Region: North America

Boswell: “It’s time to make competition a priority”

Canada’s competition commissioner has called for an extensive review of the country’s competition act, with a particular focus on the liberal use of the efficiency defence in merger probes.

21 October 2021

Prior approval provisions in merger settlements will become more common, Khan says

Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has said the agency will increasingly include prior approval provisions in merger settlements to help deter anticompetitive deals.

18 October 2021

Shkreli seeks to delay December trial in FTC lawsuit

Martin Shkreli has asked a New York federal judge to postpone his monopolisation trial by at least four and a half months, after claiming that attending the proceeding in December could mean he has to spend an extra year in prison.

14 October 2021

Wilson decries FTC’s shifting merger policy

US Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said she is “dismayed” by aspects of her agency’s changing stance to merger control, which could soon leave regulatory lawyers “obsolete”.

08 October 2021

CAT orders Google class action claim to proceed in the UK

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a class action claim against Google can proceed in the UK and will include the technology company’s businesses in the US and Ireland.

06 October 2021

The Repeal of Hart-Scott-Rodino

Since Democrats took the reins at the Federal Trade Commission, they have made changes to the merger review process that have drawn criticism from their Republican colleagues. In an exclusive piece, Republican Commissioner Noah Phillips outlines his concerns about how the new processes could be undermining the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which guides US merger control.

06 October 2021

Tickets available for GCR Live: Women in Antitrust

GCR Live: Women in Antitrust will take place on 4 November in Washington DC, hosting panels about US merger enforcement under the Biden administration, global Big Tech regulatory proposals and competition policy’s role in sustainability.

04 October 2021

Powers stresses cooperation with FTC on merger enforcement

Acting assistant attorney general Richard Powers has emphasised that collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission is a top priority for the Antitrust Division as the FTC pushes ahead with a stricter approach to merger enforcement.

04 October 2021

Vestager calls for greater cooperation with US enforcers

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has called for enhanced cooperation between the European Commission and the US antitrust agencies, particularly as the two jurisdictions tackle similar emerging problems in the digital and pharmaceutical sectors.

01 October 2021

DOJ official says FRAND licensing disputes could raise competition concerns

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has resignalled its intention to depart from its previous leadership’s stance on intellectual property disputes, after its top-ranking economist said a refusal to license a standardised technology on fair terms could violate US competition laws.

30 September 2021

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