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Louisiana repeals rule in the face of FTC challenge

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

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

Hoffman leaves Shearman to join FTC

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

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.

Q&A with Dan Rubinfeld

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.

Litigators of the Week: Michael Nemelka, Aaron Panner and Derek Ho

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.

Hot Docs: Schooling a Scholar

The top doc today is of re-heated interest with the appointment of Andrew Finch as temporary head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, to become principal deputy once the Senate confirms Makan Delrahim. More recent are an essay by Doug Melamed – one of Finch’s predecessors as both principal deputy and acting assistant attorney general – and the Federal Trade Commission’s final pre-trial brief before clashing with 1-800 Contacts.