Law: Sherman Antitrust Act 1890 (USA)

Criminal Section 2 case ends with probation for highway contractor

The DOJ’s first criminal monopolisation charge in 45 years has resulted in a sentence of three years probation, six months of house arrest and a $27,000 fine.

31 March 2023

Amazon loses second bid to dismiss consumers’ pricing parity lawsuit

A Washington federal judge has again refused to throw out consumers’ allegations that Amazon monopolised the e-commerce retail market and restrained third-party sellers from offering lower prices elsewhere.

28 March 2023

No harm means no agreement, acquitted no-poach defendants say

Jurors recognised that a group of home healthcare agency owners’ attempt to agree to fix wages and not poach each other’s workers ultimately failed, counsel to some of the acquitted defendants have said.

24 March 2023

Ninth Circuit rejects fashion retailer’s hub-and-spoke conspiracy claims

A fast-fashion retailer failed to show that Fashion Nova stifled its growth by orchestrating a group boycott among clothing vendors, a federal appellate court has ruled in affirming a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

24 March 2023

NCAA accused of conspiring not to pay coaches

The National Collegiate Athletic Association colluded with its member schools to force assistant coaches to work without compensation, a proposed class action has alleged.

23 March 2023

FTC backs generic pharma theories related to Parkinson’s drug

Several branded pharmaceutical companies have mischaracterised the launch of a generic alternative to their Parkinson’s Disease treatment as “free-riding”, the Federal Trade Commission has said while intervening in private litigation.

22 March 2023

Judge clears runway for JetBlue/Spirit decision by year’s end

The Department of Justice’s bid to block JetBlue’s $3.8 billion proposed acquisition of Spirit Airlines will go to trial on 16 October, a Massachusetts federal judge has decided.

22 March 2023

Judge denies summary judgment in auto glass boycott case

A pair of auto glass wholesalers will need to prove at trial that two rivals cut off their supply through an illegal boycott, a federal New York judge has held in rejecting the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment.

21 March 2023

FTC: Surescripts case not moot even if conduct stopped

The Federal Trade Commission says it should be allowed to keep litigating claims that Surescripts illegally monopolised markets for e-prescription services despite the company claiming to have removed the contractual terms at issue.

21 March 2023

Google: too late for DOJ to seek sanctions

Google has argued that the Department of Justice and a coalition of state attorneys general knew for years that its employees used the “off-the-record” chat messages at the heart of their latest request for sanctions.

21 March 2023

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