Region: North America

DOJ official: Deferred prosecution not guaranteed in criminal healthcare cases

Despite the Antitrust Division’s recent increased use of deferred prosecution agreements, companies should not assume such agreements will always be used to resolve criminal cases in the healthcare sector, a Department of Justice official has said.

03 February 2021

Rodent meteorology: The Tipline for 3 February 2021

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Tuesday, indicating six more weeks of review for your client’s merger. In today’s Tipline, Mylan’s summary judgment win over Sanofi comes out of hibernation after six weeks under seal, Uber seeks out the ability to sell six-packs and the NCAA appeals to the Supreme Court’s sports fans in its antitrust battle with student-athletes.

03 February 2021

Ex-Honeywell antitrust chief heads to Paul Hastings

Honeywell International’s former chief antitrust counsel Gary Zanfagna has joined Paul Hastings as a partner in Washington, DC.

02 February 2021

Marketplace of Ideas: The Tipline for 2 February 2021

Local journalism is dying. Whether antitrust could – or should – play a role in halting its demise remains a topic of great debate. As lawmakers in the US and Australia grapple with granting publishers the ability to collectively bargain with technology platforms, a West Virginia newspaper company has another idea: treble damages. Also in Tipline, Paul Hastings boosts its competition practice and Apple top dog Tim Cook faces deposition.

01 February 2021

Happy Black History Month: The Tipline for 1 February 2021

Schools in Washington, DC, were scheduled to hold in-person classes today for the first time this academic year. Mother Nature had other plans. Now’s the time to reminisce with your kids about the February 2010 snowmageddon blizzards that dumped upwards of 31 inches in the first 10 days of the month. And more importantly, time to honour the accomplishments and struggles of Black Americans seeking to make the US a more equal and just place. In today’s Tipline, the Federal Trade Commission survives a constitutional challenge and wrangles another titanium dioxide merger.

01 February 2021

FTC closes investigation into Tronox deal after abandonment

The Federal Trade Commission has revealed it opened and then decided to close an investigation into Tronox Holdings’ proposed purchase of TiZir Titanium and Iron (TTI) after the deal collapsed in the face of antitrust scrutiny.

01 February 2021

Hot docs remain a crucial indicator of competition issues in fintech deals

The type of language used in internal documents to justify a proposed deal remains one of the best indicators for the Department of Justice in deciding whether a transaction in the financial technology sector will be anticompetitive, two former enforcers have said.

29 January 2021

Simons says: The Tipline for 29 January 2021

Outgoing Federal Trade Commission chair Joseph Simons is not a man of many words, but he is a man of many decisive votes. The agency squeezed out one more monopolisation case this week before Simons left his virtual office for the very last time. In the final Tipline of the FTC’s Simons era, GCR USA explores the agency’s challenge to a second reverse-payment settlement between Endo Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories and takes a glance at the origins of the Department of Justice’s automakers emissions probe.

29 January 2021

Ex-government officials advocate for regulation to tackle Big Tech

Regulation may be necessary if the US hopes to confront competition issues posed by the dominance of large technology companies, according to two former government officials.

28 January 2021

Born to run: The Tipline for 28 January 2021

Antitrust litigation is often more like a marathon than a sprint – unless you’re in charge of the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition. The outgoing director last year sacrificed a six-year streak of striding 26.2 miles in one go as his agency brought more than 30 enforcement actions in merger cases alone. In today’s Tipline, Ian Conner discusses his tenure at the FTC, Facebook says it faces an “uphill battle” against Apple’s “dominant platform” and former government officials advocate for more regulation to take on Big Tech.

27 January 2021

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