Topic: Department of Justice

Makan Delrahim: the GCR exit interview

After more than three years at the helm of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim informed staff on Thursday that he would be resigning his post effective 19 January. In a call with GCR USA the day before, he looked back on the successes of his tenure and addressed some of the criticism directed at the Antitrust Division under his watch.

15 January 2021

Visa/Plaid ditch deal after DOJ challenge

Visa and Plaid have abandoned their proposed $5.3 billion merger two months after the Department of Justice alleged the transaction would allow Visa to maintain a monopoly over online debit transactions.

13 January 2021

Court denies DOJ’s bid to block acquitted FX trader from using certain evidence

A New York federal judge has denied the Department of Justice’s request to block former Citigroup trader Rohan Ramchandani from using admitted trial exhibits in civil proceedings before another government agency.

11 January 2021

DOJ brings first criminal no-poach case

A federal grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against a surgical outpatient services company, marking the first time the Department of Justice has challenged an alleged agreement between two rivals not to solicit each other’s employees as a criminal violation of US antitrust law.

08 January 2021

Biden taps judge with notable antitrust experience to lead DOJ

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Judge Merrick Garland – an experienced antitrust practitioner, scholar and jurist – as the next US Attorney General.

07 January 2021

Cement company receives deferred prosecution deal for DOJ cooperation

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has agreed to defer prosecution of Argos USA after the company admitted to its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for ready-mix concrete.

05 January 2021

Google lawsuits pile up as 38 state AGs add to DOJ’s claims

A bipartisan group of US states and territories have alleged that Google illegally sought to maintain a monopoly over general search services, expanding upon a similar lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in October.

18 December 2020

Antitrust progressives to keep close watch on Biden administration

Progressive antitrust advocates feel that the political momentum is on their side as power changes hands in Washington, DC, but they are stressing the importance of keeping the pressure on the Biden administration to be “trustbusters”.

16 December 2020

DOJ conditionally approves New England insurance merger

Harvard Pilgrim Health and Tufts Health must divest an overlapping insurance plan to complete their merger, the Department of Justice and the State of New Hampshire have said.

15 December 2020

DOJ brings first-ever criminal wage-fixing charge

The Department of Justice has charged a former owner of a Texas therapist staffing company with conspiring to lower wages paid to contractors.

11 December 2020

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