Topic: Department of Justice

Ex-government officials advocate for regulation to tackle Big Tech

Regulation may be necessary if the US hopes to confront competition issues posed by the dominance of large technology companies, according to two former government officials.

28 January 2021

Cartel enforcement under Biden expected to shift focus

The Department of Justice’s cartel enforcers during the Biden administration are likely to re-engage on the international stage and reevaluate policies that may weaken incentives for applying for leniency, according to a report from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

27 January 2021

DOJ and FTC back SmileDirectClub as Georgia dentistry board challenges ruling

The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have urged the full US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to rule that members of the Georgia Board of Dentistry are not entitled to state-action immunity in their defence against SmileDirectClub’s antitrust lawsuit.

26 January 2021

Agencies should consider racial inequities, current and ex-enforcers say

The US antitrust agencies should use their enforcement powers to counter systemic racism in American society, current and past leadership at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have said.

26 January 2021

Common ownership likely not affecting cereal prices, study says

A theory that firms with common ownership stakes are tacitly colluding on price does not appear to be playing out in the cereal industry, according to a new study.

25 January 2021

Document production from DOJ and states moving far too slow, Google says

Google has expressed displeasure with the pace at which the Department of Justice and state attorneys general are producing evidence from third parties in their consolidated monopolisation cases.

22 January 2021

Delrahim voices support for antitrust reforms to confront “tech giants”

The outgoing head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division urged Congress on Tuesday to alter US antitrust law and develop a digital markets rulemaking body to address the extraordinary power of “tech giants”.

21 January 2021

ASCAP/BMI decrees to remain in place

A pair of legacy antitrust judgments regulating much of the music licensing industry will remain in place, outgoing assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim has said.

19 January 2021

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 14 January that he would be resigning his post five days later. In a call with GCR USA, 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

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