Law: Sherman Antitrust Act 1890 (USA)

Apple and Google prevail against search conspiracy claims

Advertisement purchasers seeking to break up Apple and Google provided no evidence that the companies colluded to avoid competing with each other in the online search sector, a federal judge in Oakland has ruled.

05 April 2023

DOJ settles with Activision over gamer salary limitations

Activision Blizzard illegally depressed the wages of professional video game players by punishing teams that exceeded the spending limits it imposed on its leagues, the Department of Justice has said.

04 April 2023

New Surescripts contracts not enough to escape FTC lawsuit, judge rules

Surescripts’ new contracts could still be anticompetitive despite the company removing certain provisions in an attempt to fend off a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit alleging it monopolised the market for e-prescription services, a federal judge has ruled.

03 April 2023

Kanter: DOJ doing more with fewer staff

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division is taking on increasingly complex issues with 220 fewer employees than it had in the 1970s, assistant attorney general Jonathan Kanter has said.

03 April 2023

Meta beats photo-looping app’s antitrust claims

A New York federal judge has thrown out claims that Meta Platforms and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg forced smartphone application Phhhoto out of the market by ripping off its products.

31 March 2023

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

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