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Trump economists reject rising concentration as indicating lack of competition

Trump economists reject rising concentration as indicating lack of competition

GCR USA - 21 February 2020

Economic advisors to President Donald Trump have rebuked research suggesting that increasing market concentration, profits and barriers to entry in the certain sectors of the US economy are necessarily signs of decreased competition.

Hot docs are more important in tech cases, DOJ counsel says

Hot docs are more important in tech cases, DOJ counsel says

GCR USA - 21 February 2020

Business documents are especially important for antitrust cases in technology markets because enforcers have less experience assessing innovation competition than price or quality competition, a counsel to the head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

Changes to section 230 could hurt online competition, lawyers warn

Changes to section 230 could hurt online competition, lawyers warn

GCR USA - 20 February 2020

Removing liability protections for online platforms would prevent small companies from challenging dominant players, two advocates for technology companies have told the Department of Justice.

Ex-Saks workers sue over no-poach agreements

Ex-Saks workers sue over no-poach agreements

GCR USA - 19 February 2020

Three former employees of Saks have sued the department store chain along with six luxury retailers, alleging that they entered into no-poach agreements that violated antitrust laws.

First Circuit asks Sanofi to prove patent claims were in good faith

First Circuit asks Sanofi to prove patent claims were in good faith

GCR USA - 18 February 2020

Direct purchasers stated a claim for monopolisation against Sanofi-Aventis, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held, and the drugmaker must prove its defence was in good faith.

Former Sandoz exec pleads guilty to price-fixing

Former Sandoz exec pleads guilty to price-fixing

GCR USA - 18 February 2020

A former Sandoz executive has pleaded guilty to knowingly entering into a conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids and allocate customers of certain generic pharmaceuticals.

Investors say they steer clear of platforms

Investors say they steer clear of platforms

GCR USA - 14 February 2020

When deciding whether to invest in a startup, venture capitalists assess its dependence on incumbents and whether a dominant platform might shut it down, a technology investor has told the Department of Justice.

FTC faces tough questions in Qualcomm appeal

FTC faces tough questions in Qualcomm appeal

GCR USA - 13 February 2020

Federal appellate judges challenged the Federal Trade Commission’s theories of harm about Qualcomm’s licensing practices during oral arguments on Thursday.

State enforcer questions economists’ role in antitrust

State enforcer questions economists’ role in antitrust

GCR USA - 13 February 2020

Max Miller, a lawyer in the office of the Iowa attorney general, is among those inside and outside government questioning if economics has played an outsized role in the enforcement process.

Uphill battle for T-Mobile/Sprint appeal, experts say

Uphill battle for T-Mobile/Sprint appeal, experts say

GCR USA - 12 February 2020

The states that sued to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger have not said if they will appeal against a New York federal judge’s ruling in favour of the companies, but antitrust observers warn that it would be a difficult judgment to overturn.