Region: North America

United States: Massachusetts

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The small Massachusetts competition bar includes high-calibre practices that are advising clients – especially in the pharmaceutical space – on conduct matters.

11 December 2020

Ex-FTC officials anticipate more focus on acquisitions of nascent competitors

Former Federal Trade Commission officials have said they expect the US antitrust agencies to focus more on deals involving the acquisition of a nascent competitor, particularly in the technology sector.

11 December 2020

Moving Mountains: The Tipline for 10 December 2020

To former Federal Trade Commission chair Bill Kovacic, the Department of Justice’s Standard Oil case will always be the Mount Everest of antitrust enforcement. The lawsuit filed by the FTC and 48 state attorneys general against Facebook on Wednesday may not be quite on that level, but Kovacic said it “could be in the Himalayas” when all is finished. Strap on your oxygen tank and join GCR USA at 29,000 feet.

10 December 2020

Lawmakers and advocacy groups respond to Facebook lawsuits

As the antitrust community digests separate lawsuits filed against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state enforcers, GCR USA has compiled reactions from various members of Congress and advocacy groups.

10 December 2020

Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of NorthBay case against Kaiser Permanente

A Californian appellate court has reversed a lower court’s dismissal of claims that subsidiaries of Kaiser Permanente conspired to monopolise the healthcare-insurance market in Solano County, California.

10 December 2020

Canada agrees sixth settlement in infrastructure cartel probe

Engineering company Cima+ has agreed to pay C$3.2 million (€2 million) to settle an investigation by Canada’s antitrust authority into an alleged cartel that rigged bids for municipal infrastructure contracts in several cities across Québec.

09 December 2020

The “F-word”: The Tipline for 9 December 2020

The easiest way to spot that someone is not an antitrust reporter is if they complain about the US competition agencies being inactive. Hours after the Federal Trade Commission lost its bid to block a Philadelphia hospital merger, the agency sued to stop Procter & Gamble’s acquisition of a women’s razor company. The deputy director of the FTC’s bureau of competition and two agency commissioners also spoke at separate events on Tuesday. And that is before we even mention the “F-word”, with several reports suggesting the commission’s lawsuit against Facebook could be expected today.

09 December 2020

FTC seeks injunction against P&G/Billie deal

The Federal Trade Commission has challenged Procter & Gamble’s acquisition of women’s razor startup Billie, alleging that the transaction would eliminate a nascent competitor in the US market.

09 December 2020

Sims: enforcers can learn from Asian counterparts on digital issues

Western enforcers should pay more attention to how agencies in Asia are fighting the anticompetitive conduct of large technology companies, the head of Australia’s competition authority has said.

08 December 2020

The most good for the greatest number: The Tipline for 8 December 2020

Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson said yesterday that she believes antitrust law informed by “continually refined economic analysis” is the “best way to achieve the most good for the greatest number”. Classical utilitarians Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill likely would have been fans of that comment. Also in Tipline, the FTC is granted a temporary restraining order against a real estate advertising deal and Chick-Fil-A reveals its involvement in the Department of Justice’s broiler chicken probe.

08 December 2020

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