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit against the chipmaker as lacking any evidence of actual harm to competition; the agency’s third troubled retail divestiture; the latest from Congressional efforts to make merger challenges at the US antitrust agencies identical; and the newest head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. Is this a sign that the Trump Administration doesn’t expect a quick confirmation for its nominee even from a majority-Republican Senate?

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