Organisation: US Department of Justice

DOJ nabs veteran litigator for new Google suit

The Department of Justice has tapped longtime Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison litigator Julia Tarver Wood to work on its lawsuit accusing Google of illegally maintaining several digital advertising monopolies.

27 January 2023

DOJ cannot reopen NAR probe, judge says

The Department of Justice cannot reopen an investigation into claims that the largest US trade association for real estate brokers unlawfully restrained competition by encouraging its members to hide commission rates, a federal court has held.

26 January 2023

DOJ seeks breakup of Google’s ad business

Google illegally monopolised several digital advertising technologies and should be required to divest DoubleClick, the Department of Justice and eight states have said.

25 January 2023

Tim Wu: the exit interview

Tim Wu stepped down as President Biden’s primary antitrust advisor earlier this month after two years in the role. The Columbia Law School professor spoke to GCR USA about the “plague” of non-competes, why technology-focused antitrust legislation failed to reach the finish line during his tenure and how the White House took on a bigger role in competition policy while maintaining the independence of the US antitrust agencies.

24 January 2023

Aerospace engineer no-poach case agreement is horizontal collusion, court says

A Connecticut federal judge has rejected motions to dismiss allegations that Raytheon Technologies and Pratt & Whitney secretly agreed to restrict competition for the recruitment of aerospace engineers through a no-poach pact.

24 January 2023

DOJ prosecutions on the rise, but fines plummet

Criminal antitrust prosecutions are near an all-time high at the Department of Justice, but the Antitrust Division secured just $1.4 million in fines last year.

23 January 2023

Fate of Assa Abloy merger hinges on witnesses, judge says

The outcome of the Department of Justice’s challenge to the merger of two lock manufacturers will depend on witness testimony, not the squabbling of attorneys and economists, the presiding judge has said.

20 January 2023

Antitrust Division official highlights increased inter-agency collaboration

The Department of Justice is working with other federal agencies on ongoing merger reviews as a result of President Joe Biden’s 2021 executive order ordering a whole-of-government approach to competition policy, a senior counsel at the Antitrust Division has said.

19 January 2023

Third Circuit grapples with evidence in US Sugar appeal

A lower court’s findings of fact may undermine the Department of Justice’s bid to unwind US Sugar/Imperial Sugar, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has said.

19 January 2023

DOJ and Assa Abloy argue over litigating the fix

Requiring the government to litigate against a divestiture package proposed by lock manufacturers Assa Abloy and Spectrum Brands would circumvent the purpose of merger reviews, the Department of Justice has told a federal court in Washington, DC.

18 January 2023

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