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New research identifies potential influence of common ownership

New research identifies potential influence of common ownership

GCR USA - 05 August 2020

A new paper by Yale University researcher Nathan Shekita has identified instances where common ownership may have influenced those companies’ decision-making.

Golden Globes organisation sued over membership rules

Golden Globes organisation sued over membership rules

GCR USA - 05 August 2020

Norwegian entertainment journalist Kjersti Flaa has alleged that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s strict membership rules violate antitrust laws.

Foreign press fight: The Tipline for 5 August 2020

GCR USA - 05 August 2020

Hollywood foreign reporting might not sound like the most cutthroat business, but a new lawsuit claims that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will go to great lengths to keep rivals out of their cushy organisation. We have more on those antitrust claims in today’s Tipline, plus a new paper on common ownership and Uber surviving a challenge to an earlier arbitration win.

Colombia fines military rations cartel

Colombia fines military rations cartel

04 August 2020

Colombia’s competition authority has punished four food suppliers for rigging bids to provide the country’s military with food for ration packs and, for the first time, has imposed the maximum fine on an individual for violating competition law.

CMA approves Amazon/Deliveroo without remedies

CMA approves Amazon/Deliveroo without remedies

04 August 2020

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in online food delivery company Deliveroo after a Phase II review, but warned that a further increase in its shareholding could trigger another investigation.

EU takes closer look at Google/Fitbit deal

EU takes closer look at Google/Fitbit deal

04 August 2020

Following weeks of speculation, the European Commission has launched an in-depth review into Google’s $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit to study if the deal will give Google a data advantage in the online search and display advertising markets.

China issues two abuse decisions against public utilities

China issues two abuse decisions against public utilities

04 August 2020

China’s competition watchdog has found that two public gas utilities abused their dominance by forcing real estate developers needing access to natural gas to also purchase construction services.

Akin Gump, Wachtell lead for 7-Eleven/Speedway

Akin Gump, Wachtell lead for 7-Eleven/Speedway

GCR USA - 04 August 2020

Convenience store and gas station chain 7-Eleven has purchased rival Speedway from Marathon Petroleum for $21 billion.

Fill up on gas: The Tipline for 4 August 2020

GCR USA - 04 August 2020

7-Eleven is best known for its Big Gulp soft drinks and hot dogs, but it expanded its business significantly yesterday by agreeing to purchase rival Speedway. The deal follows the gas station and convenience store chain's smaller purchase of gas stations in 2017, which the Federal Trade Commission approved with divestitures. Also in today’s Tipline, the FTC reportedly joins with New York and California to probe Amazon, health insurance purchasers suing California health insurer Sutter Health score class certification and a cancer treatment deal sets Siemens Healthineers on track to become a global leader in cancer care.

EU greenlights Alstom/Bombardier deal

EU greenlights Alstom/Bombardier deal

03 August 2020

The European Commission has approved Alstom’s €6.2 billion acquisition of Bombardier’s rail equipment division, subject to a “once in a lifetime” divestment package according to counsel for Alstom.