GCR USA - 24 June 2020
How does a federal enforcer protect competition in a federally illegal market? As cannabis transitions from an unlawful substance to a prescribed medical treatment and recreational drug now legal in several states, Spencer Parts examines how the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has been policing the fledgling industry.
GCR USA - 15 May 2020
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on 22 April vacated class certification in a lawsuit alleging that GlaxoSmithKline and Teva suppressed generic competition to Lamictal, an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. White & Case partner Michael Hamburger, senior associate Adam Acosta and associate Gina Chiappetta analyse how the appellate court’s decision fits into a broader trend of courts clamping down on class certification in pharmaceutical cases.
GCR USA - 02 February 2020
Amid steady consolidation and weak commodity prices in the agricultural industry, some Democrats are trying to bring trust-busting to centre stage. Spencer Parts zeroes in on the scene in Iowa – the first state to vote on contenders in presidential primaries.
GCR USA - 22 January 2020
Coordinated action taken by the US Federal Trade Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority against Illumina’s proposed acquisition of Pacific Biosciences indicates that both antitrust enforcers are significantly increasing their focus on deals involving nascent competition. Other agencies are likely to follow suit. Crowell & Moring partners Alexis Gilman, Sean-Paul Brankin, Olivier Antoine, and associates Evi Mattioli and Eric Ashby look at the aggressive enforcement theories behind scrutiny of this merger.
GCR USA - 13 December 2019
As political pressure builds for competition enforcers to protect consumers’ privacy, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft partner Joel Mitnick and associate Monica Martin look at whether US antitrust law provides the means to do so.
GCR USA - 25 November 2019
Key differences in available witness testimony, permissible defence arguments and additional agency experience may have enabled the Department of Justice to obtain a guilty verdict in its second trial against currency traders, some antitrust practitioners have said.
GCR USA - 08 October 2019
In this sixth instalment of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner Mark Rosman’s reminiscences about working for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, he learns in his first case as lead attorney the value of relaxing the witness.
GCR USA - 15 February 2019
For the first time in eight years, Democrats control the US House of Representatives and its antitrust subcommittee. With that comes a bully pulpit, but also a big stick of investigation and potentially legislation.
GCR USA - 16 July 2018
The government’s chances of successfully appealing the AT&T/Time Warner ruling are complicated by an apparent concession on efficiencies during the trial. William S Comanor – previously special economic assistant to the assistant attorney general for antitrust and director of the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of economics – and Donald I Baker – former head of the DOJ’s antitrust division – explain.
GCR USA - 13 July 2018
Jonathan Rubin of MoginRubin and Christian Bergqvist, a law professor at the University of Copenhagen, conducted a comparative study on the different approaches antitrust authorities in the EU and US take when regulating dominant digital platforms such as Google. They observe that the EU in the Google shopping case applied a more encompassing legal standard for abuse than in past cases, which resembles the characteristically German ordoliberal approach, focused on impediments to the competitive market process and the preservation and promotion of consumer choice – rather than the consumer welfare standard that had heretofore been part of the transatlantic antitrust consensus.
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