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Freshfields continues streak at WWL awards

22 May 2019

For the 15th consecutive year, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has snagged the prize for competition firm of the year at the annual Who’s Who Legal awards, while partner Frank Montag again was named competition lawyer of the year.

Dental suppliers fight private antitrust litigation

Dental suppliers fight private antitrust litigation

GCR USA - 22 May 2019

Dental suppliers sued by the Federal Trade Commission for an alleged conspiracy to boycott buying groups also remain busy defending against private antitrust claims of boycotts and predatory pricing.

Senators show bipartisan interest in using antitrust on big tech

Senators show bipartisan interest in using antitrust on big tech

GCR USA - 22 May 2019

Senators on both sides of the aisle, in a Tuesday committee hearing on digital advertising, showed interest in increasing antitrust scrutiny of Google and Facebook.

Brewing bipartisanship: The Tipline for 22 May 2019

GCR USA - 22 May 2019

In breaking news, the Federal Trade Commission last night won its monopolisation case against Qualcomm. Keep an eye out for our story later today. While Republicans and Democrats don’t always rail against large technology platforms for the same reasons, one Democratic presidential candidate sees the bipartisanship as a potential avenue for changes to US competition law. Also in today’s Tipline, three dental suppliers may be nearing the end of an administrative trial at the FTC before Judge D Michael Chappell, but that doesn’t spell the end of their antitrust woes.

Hong Kong court brings legal certainty with initial rulings

Hong Kong court brings legal certainty with initial rulings

21 May 2019

The president of Hong Kong’s Competition Tribunal has provided greater legal certainty through a pair of cartel decisions that closely follow EU precedent, lawyers in the territory have said.

Italy scores football cartel penalty

Italy scores football cartel penalty

21 May 2019

Italy’s Antitrust Authority has fined three sports media agencies €67 million for rigging bids to distribute overseas broadcasting rights for the country’s top football leagues.

Lateral hires boost Pinsent Masons and DWF European practices

Lateral hires boost Pinsent Masons and DWF European practices

21 May 2019

Taylor Wessing’s UK head of competition, Robert Vidal, has left to join the partnership at Pinsent Masons in London, while Christian Peeters has joined DWF as a partner in Brussels.

DOJ wants to enforce Duke settlement of “no-poach” claims

DOJ wants to enforce Duke settlement of “no-poach” claims

GCR USA - 21 May 2019

Duke University has settled claims brought by a class of medical faculty alleging the school violated federal antitrust laws by agreeing to restrict lateral hiring with the University of North Carolina.

Tobacco road settles “no-poach”: The Tipline for 21 May 2019

GCR USA - 21 May 2019

A class comprised of faculty at Duke University and the University of North Carolina had alleged that the legendary basketball rivalry between the two schools didn’t carry over to competition for medical staff. But unlike the athletes on the court, the class is getting paid. While UNC settled the “no-poach” allegations in 2017, Duke has now agreed to pay the plaintiffs $54.5 million to end four years of litigation. According to US Department of Education estimates, that amounts to about 18 months of team revenue for the men’s basketball programme.

Three FCC commissioners back T-Mobile/Sprint

Three FCC commissioners back T-Mobile/Sprint

20 May 2019

The US Federal Communications Commission appears ready to conditionally approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, as the agency’s three Republican commissioners voiced support for the deal on Monday.