US: Sessions appoints new acting US attorney

US: Sessions appoints new acting US attorney

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed an acting US Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, replacing previous interim US Attorney Jack Smith who announced his retirement last month. The Department of Justice announced Tuesday, September 5, mmorning that Mark H. Wildasin had been appointed to the position after serving as civil chief in the […]

US: Barclays hirings come under scrutiny

US: Barclays hirings come under scrutiny

The US Department of Justice is scrutinising whether Barclays breached antitrust laws by promising to stop poaching JPMorgan Chase bankers, in another blow to Jes Staley, the British lender’s chief executive. The DoJ asked Barclays for more information on discussions between its top brass and senior JPMorgan executives following a string of high-level departures from […]

US: DOJ ups investigation of Sun-Times sale

US: DOJ ups investigation of Sun-Times sale

The Department of Justice is requiring the owner of Chicago Sun-Times to openly solicit bids from alternative buyers after the Wrapports informed antitrust enforcers that it planned to sell the paper to its local rival, Tronc , the owner of the Chicago Tribune. Wrapports disclosed Monday that it planned to sell the Sun-Times to Tronc […]

US: Feds and Wal-Mart allege canned tuna prices fixed

US: Feds and Wal-Mart allege canned tuna prices fixed

Executives of the most popular tuna brands in the US — Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee and StarKist — conspired regularly to keep prices high for consumers with a taste for one of America’s favorite sandwich ingredients, according to criminal and civil court records updated this week. A typical can of tuna today costs […]

US: Antitrust nominee addresses antitrust enforcement abroad

US: Antitrust nominee addresses antitrust enforcement abroad

Makan Delrahim, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the antitrust division of the Department of Justice, spoke Wednesday about the need to change how antitrust laws are enforced abroad. In an abbreviated confirmation hearing shared with two other Justice Department nominees, Delrahim pointed to his prior experience heading up international antitrust applications in the department […]

US: DOJ gets $143 million cut but the Antitrust Division remains whole

US: DOJ gets $143 million cut but the Antitrust Division remains whole

The Department of Justice could receive a $143 million cut in funding as part of a spending package Congress is expected to vote on this week, reports Bloomberg. The antitrust division’s funding, however would remain unchanged from the fiscal 2016 budget, at nearly $165 million. The total amount allotted to the DOJ under the bill […]

US: Trump’s antitrust pick heads before Senate

US: Trump’s antitrust pick heads before Senate

Today lawmakers are returning to Washington, after a two-week recess, and are in for a busy week reports The Hill. On the agenda is Trump’s Makan Delrahim, is heading before a Senate panel. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Delrahim on Wednesday. Delrahim is the nominee to lead the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. […]

US: Jeff Sessions tells 46 US attorneys to resign

US: Jeff Sessions tells 46 US attorneys to resign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked the remaining 46 US attorneys who served under the Obama administration to resign, the Justice Department announced Friday, describing the move as part of an effort to ensure a “uniform transition.” The department said some US attorneys, as in prior transitions, already had left the department. Now, “the Attorney […]

US: Anthem/Cigna merger appeal set for this month

US: Anthem/Cigna merger appeal set for this month

The United States Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the Anthem/Cigna merger case on Friday, March 24, with Cigna now onboard with the takeover. “… Cigna defers to Anthem and to the conclusion in Anthem’s brief that this court should reverse the district court’s February 8, 2017 order in its entirety, vacate the injunction […]

Data-Opolies

Posted by Social Science Research Network Data-Opolies By Maurice E. Stucke (University of Tennessee) & Allen P. Grunes (The Konkurrenz Group) Abstract:     In contrast to the European Commission, the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have not meaningfully prosecuted monopolistic abuses over the past 16 years. The US Supreme Court’s view on monopolies […]

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