Region: United States of America

From the enforcer: Federal Trade Commission

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18 December 2020

United States: economist perspective

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18 December 2020

A Selective Review of Competition Cases in the UK

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18 December 2020

Firms promote in Australia, Europe and the US

Clayton Utz has promoted Adrian Kuti and Mihkel Wilding to the partnership in Sydney, while Wikborg Rein has named Hanne Zimmer as a partner in Oslo and Davis Polk & Wardwell has promoted a pair of associates to counsel in London and New York.

17 December 2020

Don't Mess with Texas: The Tipline for 17 December 2020

The slogan “Don't Mess with Texas” was created in 1985 for the Texas Department of Transportation’s anti-littering campaign. The state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, is now borrowing the catchphrase for his campaign against Big Tech. Announcing a multi-state antitrust lawsuit against Google yesterday, Paxton said he is “here to fight for each and every citizen of Texas” and that he will continue to do his job, whether big technology companies like it or not. “It’s time for them to learn the hard way that you do not mess with Texas,” he said.

17 December 2020

Rental listings platforms rebut FTC merger allegations

CoStar Group and RentPath Holdings have argued that the Federal Trade Commission’s complaint to block their merger has failed to allege any plausible harm to competition or consumers.

17 December 2020

Naughty or nice: The Tipline for 16 December 2020

Lawmakers in Washington, DC, passed major antitrust legislation on Tuesday – no, not Congress. The DC Council voted unanimously in favour of an outright ban on non-compete agreements for certain workers. Meanwhile, antitrust progressives are hopeful for competition law gifts at the federal level next year, making it known that they will be closely watching to see if the Biden administration is naughty or nice to monopoly power.

16 December 2020

City council votes to ban non-compete agreements in Washington, DC

The Council of the District of Columbia has unanimously voted to ban non-compete agreements, cementing the city’s position at the centre of the movement for limiting restrictions on employee mobility.

16 December 2020

Freshfields and Wachtell steer AstraZeneca/Alexion

AstraZeneca has tapped Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to guide its $39 billion acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, which is being advised by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

15 December 2020

Unboiled eggs: The Tipline for 14 December 2020

In 2015, scientists at the University of California discovered a way to unboil egg whites. While the research may have been designed to improve cancer treatments and food production, the chemists moved one step closer to ruining the most over-used metaphor in the antitrust world. Unscrambling an egg is still physically impossible, yet enforcers have time and time again successfully separated a company’s assets. Economists John Kwoka and Tommaso Valletti have shared their thoughts on why the metaphor does not work.

14 December 2020

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