Region: United States of America

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

Crime doesn’t pay: The Tipline for 11 December 2020

When someone says “crime doesn’t pay”, they are usually implying that a criminal act is going to result in more trouble than benefit. The Department of Justice’s antitrust division gave the idiom a more literal meaning on Thursday, announcing the first-ever wage-fixing indictment in the history of the Sherman Act. Also in Tipline, the DOJ weighs in on a no-poach lawsuit brought by Burger King employees and former Federal Trade Commission chair Edith Ramirez predicts what competition enforcement might look like under the Biden administration.

11 December 2020

United States: Washington, DC

Featured in GCR 100 2021

Even though 2020 was mired in uncertainty, at least one thing remained stable: the antitrust bar in Washington, DC.

11 December 2020

United States: California

Featured in GCR 100 2021

Increased scrutiny of the major technology companies has kept competition lawyers in the world’s fifth-largest economy especially busy.

11 December 2020

United States: Texas

Featured in GCR 100 2021

The Lone Star state’s antitrust bar has seen its fair share of personnel moves in recent years as competition work continues to blossom in the region.

11 December 2020

United States: Pennsylvania

Featured in GCR 100 2021

There is a strong chance that any ongoing pharmaceutical antitrust litigation involves these firms based out of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

11 December 2020

United States: Illinois

Featured in GCR 100 2021

Not to be outdone by some of the other US jurisdictions, there is plenty of antitrust work blowing through the Windy City.

11 December 2020

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