All eyes on us: The Tipline for 28 July 2020

What do merging parties actually think of their past rivalry? Antitrust enforcers typically need to scavenge through millions of internal company documents to find the answer. The two largest US providers of Lasik eye surgery made things a bit easier for the Federal Trade Commission, which has opened “a non-public inquiry” into their proposed merger. Vision Group Holdings filed an unfair methods of competition lawsuit against its future acquiring party last year, telling a federal district court that the two companies are the largest US Lasik providers “by a significant margin” and that they compete in a “two-player market”. GCR USA is trying to think of another name for a one-player market.

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