Happy Birthday, Big Tech merger study: The Tipline for 11 February 2021

One year ago today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it was requiring Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft to produce information on unreported mergers dating back to 2010. The former head of the FTC’s office of policy planning, Bilal Sayyed, has said the group reached “some tentative conclusions” from the study and that he hopes there will be a publicly-available report down the road. But more on that next week. In today’s Tipline, the private antitrust bar is making waves against Big Waves and a dismissal out of Mississippi shows that follow-on claims are easier to allege than prove.

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