It is not accurate to say Europe is the big aggressor going after monopolies while the US does nothing, a Federal Trade Commission lawyer said yesterday.
The Notorious RBG turns 86 today. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had her fair share of contributions to antitrust case law during her four decades on the bench and she will have a chance to weigh in on Illinois Brick later this year when the Supreme Court rules in Apple v Pepper. GCR USA will be on spring break next week, but don’t worry, we’ll be back in your inboxes for all the excitement of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Spring Meeting.
Allegations that water treatment chemical companies conspired to fix the prices of aluminium sulfate have sufficed to overcome several motions to dismiss.
The states continue to take it to “no-poach” agreements. Four fast food franchisors agreed to drop clauses preventing employees of one location from moving to another, as part of a settlement with 14 states. Not to be outdone, the State of Washington, which was not one of the 14 states, intervened in three private class action lawsuits challenging alleged “no-poach” deals. The Department of Justice has been active in the area as well, and hopefully we’ll soon have some case law on the topic to dissect.
For the first time in eight years, Democrats control the US House of Representatives and its antitrust subcommittee. With that comes a bully pulpit, but also a big stick of investigation and potentially legislation.
Kathleen Bradish returned to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as counsel last autumn after almost three-and-a-half years at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, where she was assistant chief for the international section. She already had nearly a decade of experience at Cleary, where she represented pharmaceutical companies including Santarus, Abbott Laboratories and GlaxoSmithKline. Bradish will be speaking at the inaugural GCR Live Pharmaceuticals conference on 28 February in Washington, DC.
The overturning of class certification for indirect purchasers of Asacol may reshape how some class actions are formed, as a defence strategy of aggressive discovery on plaintiffs bore fruit in a successful appeal.
While the recent heatwave may have you inside by the air-conditioning all day, we have collected the hottest docs in antitrust to keep you entertained.