Topic: Department of Justice

Split Ninth Circuit reverses certification of tuna classes

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has vacated the certification of three classes of tuna purchasers alleging a price-fixing conspiracy after determining that a lower court failed to fully evaluate whether a large portion of class members ever suffered harm.

07 April 2021

Supreme Court justices press NCAA about student-athlete compensation

Justices of the Supreme Court have expressed varying concerns about issues related to the compensation of student athletes, questioning the National Collegiate Athletic Association about its operation of a system that has been found to restrain competition for player talent.

01 April 2021

Judge Mehta concerned DOJ’s discovery requests may slow down Google case

The judge presiding over the US government’s monopolisation lawsuit against Google has continued to express some unease about the breadth of information the Department of Justice is requesting from the company.

31 March 2021

FTC official: New vertical merger guidelines “a giant step forward” despite criticism

Despite diverging views on the antitrust agencies’ new vertical merger guidelines, they “are a giant step forward from the prior guidance” issued in 1984 and will remain in effect until they are rescinded or replaced, a Federal Trade Commission official has said.

26 March 2021

Powers: Antitrust Division is committed to improving diversity

Acting assistant attorney general Richard Powers has said the Antitrust Division is assessing its hiring practices and “identifying key areas for improvement” to ensure that its recruiting efforts aren’t “undermined by flaws”.

25 March 2021

Antitrust lawyers line up to steer railway merger

Canadian Pacific plans to buy Kansas City Southern for $25 billion, a transaction that would form the first railway network connecting the US, Mexico and Canada.

23 March 2021

Morrison & Foerster adds former DOJ enforcer

Alexander Okuliar, the former deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, has joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner in Washington, DC.

17 March 2021

IMF recommends competition policy changes to address market power concerns

The rise in corporate market power in the US and other international economies could be addressed through pro-competition regulation and adjustments to competition policy, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.

16 March 2021

DOJ urges Supreme Court to reject NCAA arguments in student-athlete compensation dispute

Both US antitrust agencies have asked the Supreme Court to affirm a lower court’s ruling that would allow football and basketball players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association to receive more in education-related benefits.

11 March 2021

Ex-Texas enforcer that oversaw Google probe opens firm

The former head of the State of Texas’ antitrust investigation into Google has opened his own legal practice in Austin.

09 March 2021

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