Region: North America

Canada opens in-depth review into telecoms merger

Canada’s Competition Bureau has launched a Phase II probe into the proposed merger of two telecommunications providers over concerns the deal will likely harm competition in the markets for mobile and broadcasting services.

10 August 2021

Wilson questions whether something may be “afoot” at FTC

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has denounced a string of recent procedural changes by her agency that affect its merger review process, arguing that they collectively “raise the costs of doing mergers and threaten to chill harmful and beneficial deals alike”.

10 August 2021

Fifth Circuit affirms rejection of Texas water agency’s state-action immunity plea

An appellate court has rejected a Texas water agency’s claims that it was entitled to state-action immunity in a lawsuit accusing the public entity of monopolising the raw water supply in a northern suburb of Houston.

05 August 2021

Lawsuit challenges “no-poach agreement” between anesthesia service providers

Munson Healthcare, northern Michigan’s largest healthcare system, conspired with rival Traverse Anesthesia Associates to reduce pay for providers of anesthesia services, a new putative class action alleges.

04 August 2021

FTC closes sham lawsuit case against AbbVie

The Federal Trade Commission has withdrawn its case against AbbVie after a Supreme Court ruling in April determined that the agency does not have the authority to seek restitution or disgorgement under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act.

02 August 2021

Last remaining banks settle Canadian forex cartel claims

The four remaining non-settling bank defendants in Canada’s Forex cartel class action have agreed to pay roughly €16.1 million to settle claims that they conspired to manipulate foreign exchange rates.

30 July 2021

St Luke’s faces questions over refusal-to-deal claim at Sixth Circuit oral arguments

Counsel to St Luke’s Hospital has attempted to fend off attacks from an appellate judge over its refusal-to-deal claim against ProMedica Health System.

30 July 2021

FTC changes could remove clarity for companies, says former official

Recent changes at the Federal Trade Commission could “remove the relative clarity on what actions may trigger antitrust scrutiny” and how US competition enforcers will conduct investigations, a former FTC official has warned.

29 July 2021

Mylan secures victory in another EpiPen case

A federal Kansas judge has dismissed a pharmacy operator’s putative class action accusing Mylan and Pfizer of illegally monopolising the market for epinephrine auto-injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions.

28 July 2021

DOJ asks Ninth Circuit to order rehearing of SmileDirectClub case

A Department of Justice attorney has urged an appellate panel in San Francisco to send back SmileDirectClub’s lawsuit against members of the Dental Board of California to receive a “proper legal analysis”.

27 July 2021

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