US: DOJ to hold workshop on competition in TV and digital advertising

US: DOJ to hold workshop on competition in TV and digital advertising

An e-commerce company president entered a guilty plea for conspiring to fix prices for customized promotional products sold online to customers in the United States, the Department of Justice announced. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick for the Southern District of Texas, and Special […]

US: Auction bidder pleads guilty to role in rigging scheme

US: Auction bidder pleads guilty to role in rigging scheme

Marshall Holland, the owner of a Texas company that purchases computers to resell and recycle, pleaded guilty on Thursday, April 11, in connection with an ongoing investigation into a conspiracy to rig bids submitted to the Government Services Administration (GSA), the Department of Justice announced. According to the one-count felony charge filed in the US […]

US: New “no poach” film premiers

US: New “no poach” film premiers

Filmmakers Collaborative SF launched a new film highlighting a successful antitrust action brought by the US Department of Justice against Google, Apple, eBay, and other major technology companies in 2009. Entitled, “When Rules Don’t Apply,” the 28-minute free film explores the “no-poach” wage suppression agreement that swept Silicon Valley from 2005 to 2015, and the […]

US: DOJ Asks First Data, Fiserv for additional docs

US: DOJ Asks First Data, Fiserv for additional docs

The Department of Justice has requested more information from First Data and Fiserv ahead of the pending merger of the two payment giants. Filings by Fiserv with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Monday, April 8, revealed that on April 4, the two firms each received a request for “additional information and documentary materials” in […]

US: DoJ charges flooring sales exec with bid-rigging

US: DoJ charges flooring sales exec with bid-rigging

Michael P. Gannon, former Vice President of Sales for a large Chicago-based commercial flooring contractor, has been charged for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices for commercial flooring services and products sold in the United States, the Department of Justice announced today. This charge is the first in the Department’s […]

US: DOJ says banning Netflix from the Oscars could be against the law

US: DOJ says banning Netflix from the Oscars could be against the law

The US Justice Department is concerned that potential rule changes by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may hurt Netflix and other streaming services’ eligibility for the Oscars, according to a report from Variety on Tuesday. Changing Academy rules to exclude Netflix and others may raise antitrust issues and violate competition law, the […]

US: DOJ to hold roundtable on antitrust criminal penalty enhancement

US: DOJ to hold roundtable on antitrust criminal penalty enhancement

On April 11, 2019, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division will hold a public roundtable to discuss the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement & Reform Act (ACPERA).  ACPERA reduces the civil damages exposure of a company granted leniency under the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Policy if the company provides civil plaintiffs with timely, “satisfactory cooperation.”  ACPERA, Section […]

US: DOJ Antitrust Division issues 2019 annual newsletter

US: DOJ Antitrust Division issues 2019 annual newsletter

On Thursday, March 28, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division issued the 2019 edition of its annual Spring Newsletter on its website. The Newsletter highlights the Antitrust Division’s recent activities and successes on civil and criminal enforcement, international cooperation, and competition advocacy. The Newsletter also includes a message from Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim. “In […]

US: Inter-franchise no-poach agreements not antitrust violation says DOJ

US: Inter-franchise no-poach agreements not antitrust violation says DOJ

The US Department of Justice has told a federal judge in Washington state that agreements between franchisees of the same brand not to poach each other’s workers do not violate federal antitrust law. Justice Department lawyers filed a “notice of interest” in federal court in Tacoma, Washington on Thursday asking US District Judge Stanley Bastian […]

US: Trump nominates Associate AG of DOJ

US: Trump nominates Associate AG of DOJ

According to the Wall Street Journal, president Trump will nominate federal prosecutor Jessie Liu as the Justice Department’s No. 3 official. If confirmed, Ms. Liu, the US attorney for the District of Columbia, would take on the post of Associate Attorney General. She would oversee the Department’s civil work, including antitrust and civil-rights matters, and […]

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