Region: North America

Ex-FTC official: More merger investigations does not equal more litigation

An increased number of merger investigations by the Federal Trade Commission may not automatically translate into more cases challenging deals, according to a former agency official.

23 July 2021

DOJ officials: Leniency programme is “still alive and well”

Acting assistant attorney general Richard Powers has touted the endurance of the Antitrust Division’s leniency programme despite claims that the agency has become less predictable in how it treats those who report antitrust crimes.

22 July 2021

Eleventh Circuit sides with SmileDirectClub again in Georgia dentistry board dispute

The full US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has said it lacks jurisdiction to review a lower court’s ruling that members of the Georgia Board of Dentistry are not entitled to state-action immunity.

21 July 2021

Canadian enforcer’s interim relief powers scrutinised during merger challenge

Canada’s Competition Bureau cannot seek the unwinding of a merger as a form of interim relief, an industrial waste disposal company has argued as it attempts to fend off the enforcer’s challenge to its already-completed purchase of a rival.

20 July 2021

News Corp and Valassis settle lawsuit before jury reaches verdict

Marketing services company Valassis Communications has agreed to settle its claims against rival News Corp for allegedly scheming to exclude it from competing in the market for in-store coupons and promotions.

19 July 2021

Judge orders DOJ to respond to Aon’s information requests about alleged markets

The judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s challenge to the proposed merger between Aon and Willis Towers Watson has said he will give the agency until the end of the day on 26 July to respond to the companies’ questions about the case.

16 July 2021

European Commission: US litigation discovery could undermine salmon cartel probe

A federal judge in Miami has granted the European Commission’s request to participate in litigation accusing various North Atlantic salmon farms of price-fixing.

14 July 2021

Ex-DOJ official: Expect more numerous and comprehensive second requests

A former Department of Justice official has said he expects the US antitrust agencies to issue broader information requests in their investigations as the Biden administration shifts the objectives of US antitrust enforcement.

14 July 2021

US antitrust agencies plan to take “hard look” at merger guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have said they intend to jointly review their merger guidelines following President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the US economy.

12 July 2021

Ninth Circuit refuses to overturn conviction in tuna case

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed a jury’s conviction of former Bumble Bee chief executive Christopher Lischewski for conspiring to fix prices of canned tuna.

09 July 2021

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