USA Tipline

Buckle up: The Tipline for 27 September 2021

GCR USA - 27 September 2021

It will be another busy week in the antitrust world. Former Federal Trade Commission chair Bill Kovacic’s antitrust salon begins today with remarks from Senator Amy Klobuchar, while Fordham’s annual antitrust conference takes place later this week. The list of keynote speakers for the latter includes White House competition policy adviser Tim Wu and acting assistant attorney general Richard Powers.

Hollywood: The Tipline for 24 September 2021

GCR USA - 24 September 2021

Holly from Hollywood has a great ring to it, but the curtain has closed on Holly Vedova’s acting career. Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has scrapped the “acting” from Vedova’s title as director of the Bureau of Competition. In other Holly-related news, HollyFrontier has received a second request for its proposed acquisition of a gasoline rival.

Sizzling Competition Fall: The Tipline for 23 September 2021

GCR USA - 22 September 2021

Hot Antitrust Summer may be over, but as temperatures across most of the US remain high, it appears Sizzling Competition Fall has just begun. In Tipline today – the second day of autumn – a former Federal Trade Commission lawyer is returning to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and the State of California tackled a transaction between two healthcare providers.

Fighting tyre with tyre: The Tipline for 22 September 2021

GCR USA - 22 September 2021

Step aside Big Tech, it is Big Tyre Sealant’s time to shine. An Australian tyre sealant manufacturer has accused its primary rival of monopolising the US aftermarket through fraudulent patents and patent infringement litigation. Also in Tipline, Google goes back to the anti-Microsoft advocacy days and Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra takes one step closer to leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Counting cards: The Tipline for 21 September 2021

GCR USA - 20 September 2021

Automatic card shufflers make card counting impossible. When involved in antitrust litigation, they apparently also make counting the statute of limitations quite difficult. In refusing to grant summary judgment to an automatic card shuffle manufacturer on Monday, a federal court in Chicago said genuine questions of fact still remain about when a rival maker knew it might have suffered antitrust harm.

Leaving his Mark: The Tipline for 20 September 2021

GCR USA - 20 September 2021

Given the lovable nature of antitrust lawyers, it was only a matter of time before T-Mobile decided to bring one on board. The telecommunications “un-carrier” plans to hire Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Mark Nelson as its next general counsel. Also in Tipline, chemical producer Ingevity plans to appeal against its $84 million jury trial loss and a Democratic senator makes a fuss about the American Airlines-JetBlue alliance.

What’s cooler than being Cooley?: The Tipline for 17 September 2021

GCR USA - 17 September 2021

Gwendolyn Cooley is taking over as head of the antitrust task force of the National Association of Attorneys General. Cooley, who has been Wisconsin’s assistant attorney general for antitrust since 2005, will succeed the state of Virginia’s Sarah Oxenham Allen next month. “Sarah has done a wonderful job raising the states' profile and I look forward to continuing her good work,” Cooley said. “These are exciting times for the antitrust enforcement community.”

Big Beef backlash: The Tipline for 16 September 2021

GCR USA - 16 September 2021

Summer is supposed to be primetime for the beef industry, but antitrust is spoiling all the fun. Last week, the White House published a blog post blaming meatpackers for rising beef prices. Then, the American Antitrust Institute announced a beefed-up advocacy campaign. Now, a federal court in Minneapolis has ruled that the industry's so-called “Big Four” must face high-stakes price-fixing litigation brought by the private bar. Also in Tipline, a jury awards BASF $28.2 million for its anticompetitive licensing allegations against a rival chemicals manufacturer.

Merger high tide: The Tipline for 15 September 2021

GCR USA - 15 September 2021

Installing a Democratic majority at the Federal Trade Commission has undoubtedly shifted the agency to the ideological left. But leadership has credited some of the most notable policy changes to a surge in merger filings rather than a change in views. Letters “warning” against merger consummation and the “temporary” hibernation of early terminations came first. Now, the agency is citing a surge in filings for streamlining the process for compelling documents in antitrust probes involving intellectual property, common ownership and monopolisation.

Yale Law Commission: The Tipline for 14 September 2021

GCR USA - 14 September 2021

The trajectory to becoming a Democratic member of the Federal Trade Commission seems pretty straightforward: graduate from Yale Law School with honours, serve as a staffer on Capitol Hill and then wait for the president to call your name. Alvaro Bedoya (class of ’07) is just a Senate confirmation away from joining fellow Bulldogs Lina Khan (class of ’17) and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter (class of ’08) at the FTC. Also in Tipline, the National Association of Realtors seeks to quash a Department of Justice probe and the nation’s capital amends its antitrust complaint against Amazon.

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