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Louisiana repeals rule in the face of FTC challenge

Louisiana repeals rule in the face of FTC challenge

GCR USA - 24 July 2017

The governor of Louisiana has issued an executive order that effectively repeals a rule - dictating how much appraisal management companies pay real estate appraisers - that the Federal Trade Commission had challenged as anticompetitive.

McSweeny: FCC order is best defence against anticompetitive behaviour

McSweeny: FCC order is best defence against anticompetitive behaviour

GCR USA - 24 July 2017

Terrell McSweeny, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, yesterday said that the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order is the best tool to protect against anticompetitive behaviour in the internet provider industry.

Bass Pro/Cabela's: a case study of competitive retail mergers

Bass Pro/Cabela's: a case study of competitive retail mergers

GCR USA - 24 July 2017

On 3 July 2017, the Federal Trade Commission issued a no-action letter officially closing its investigation into the proposed merger of Bass Pro Group and Cabela's, two premier outdoor sporting goods retailers. O'Melveny & Myers's Ted Hassi and Lindsey Freeman were antitrust counsel to Bass Pro, and detail how the FTC's decision reflects a recent trend in antitrust enforcement agencies' approach to retail mergers.

Convincing the FTC to close: The Tipline for 24 July 2017

GCR USA - 24 July 2017

In Washington, DC, we are officially more than halfway through the dog days of summer - the days between 3 July and 11 August when Sirius rises around the same time as the sun. Today's briefing covers how the stars aligned to get the merger of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's through the Federal Trade Commission; and how one state regulatory board hopes a change in law will end the agency's case against the board's enforcement.

UK court rejects class action against MasterCard

UK court rejects class action against MasterCard

21 July 2017

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused to grant a collective proceedings order for a £14 billion opt-out class action against MasterCard, holding that the determination of payments to individual victims is "impossible".

Argentina issues draft merger guidelines

Argentina issues draft merger guidelines

21 July 2017

Argentina's National Commission for the Defence of Competition this week released a draft version of its new merger control guidelines, to better explain how the commission will analyse deals' potential competitive impact.

GCR to host second state aid conference

21 July 2017

Gert Jan Koopman, the European Commission's deputy director-general for state aid, will deliver the keynote address at GCR Live 2nd Annual State Aid in Brussels on 26 September.

Disruptive innovation blocks dominance claims in India

Disruptive innovation blocks dominance claims in India

21 July 2017

India's competition authority this week dismissed claims that a radio taxi company abused its market position using predatory pricing, on the grounds that the enforcer does not prosecute collective dominance in highly dynamic markets.

Hoffman leaves Shearman to join FTC

Hoffman leaves Shearman to join FTC

GCR USA - 21 July 2017

Former Federal Trade Commission official D Bruce Hoffman is leaving his new law firm, Shearman & Sterling, to return to the agency as acting head of its bureau of competition.

Q&A with Dan Rubinfeld

Q&A with Dan Rubinfeld

GCR USA - 21 July 2017

Economist Daniel Rubinfeld is a senior consultant at Compass Lexecon, a former deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice's antitrust division - where he helped to make the case against Microsoft - and a professor of law and economics at the University of California at Berkeley. GCR USA met with Rubinfeld on the sidelines of an airline competition conference to discuss his doubts regarding the European Commission's dominance cases against Google.