US: Delrahim issues warning to technology giants

US: Delrahim issues warning to technology giants

Makan Delrahim, the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust chief, said that low prices and free products would not shield digital monopolists from scrutiny to group of tech experts, reported the Financial Times. The remarks by Mr Delrahim at a conference in Israel followed moves by US antitrust enforcers to prepare competition investigations into Google, […]

US: DOJ to review 1941 ASCAP, BMI consent decrees

US: DOJ to review 1941 ASCAP, BMI consent decrees

The US Justice Department said Wednesday it would review two consent decrees reached with music licensing groups ASCAP and BMI in 1941, a decision that could upend the business of licensing music to online companies, movie companies, commercials, bars and restaurants. The department said it planned to review settlements reached with the American Society of […]

US: DOJ reportedly authorized to investigate Apple

US: DOJ reportedly authorized to investigate Apple

The US Department of Justice has been granted authority to investigate Apple for potential antitrust violations, according to Reuters. The news comes after reports that Google is under scrutiny from Justice Department antitrust investigators, with the DOJ reportedly focusing on its advertising and search businesses. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission has been authorized to investigate […]

US: DOJ’s Delrahim still open to Sprint-T-Mobile deal says CNBC

US: DOJ’s Delrahim still open to Sprint-T-Mobile deal says CNBC

The US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, is still open to T-Mobile’s US$26 billion acquisition of smaller rival Sprint, CNBC reported on Thursday, May 23. Makan Delrahim, head of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, is still talking with the companies and may be trying to find a way to support a deal despite […]

US: DOJ leans against approving T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint

US: DOJ leans against approving T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint

Two federal agencies reviewing the US$26 billion Sprint/T-Mobile deal appear split in their thinking about the transaction. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is leaning against approving T-Mobile’s proposed takeover of Sprint as the remedies proposed by the companies do not resolve antitrust concerns, reported the Washington Post. Ajit Pai, from the Federal Communications Commission […]

US: DOJ backs Oscar in antitrust case against Florida BCBS

US: DOJ backs Oscar in antitrust case against Florida BCBS

The Department of Justice is siding with health insurer Oscar in its antitrust lawsuit against Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield and its use of an exclusive broker policy. DOJ is asking a federal judge not to toss Oscar’s antitrust claims against Florida Blue, according to DOJ’s statement of interest filing in the case. Oscar filed […]

US: DOJ Head of International Affairs warns Chinese owned firms during speech

US: DOJ Head of International Affairs warns Chinese owned firms during speech

The head of international affairs for the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, Roger Alford on Tuesday, May 7, delivered a warning in China for state-owned companies controlled by Beijing as well as other governments, reported Law360. “Turning to the role of state-owned-enterprises, over the past few decades, SOEs have increasingly played a more prominent […]

US: Delrahim spells out Ad Market Review

US: Delrahim spells out Ad Market Review

Department of Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim provided a number of breadcrumbs that broadcasters and advertisers can follow on the trail to what changes DOJ may or may not make to its view of the competitive advertising market when it comes to merger reviews. Justice and the Federal Trade Commission divvy up such antitrust reviews, […]

US: Academy leaves door open to Netflix, following DOJ warning

US: Academy leaves door open to Netflix, following DOJ warning

Netflix and other streaming platforms won’t be banned from the Oscars as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has rejected calls from Steven Spielberg and others to restrict eligibility for the annual awards. The Academy’s Board of Governors approved rules for the February 2020 Oscars and left the eligibility requirement unchanged. Just as […]

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