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 […]

US: Hausfeld adds DOJ veteran DOJ

US: Hausfeld adds DOJ veteran DOJ

Paul Gallagher, an accomplished trial attorney with the Department of Justice (DOJ), has joined Hausfeld as a partner in the Washington, DC office. For most of the last decade, Gallagher served as a white-collar prosecutor with the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in Washington, DC, specializing in prosecution of criminal antitrust cases against corporations and executives engaged […]

US: Amazon, Facebook recruit from the DOJ

US: Amazon, Facebook recruit from the DOJ

AT&T, Facebook, and Amazon are padding their antitrust expertise by poaching from the government, reported Bloomberg. All three tech giants have recently hired top Justice Department (DOJ) Antitrust Division lawyers. The hirings could hinder the Department’s antitrust enforcement powers at a time when large tech companies’ market dominance is coming under greater scrutiny. But adding […]

US: DOJ said to be reviewing Anti-OPEC legislation

US: DOJ said to be reviewing Anti-OPEC legislation

According to a report by Bloomberg, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is formally reviewing antitrust legislation aimed at reining in OPEC’s power over oil markets, according to a department official. While the study is ongoing, there is an understanding that the oil cartel’s efforts to affect crude prices through production quotas has raised costs for […]

US: Facebook recruits ex-DOJ antitrust pro

US: Facebook recruits ex-DOJ antitrust pro

Facebook hired Kate Patchen, who headed the Justice Deptartment’s (DOJ) antitrust office in San Francisco, this month as associate general counsel for litigation matters. Kate Patchen, who previously led the DOJ’s antitrust office in San Francisco, joined the social media group as an associate general counsel on litigation matters this month, according to her LinkedIn […]

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