Region: North America

House Judiciary Committee to mark up antitrust bills next week

The House Judiciary Committee will discuss recently introduced antitrust bills next week, committee chair Jerrold Nadler has said as practitioners and antitrust experts voice concerns about the proposed legislation.

17 June 2021

Altria e-vapour product would have been unsuccessful, executive says

An Altria executive has said the company was still “five to six years away” during the summer of 2018 – just months before it reached a deal agreement with rival Juul – from being able to sell a successful e-vapour product.

16 June 2021

Federal Circuit punts Walker-Process antitrust litigation to Fifth Circuit

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has said it does not have jurisdiction to review litigation alleging that Phoenix Services’ assertion of a patent violated antitrust law.

11 June 2021

Former Altria chief executive highlights problems with company’s e-vapour products

The former chief executive of Altria has rebutted claims from the Federal Trade Commission that company officials misled their board of directors about the performance of Altria’s e-cigarette business.

10 June 2021

Altria/Juul deal negotiator says he expected divestitures, not market exit

One of the negotiators of the Altria/Juul Labs transaction has told the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative law court that he expected the FTC to require Altria to sell its e-cigarette business for the companies to win approval of their deal.

08 June 2021

Baudenbacher Law opens as Skadden promotes

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has promoted two competition law specialists to counsel, while former EFTA Court president Carl Baudenbacher has founded a boutique firm in Zurich alongside antitrust attorney Laura Melusine Baudenbacher.

07 June 2021

Reynolds executive: Altria had “substantial market share” prior to leaving e-vapour market

Reynolds American has said Altria was one of its main competitors in the e-vapour business before the latter exited the market, as the latter seeks to prove that it did not stop selling its e-cigarettes to facilitate an anticompetitive deal with rival Juul Labs.

04 June 2021

Altria and FTC square off over company’s exit from e-cigarette market

Altria and the Federal Trade Commission have presented diverging explanations as to why the company took its e-vapour cigarette products off the market – a core issue in the agency’s suit to unwind Altria’s $12.8 billion investment in rival Juul Labs.

03 June 2021

FTC judge seeks to mitigate concerns about fairness of Altria/Juul trial

The Federal Trade Commission’s chief administrative law judge has said he will ensure that the trial starting today in the agency’s dispute with Altria and Juul Labs is a “fair proceeding”, after counsel to the companies raised concerns about surprise documents and expert testimony.

02 June 2021

Canadian court spikes class action against ice-hockey leagues

A Canadian court has dismissed a class action claim against several major North American ice-hockey leagues accused of conspiring to restrict opportunities for junior players, confirming that criminal cartel rules do not apply to buyer-side agreements.

01 June 2021

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