GCR USA - 16 November 2018
Happy Friday! We have a full slate of news from the American Bar Association’s fall forum and other events, plus the Department of Justice’s settlement with the Carolinas Healthcare System – now known as Atrium Health. GCR USA is on holiday all next week for Thanksgiving, but keep an eye on the GCR briefings from London for any major happenings on this side of the pond.
GCR USA - 15 November 2018
We’re at the National Press Club today for the American Bar Association’s fall forum. Apparently, mother nature didn’t get the invite. The country’s top enforcers – including Makan Delrahim, Joe Simons, Bruce Hoffman, and Barry Nigro – will need to skirt the wintery weather for today’s event.
GCR USA - 14 November 2018
The Department of Justice yesterday very publicly sued, and then promptly settled with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Raycom Media, Tribune Media, Meredith, Griffin Communications, and Dreamcatcher Broadcasting for allegedly swapping sensitive information about their advertising revenues. More quietly, the advertising agencies whose production bidding practices the DOJ began investigating in 2016 noted in regulatory filings yesterday that they had received letters from the Antitrust Division saying it had closed the investigation without charges.
GCR USA - 13 November 2018
We’re gearing up for a short but very busy week, as everyone seems to be cramming events into the few days that remain before Thanksgiving. In addition to more Federal Trade Commission hearings today and tomorrow, there is the American Bar Association’s fall forum on Thursday, which coincides with the Technology Policy Institute’s conference on Antitrust and the Platform Economy. The latter features a discussion commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Antitrust Paradox, as well as remarks by FTC commissioner Noah Phillips and chief economist Bruce Kobayashi.
GCR USA - 09 November 2018
Today we’re at Harvard Law School to cover an all-star-packed conference considering challenges to antitrust in the changing economy. One panel alone includes two former Federal Trade Commission chairs, one former head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division and one former EU competition commissioner. On Monday we’ll be celebrating Veterans Day so the GCR USA briefing will return to your inboxes on Tuesday.
GCR USA - 08 November 2018
The Department of Justice has a new acting head, after President Trump fired the now former US attorney general, Jeff Sessions. That dominated yesterday’s news out of Washington, DC, but today we have far more for you from the nation’s capital, including coverage of the Federal Trade Commission hearings delving into big data. We also report on the FTC’s lawsuit against the three largest US dental product distributors and have a note about Sinclair Broadcast Group entering into a consent decree with the DOJ over alleged information sharing.
GCR USA - 07 November 2018
Qualcomm must license some of its intellectual property to competing chipmakers, after a court in California partially granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for summary judgment. That decision can be chalked up as a win for the FTC, but the Department of Justice hasn’t yet left the field in AT&T/Time Warner. It has now learnt who will be part of the three-judge panel that will hear its appeal in December against Judge Richard Leon’s decision to clear the deal.
GCR USA - 06 November 2018
As citizens who didn’t get around to voting early head to the polls today, we’ll be at the American University Washington College of Law for the sixth round of hearings hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. In the meantime, why not take a dive with us into a brewer’s battle before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. We also have coverage of a counsel returning to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton from the Department of Justice; and a district court’s dismissal of the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder case.
GCR USA - 05 November 2018
Last week ended with antitrust buzz around the recusal of Federal Trade Commission chairman Joseph Simons from the agency’s case against Qualcomm, leaving the commissioners evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. We have more about that and President Donald Trump’s remarks on antitrust. But first, check out our stories on AT&T/Time Warner’s accusations of chicanery against the Department of Justice; a former assistant attorney general’s regrets about what the Obama Administration didn’t accomplish; and a summary judgment ending a 15-year-old antitrust lawsuit.
GCR USA - 02 November 2018
We have a pile of stories today about antitrust agency enforcement. At the Federal Trade Commission, the trial of three companies accused of boycotting dentists who tried to get a good deal continues, while alumni of the Department of Justice are suggesting it should “run away” from its heir-location case, now that it has gotten a damaging statute of limitations ruling overturned. Over at the FTC’s latest hearing, panellists called for updated, usable vertical merger guidelines. And former FTC commissioner Terrell McSweeny has rejected the usual metaphors about data – that it’s like oil, or sunshine – in favour of a less kosher option.
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