US: DOJ settles with Learfield IMG College on antitrust allegations

US: DOJ settles with Learfield IMG College on antitrust allegations

The US Justice Department (DOJ) stated on Thursday, February 14, it had settled with Learfield IMG College, a unit of Learfield Communications, over allegations it had agreed with smaller rivals to refrain from competing against one another. The unit, formed by a merger of Learfield and IMG College, which closed in December, had been accused […]

US: DOJ joins UNC, Duke no-poach case

US: DOJ joins UNC, Duke no-poach case

According to a report from Bloomberg the Department of Justice’s antitrust division wants a say in a class action alleging that Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conspired to suppress medical school professors’ wages. The DOJ said in a court notice that it expects to file a statement of interest, […]

US: Baxter free of DOJ saline case charges

US: Baxter free of DOJ saline case charges

Baxter said Friday that it has been cleared from a US Department of Justice antitrust probe, launched in 2017, investigating companies that market intravenous saline solutions. The probe came as hospitals endured a shortage of intravenous saline solutions, which are used to hydrate hospital patients. The shortage dates back to late 2013, after drugmakers told hospitals they […]

US: Trump role in merger reviews to be target of House Panel: Bloomberg

US: Trump role in merger reviews to be target of House Panel: Bloomberg

A congressional antitrust panel plans to examine whether the White House improperly influenced merger oversight, including the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner, according to Bloomberg. Democratic Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who is taking over as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, wants to examine what role, […]

US: DOJ OKs Gray Raycom merger

US: DOJ OKs Gray Raycom merger

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has given its approval of Gray’s merger with Raycom Media. Divestment of broadcast television stations in nine markets is needed as a condition of resolving “a challenge” to the proposed US$3.6 billion merger between Gray and Raycom. The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the US […]

US: Freshfields hires Antitrust Pro from DOJ

US: Freshfields hires Antitrust Pro from DOJ

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is continuing to grow its US antitrust capabilities, this time bringing onboard Andrew Ewalt, a longtime Department of Justice (DOJ) official who was the counselor to another recent Freshfields hire, Eric Mahr, the former director of litigation in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Ewalt joins Freshfields’ Washington, DC, office as a partner after […]

US: Delrahim speaks out against compulsory FRAND licensing

US: Delrahim speaks out against compulsory FRAND licensing

The head of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division has revealed concerns about the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing landscape in the US. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim made his remarks in a speech about the “common ground between antitrust and patent law” at the 19th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute […]

US: Barr emerges as leading AG candidate

US: Barr emerges as leading AG candidate

Former Attorney General William Barr is US President Donald Trump’s leading candidate to be nominated to lead the Justice Department. Barr, 68, a well-respected Republican lawyer who served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under then-President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a favourite candidate of a number of Trump administration officials, including senior […]

US: Judges grill DOJ over to AT&T-Time Warner merger

US: Judges grill DOJ over to AT&T-Time Warner merger

According to a report by The Hill, federal appeals court judges grilled the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, December 6, over its challenge to a lower court’s decision to bless the AT&T-Time Warner merger. It’s unclear from the tough questioning where the judges will land in their consideration of the appeal, but the government, […]

US: Delrahim emerges as a contender for attorney general?

US: Delrahim emerges as a contender for attorney general?

President Donald Trump is considering tapping the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, to become the next US Attorney General, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN. Delrahim is one of several people under consideration for the job, and has close ties to the Trump White House. As a […]

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