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Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

Article: June 2016: Antitrust & Competition Update

DOJ Revises Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program. The Department of Justice’s Leniency Program gives corporations and individuals the opportunity to self-report and cooperate in...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2017

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Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this summer's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Antitrust Suit Against Michigan Hospital Moves Forward As Both Sides Denied Summary Judgment

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A federal district court denied summary judgment motions brought by both sides in the government’s antitrust suit against a Michigan hospital alleging an agreement not to compete in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

Defending Competitive Harm with Efficiencies: A Fire Swamp of Trouble

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The use of efficiencies as a defense remains without a firm footing in law when a transaction has demonstrable and substantial anticompetitive effects. In Rob Reiner’s classic fantasy adventure The Princess Bride,...more

Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

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The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In this first of a three-part...more

Competition Policy in Transition

by Hogan Lovells on

Actor James Dean once said, “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Change is constant – industries change, consumers change, competition changes, regulators...more

Price Setting Bots Aren’t Price Fixing Bots, and Airline Tariff Publishing is Wrong

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, in a speech at the Bundeskartellamt’s 18th Conference on Competition, European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, discussed the specter of automated price fixing cartels. She...more

Lawsuit Highlights Antitrust Exposure Related to Hiring and Compensation

by Reed Smith on

A recently filed class action lawsuit serves as an important reminder that employers can face scrutiny under antitrust law through civil litigation brought by their employees, in addition to investigations and enforcement...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

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FTC takes another look at merger remedies - On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to...more

Expanding HSR Gunjumping Enforcement: Swan Song, or Harbinger of What's to Come?

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In a move that may not have stood up under the new administration, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division settled a matter during the last days of the Obama Administration which involved allegations of...more

Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing Address New Laws, Omit Some Key Areas

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In 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) published guidelines that delineated how and when the Agencies would evaluate intellectual property licensing...more

Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The District of Columbia federal court recently ruled that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana cannot proceed, granting the US Department of Justice’s bid to block the combination on...more

Antitrust Alert: FTC Merger Remedies Report Signals Tougher Enforcement

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The Federal Trade Commission staff have completed a new study evaluating its process for designing and implementing merger remedies and the success of the remedies it has imposed in the past. Its report—"The FTC's Merger...more

DOJ and FTC Issue Updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property

by Clark Hill PLC on

On January 12, 2017, the United States Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The updates refine the federal government's original...more

Obama Administration Antitrust Enforcers Take Last-Minute IP Licensing Actions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, its antitrust enforcers took two actions of note for those involved in intellectual property (IP) licensing. The first, the joint release by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

Will Trump Relax DOJ's Enforcement of Antitrust Laws?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Obama Administration has made enforcement of the antitrust laws a priority and has aggressively pursued criminal and civil enforcement actions against large corporations for perceived antitrust violations relating to...more

Assessing the Trump Administration’s Approach to Antitrust and Unfair Competition

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As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the helm of the executive branch of the federal government, many are asking how he will approach antitrust regulation. Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans are more...more

"Key Takeaways: Antitrust Law and Policies — From Brussels to Washington, DC: The Atlantic Divide?"

On October 21, 2016, Skadden presented a seminar titled “Antitrust Law and Policies From Brussels to Washington, D.C.: The Atlantic Divide?” in Brussels. Former DG Competition Director General Sir Philip Lowe gave the keynote...more

Aetna and Humana Go to Battle With Regulators Over Multi-Billion Dollar Merger

The trial over Aetna and Humana's $37 billion proposed merger kicked off today in a Washington, D.C. federal court. At issue is whether the companies' merger would substantially lessen competition in the market for...more

"FTC and DOJ Announce HSR-Related Changes"

On November 28, 2016, the Premerger Notification Office of the Federal Trade Commission (PNO) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) both announced potentially important changes in the way the agencies...more

Third Circuit Considering Federal Court Damages Immunity for Ocean Shipping Companies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Shipping Act of 1984 grants limited immunity under the antitrust laws to vessel-operating common carriers that enter certain agreements, including price-fixing agreements, so long as the agreements are filed in advance...more

DOJ Publishes Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Relating to No-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements

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In a series of investigations and subsequent court actions, HR professionals have been identified as being potential targets for investigation of allegations of violations of antitrust laws related to employment practices,...more

DOJ and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

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Employment lawyers and human resources professionals, take note:  In 2016, in addition to knowing the ins and outs of labor and employment law, the federal government and its enforcement entities expect that you have more...more

Attention HR: The Antitrust Laws Apply To You Too!

Human resources professionals keep track of a number of laws and regulations administered by several different agencies. For the most part, HR departments have given little attention to federal antitrust law compliance. After...more

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