The Department of Justice sued yesterday to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, predicting that the world’s biggest telecommunications company would “use its control of Time Warner’s popular programming as a weapon to harm competition”.
GCR USA is taking a break for Thanksgiving, but we will be back in your inbox next Tuesday to catch you up on everything that happened over the holiday. Before we go, check out our coverage of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit to stop the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, as well as Bill Baer’s regrets about airline mergers.
Acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said the enforcer will continue to work toward repealing or liberalising certificate of need laws whenever possible.
An appellate judge last week asked how an allegedly illegal antitrust conspiracy could become lawful because of a later-occurring event – in this case, the result of a patent infringement lawsuit.
Former Department of Justice Antitrust Division deputy Juan Arteaga describes how the US antitrust agencies will view the collaboration among competitors that they have acknowledged may be necessary to rebuild after a disaster, but also will scrutinise for antitrust violation.
In the run-up to GCR's annual conference in New York this week, Cravath Swaine & Moore partner Margaret D'Amico previewed what she expects to ask acting assistant attorney general Andrew Finch and weighed in on other antitrust issues.
How do you persuade customers to testify against the two dominant companies in an industry to help win your client access to the data it needs? A trio of partners at Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick say that if customers are sufficiently fed up with higher prices and the loss of their preferred service provider, they'll tell a judge about it.
As temperatures rise and dockets cool, we have a selection of Hot Docs ranging from economists' analysis of the AT&T/Time Warner merger; an old article by Roger Alford, the new deputy assistant attorney general for international affairs at the Department of Justice's antitrust division; former DOJ attorneys weighing in favour of the Supreme Court taking the states' American Express appeal; and a pair of papers by antitrust boss Herbert Hovenkamp.
Cormac O'Daly and Frédéric Louis
Lara Granville, Albert Aukema and Naasha Loopoo
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Michael Dietrich and Marcel Nuys
Herbert Smith Freehills