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Seventh Circuit affirms on petitioning immunity

Seventh Circuit affirms on petitioning immunity

GCR USA - 26 March 2020

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a defunct futures exchange’s antitrust case against the Chicago Board of Trade.

DC stays home: The Tipline for 26 March 2020

GCR USA - 26 March 2020

Washington, DC, mayor Muriel Bowser ordered all non-essential businesses in the district to close from 10pm last night until 24 April. In an email alert to residents, the city wrote: “We are depending on you – be a good neighbor, STAY HOME.” Antitrust cases continue to move through courts throughout the country while residents of the federal enforcers’ home city work from home. In today’s Tipline, a drugmaker asks the US Food and Drug Administration to rescind orphan drug status for a potential covid-19 treatment, and a federal appellate court affirms the dismissal of a case brought against the Chicago Board of Trade by a defunct competitor.

FCO approves German football broadcasting auction

FCO approves German football broadcasting auction

25 March 2020

The German Football League has committed to awarding the broadcasting rights for Germany’s top two divisions to multiple broadcasters.

EU takes Johnson & Johnson deal to Phase II

EU takes Johnson & Johnson deal to Phase II

25 March 2020

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Johnson & Johnson’s proposed acquisition of Takeda's surgical patch product.

Swedish enforcer analyses its own ability to issue fines

Swedish enforcer analyses its own ability to issue fines

25 March 2020

Sweden’s Competition Authority has launched a review into its organisational structure to determine if it could impose fines without turning to a court, but lawyers are sceptical that such a power is imminent.

CMA studies textbook publishing deal in-depth

CMA studies textbook publishing deal in-depth

25 March 2020

The UK’s competition authority has joined the US, Australia and New Zealand in raising concerns about the merger of textbook publishers McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage.

Mexico extends tortilla cartel probe

Mexico extends tortilla cartel probe

25 March 2020

Mexico's competition enforcer has extended its investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct in the corn tortilla market.

ACCC relaxes rules for medical equipment suppliers and supermarkets

25 March 2020

Australia’s competition authority will allow medical technology companies to coordinate the supply and potential manufacture of medical equipment needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

FTC and DOJ promise quick turnaround on advisory opinions

FTC and DOJ promise quick turnaround on advisory opinions

GCR USA - 25 March 2020

The two federal antitrust agencies have promised to issue advisory opinions on business collaborations within seven days of receiving necessary information during the coronavirus outbreak.

Axinn snags Wong-Ervin from Qualcomm

Axinn snags Wong-Ervin from Qualcomm

GCR USA - 25 March 2020

Qualcomm in-house antitrust counsel Koren Wong-Ervin has accepted a partnership at Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider in the firm’s Washington, DC, office.