Region: North America

Wilson: Qualcomm case should not lay foundation for removing FTC’s antitrust authority

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said the circumstances around the agency’s Qualcomm case are “incredibly unique” and the matter should not form the basis for changing the structure of US antitrust enforcement.

22 March 2021

Slaughter: Clearer bright-line rules “would absolutely prevent more mergers”

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has expressed support for Congress adopting clearer standards for merger enforcement as members of the US House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee consider how to curb the power of dominant technology companies.

19 March 2021

Morrison & Foerster adds former DOJ enforcer

Alexander Okuliar, the former deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, has joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner in Washington, DC.

17 March 2021

Canadian government set to review competition rules

Canada’s government has agreed to review the country’s competition regime with an eye to legislative amendments, after politicians across parties argued that Canada’s Competition Bureau does not have the tools it needs to tackle labour market concerns.

16 March 2021

IMF recommends competition policy changes to address market power concerns

The rise in corporate market power in the US and other international economies could be addressed through pro-competition regulation and adjustments to competition policy, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.

16 March 2021

Antitrust bill will protect conservative news sites, Cicilline says

Representative David Cicilline has said he would be willing to make amendments to clarify that legislation aimed at balancing the power between news organisations and big technology companies would apply to conservative news sites such as Breitbart.

15 March 2021

Scott Morton backs Biden administration to tackle exclusionary conduct in drugs markets

Challenging pharmaceutical companies’ exclusionary conduct is a “low-hanging fruit” that could help the Biden administration lower the cost of drugs in the US, a former Department of Justice official has said.

12 March 2021

Cravath, Herbert Smith Freehills and Clifford Chance steer AerCap/GE deal

Dublin-based aircraft leasing company AerCap has tapped Cravath Swaine & Moore and Herbert Smith Freehills to guide its $30 billion acquisition of General Electric’s Capital Aviation Services, which has called on Clifford Chance for antitrust advice.

11 March 2021

DOJ urges Supreme Court to reject NCAA arguments in student-athlete compensation dispute

Both US antitrust agencies have asked the Supreme Court to affirm a lower court’s ruling that would allow football and basketball players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association to receive more in education-related benefits.

11 March 2021

Zillow and National Association of Realtors accused of squashing competition

A Texan real estate startup has sued Zillow and the most prominent US real estate trade association for allegedly stifling competition among brokers.

10 March 2021

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