Topic: State enforcement

States, advocacy groups urge SCOTUS to protect FTC’s disgorgement authority

Eliminating the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to seek monetary relief will undermine its ability to deter anticompetitive conduct, multiple US states and advocacy groups have said.

08 December 2020

Judge Mehta: DOJ’s protective order “raises due process concerns” for Google

Google’s due process rights may be violated if its in-house attorneys are denied broad access to documents third parties submitted to the Department of Justice during the agency’s antitrust probe of the technology company, the federal judge presiding over the case has said.

03 December 2020

A Q&A with Beau Buffier

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced on 12 November that Beau Buffier, the former antitrust bureau chief for the New York State attorney general’s office, has joined the firm as a partner in New York. In a Q&A with GCR USA, Buffier discussed revolving doors, the bureau’s coordination with other states during their challenge to the T-Mobile/Sprint deal and why he decided to join his new firm.

16 November 2020

California classifies gig-economy workers as independent contractors

California has voted to classify app-based drivers as independent contractors, exempting companies like Uber and Lyft from state requirements for compensating employees.

05 November 2020

Chopra, Slaughter: FTC approval of Pfizer/Mylan may invite collusion

Both Democratic members of the Federal Trade Commission have warned that the conditional approval of Pfizer’s sale of its Upjohn division to Mylan may make it easier for companies in the pharmaceutical industry to coordinate prices.

02 November 2020

DOJ requires Waste Management to dump assets

Waste Management has agreed to sell hundreds of assets spanning more than 50 local markets to secure merger approval for its $4.6 billion purchase of Advanced Disposal Services.

26 October 2020

DOJ’s Google lawsuit follows Microsoft playbook, ex-enforcers say

The Department of Justice is seeking to replicate the success of its landmark Microsoft case in a lawsuit accusing Google of illegally maintaining monopolies over online search and search advertising, several former enforcers have said.

21 October 2020

US DOJ seeks "structural relief" in Google monopolisation case

Google has illegally maintained monopolies over online search and search advertising through agreements intended to prevent competition, the US Department of Justice and 11 US state enforcers have said in a long-expected lawsuit against the company.

20 October 2020

EU market definition notice must address multi-sided platforms, ABA says

The American Bar Association has urged the European Commission to update its market definition notice to provide guidance on how it intends to analyse and intervene in cases involving multi-sided markets and digital platforms.

20 October 2020

California appellate court grapples with harms in Uber classification dispute

Ride-hailing platforms Uber and Lyft face a presumed disadvantage in seeking to overturn a ruling that required them to classify their drivers as employees, a California state appellate court has said.

14 October 2020

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