USA Tipline

Miami-esque: The Tipline for 4 February 2021

GCR USA - 04 February 2021

We may not be next to a beach for GCR’s Antitrust Law Leaders Forum this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your home feel like Miami. Just grab some sun lamps, set your thermostat to 80 degrees and get comfortable in a lounge chair before logging onto Zoom for today’s conference. In Tipline, Senator Amy Klobuchar introduces more than a dozen antitrust proposals into a single bill and Texas seeks to keep its Google lawsuit on home turf.

Rodent meteorology: The Tipline for 3 February 2021

GCR USA - 03 February 2021

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Tuesday, indicating six more weeks of review for your client’s merger. In today’s Tipline, Mylan’s summary judgment win over Sanofi comes out of hibernation after six weeks under seal, Uber seeks out the ability to sell six-packs and the NCAA appeals to the Supreme Court’s sports fans in its antitrust battle with student-athletes.

Two kinds of people: The Tipline for 22 February 2021

GCR USA - 01 February 2021

In a 1983 commercial for Apple, an overachieving Kevin Costner cycles to the office at the crack of dawn to get a head start on his $10,000 Apple Lisa desktop computer. “Soon, there will be just two kinds of people, those who use computers and those who use Apples,” the narrator says.  According to the app developer Blix, Apple is increasingly looking to create a monolithic computer-state and it sees a sign-in feature as a means to get there. Also in Tipline, the Federal Trade Commission takes a closer look at weapons of war and Congress reportedly eyes the reintroduction of legislation that would allow news publishers to collectively bargain with large digital platforms.

Marketplace of Ideas: The Tipline for 2 February 2021

GCR USA - 01 February 2021

Local journalism is dying. Whether antitrust could – or should – play a role in halting its demise remains a topic of great debate. As lawmakers in the US and Australia grapple with granting publishers the ability to collectively bargain with technology platforms, a West Virginia newspaper company has another idea: treble damages. Also in Tipline, Paul Hastings boosts its competition practice and Apple top dog Tim Cook faces deposition.

Happy Black History Month: The Tipline for 1 February 2021

GCR USA - 01 February 2021

Schools in Washington, DC, were scheduled to hold in-person classes today for the first time this academic year. Mother Nature had other plans. Now’s the time to reminisce with your kids about the February 2010 snowmageddon blizzards that dumped upwards of 31 inches in the first 10 days of the month. And more importantly, time to honour the accomplishments and struggles of Black Americans seeking to make the US a more equal and just place. In today’s Tipline, the Federal Trade Commission survives a constitutional challenge and wrangles another titanium dioxide merger.

Simons says: The Tipline for 29 January 2021

GCR USA - 29 January 2021

Outgoing Federal Trade Commission chair Joseph Simons is not a man of many words, but he is a man of many decisive votes. The agency squeezed out one more monopolisation case this week before Simons left his virtual office for the very last time. In the final Tipline of the FTC’s Simons era, GCR USA explores the agency’s challenge to a second reverse-payment settlement between Endo Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories and takes a glance at the origins of the Department of Justice’s automakers emissions probe.

Born to run: The Tipline for 28 January 2021

GCR USA - 27 January 2021

Antitrust litigation is often more like a marathon than a sprint – unless you’re in charge of the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition. The outgoing director last year sacrificed a six-year streak of striding 26.2 miles in one go as his agency brought more than 30 enforcement actions in merger cases alone. In today’s Tipline, Ian Conner discusses his tenure at the FTC, Facebook says it faces an “uphill battle” against Apple’s “dominant platform” and former government officials advocate for more regulation to take on Big Tech.

Chief antitruster: The Tipline for 27 January 2021

GCR USA - 26 January 2021

Former Hogan & Hartson partner John Roberts turns 66 today. Two decades ago, Roberts represented 19 states before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in US v Microsoft. During oral arguments in February 2001, the court speculated that Microsoft might need to tie its operating system to Internet Explorer because Netscape controlled 80% of the web browser market. “But that's always the case when there are barriers to entry,” Roberts said. “That doesn't mean that they're free to engage in what constitutes illegal conduct under section 1 of the Sherman Act.” Four years later, Roberts assumed the position of Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

Pay-for-delay-ception: The Tipline for 26 January 2021

GCR USA - 25 January 2021

In Christopher Nolan-esque style, the Federal Trade Commission alleged on Monday that Endo Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories settled claims of a violation of the terms of an “anticompetitive” pay-for-delay settlement by entering into another “anticompetitive” pay-for-delay settlement. Also in Tipline, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Leslie Overton call on the US antitrust agencies to take on structural racism and the New York legislature seeks to add more bite to the state’s competition law.

The breakfast of champions: The Tipline for 25 January 2021

GCR USA - 22 January 2021

The structural separation of the New England Patriots dynasty was apparently incapable of thwarting Tom Brady’s monopoly power over Super Bowls. The 43-year-old quarterback is set to make his 10th Super Bowl appearance in the past 20 years, leaving at least one GCR reporter wondering if the US antitrust agencies should step in. While you might be stuck with Brady’s face on your box of Wheaties, a new study suggests that common ownership is not responsible for the price tag on your milk-drenched grains.

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