Topic: State enforcement

FTC Democrats deny Meta’s petition for Khan's recusal

Meta Platforms cannot bar Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan from participating in decisions related to its proposed acquisition of Within Unlimited, the agency’s two Democrats have ruled – with commissioner Christine Wilson issuing a fiery dissent.

03 February 2023

DC AG pushes to revive Amazon pricing parity suit

A local court in Washington, DC, abused its discretion and contradicted established antitrust law when dismissing allegations that Amazon set an illegal price floor, the District of Columbia’s new attorney general and Open Markets Institute have said.

30 January 2023

GOP picks enforcement critic to lead House panel

Republican leadership has selected a libertarian firebrand who once suggested merger review should not exist to lead the House antitrust subcommittee.

30 January 2023

DOJ seeks breakup of Google’s ad business

Google illegally monopolised several digital advertising technologies and should be required to divest DoubleClick, the Department of Justice and eight states have said.

25 January 2023

Tim Wu: the exit interview

Tim Wu stepped down as President Biden’s primary antitrust advisor earlier this month after two years in the role. The Columbia Law School professor spoke to GCR USA about the “plague” of non-competes, why technology-focused antitrust legislation failed to reach the finish line during his tenure and how the White House took on a bigger role in competition policy while maintaining the independence of the US antitrust agencies.

24 January 2023

DOJ prosecutions on the rise, but fines plummet

Criminal antitrust prosecutions are near an all-time high at the Department of Justice, but the Antitrust Division secured just $1.4 million in fines last year.

23 January 2023

Antitrust Division official highlights increased inter-agency collaboration

The Department of Justice is working with other federal agencies on ongoing merger reviews as a result of President Joe Biden’s 2021 executive order ordering a whole-of-government approach to competition policy, a senior counsel at the Antitrust Division has said.

19 January 2023

Drugmakers and PBMs drive up insulin prices, California says

California has accused Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk of individually conspiring with major pharmacy benefit managers and abusing their market power to drive up the price of insulin.

17 January 2023

Google seeks summary judgment in DOJ case

Google’s success in online search is driven by its superior product, not exclusionary agreements with web browsers and phone manufacturers, the company has asked a federal court to rule.

13 January 2023

Kathleen Foote: the exit interview

Kathleen Foote recently stepped down after two decades as California’s top antitrust enforcer. In a conversation with GCR USA, she discussed highlights of her 35-plus years of service for the Golden State – in which she helped cement the independence of state attorneys general and develop the Cartwright Act – and busted some misconceptions about state enforcement.

12 January 2023

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