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Judge pushes DOJ on efficiencies and arbitration

Judge pushes DOJ on efficiencies and arbitration

GCR USA - 07 December 2018

Two judges who will decide the Department of Justice’s bid to undo the AT&T/Time Warner merger have indicated that they did not see a “clear error” in the lower court’s ruling to allow the deal, while a third has pressed the government to explain arguments missing from its brief.

Phillips doubts threat from common ownership

Phillips doubts threat from common ownership

GCR USA - 07 December 2018

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips questioned on Thursday whether common ownership of companies in the same industry threatened competition and warranted scrutiny from antitrust enforcers.

Lens buyers win class certification

Lens buyers win class certification

GCR USA - 06 December 2018

A federal district court in Florida has certified a class of contact lens buyers who claim that they paid higher prices because of a conspiracy among several large manufacturers.

Judge Leon won’t “rubber stamp” CVS/Aetna merger

Judge Leon won’t “rubber stamp” CVS/Aetna merger

GCR USA - 05 December 2018

The same Washington, DC, judge who cleared the AT&T/Time Warner deal has challenged the Department of Justice’s claim of narrow judicial oversight for merger remedies and suggested that he may temporarily undo CVS Health’s consummated acquisition of Aetna.

Freight shipping execs take guilty pleas

Freight shipping execs take guilty pleas

GCR USA - 04 December 2018

Two executives of an international freight-forwarding company have pleaded guilty to charges of violating federal antitrust law for their roles in a nationwide price-fixing conspiracy – the first convictions in the US investigation of the freight-forwarding cartel.

FTC cautious about closing statements after Staples, agency official says

FTC cautious about closing statements after Staples, agency official says

GCR USA - 03 December 2018

The use in subsequent litigation of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office Depot/OfficeMax merger closing statement offers “a cautionary tale” to the agency, a senior official in the FTC’s bureau of competition has said.

FTC clears “close call” hospital merger

FTC clears “close call” hospital merger

GCR USA - 30 November 2018

The Federal Trade Commission will end its investigation into the proposed merger of healthcare systems in Massachusetts after the state’s attorney general used behavioural remedies to resolve her concerns.

No-poach is not per se illegal, say Wabtec and Knorr-Bremse

No-poach is not per se illegal, say Wabtec and Knorr-Bremse

GCR USA - 29 November 2018

Railway equipment producers have asked a Pennsylvania district court to dismiss a follow-on class action complaint alleging they made no-poach agreements, because it does not identify a relevant market, is unsupported by fact, and the class of workers is too broad.

Rail joint venture says it can’t conspire with parent

Rail joint venture says it can’t conspire with parent

GCR USA - 29 November 2018

A joint venture between two of the four major US railroad companies has asked a Virginia court to dismiss antitrust claims brought against it and its majority owner by its other parent company.

FTC Republicans: privacy law preemption would improve competition

FTC Republicans: privacy law preemption would improve competition

GCR USA - 28 November 2018

Data privacy law should be federally enforced to lower potential barriers to competition, the newest member of the Federal Trade Commission has told Senators, with some support from at least two other commissioners.

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