Region: North America

California requires healthcare providers to divest nursing facility

The State of California has ordered Providence Group and Plum Holdings to divest assets to address the alleged anticompetitive effects of their proposed tie-up, signalling that the state is prepared to flex its antitrust enforcement muscles.

22 September 2021

Wilson questions FTC’s future as a global leader

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has claimed that her agency’s apparent lack of interest in transparency could affect its influence worldwide.

22 September 2021

Unlockd brings antitrust claims against Google to the US

Australian startup Unlockd has accused Google of abusing its control over the Android smartphone operating system to drive it out of business, mirroring previous lawsuits filed in the UK and Australia in which it secured interim relief against the tech company.

20 September 2021

Stikeman Elliott nabs former Norton Rose Fulbright competition head

Kevin Ackhurst, the former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian competition group, has left the firm after nearly 13 years to join the partnership at Stikeman Elliott.

16 September 2021

FTC withdraws approval of 2020 vertical merger guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission has voted three-to-two along party lines to rescind its approval of the 2020 vertical merger guidelines as both Republican commissioners voiced concerns about the lack of a replacement.

16 September 2021

FTC Democrats: Commission needs to examine merger reporting requirements

Democratic members of the Federal Trade Commission have said the agency’s study into past acquisitions by large technology companies shows why it should look into merger reporting requirements.

16 September 2021

Wilson cautions against competition rulemaking

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson and former FTC official Daniel Francis have expressed apprehension about trying to use the agency’s rulemaking authority to address unfair methods of competition.

15 September 2021

Epic challenges ruling in Apple case

Epic Games has appealed against a court ruling that rejected its claims that Apple is an illegal monopolist over the system for distributing apps and in-app payment processing on Apple devices.

10 September 2021

FTC likely to rescind 2020 vertical merger guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission is expected to withdraw its support for the 2020 vertical merger guidelines next week following criticism of the guidance from Democratic commissioners.

09 September 2021

FTC isn’t sharing second request information with all commissioners, Wilson says

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has decried her agency’s transparency, complaining that she has been unable to obtain copies of second requests that the FTC sent to Thermo Fisher Scientific, PPD and Clarivate.

07 September 2021

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