US: FTC scratches paint supplier merger with antitrust challenge

US: FTC scratches paint supplier merger with antitrust challenge

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an administrative complaint challenging the merger of two top suppliers of chloride process titanium dioxide (“TiO2”), a white pigment used in a wide variety of products including paint, industrial coatings, plastic, and paper. The FTC’s administrative complaint charged that Tronox Limited’s proposed acquisition of competitor Cristal, for US$1.67 billion […]

US: New bill to question old mergers

US: New bill to question old mergers

Representative Keith Ellison introduced legislation that would require the antitrust agencies to review consummated mergers to analyze the potential harmful effects tie-ups have on local economies and jobs. A new House bill that Ellison introduced on Wednesday, December 6, would require the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to conduct annual retrospective studies of […]

US: Eyewear mega deal could hurt US consumers?

US: Eyewear mega deal could hurt US consumers?

The world’s biggest eyeglass frame maker is planning to merge with the largest lens maker in a tie-up US antitrust experts fear will be bad news for consumers,reports Reuters. Essilor, a French company, has asked US regulators to approve its merger with Italy’s Luxottica, the world’s leading frame maker, to create a company that would […]

US/Italy: Regulator clears Nutella’s acquisition of Ferrara Candy

US/Italy: Regulator clears Nutella’s acquisition of Ferrara Candy

Italian confectionery group Ferrero is to acquire Ferrara Candy, the third largest manufacturer of non-chocolate confectionery in the US. The US Federal Trade Commission has cleared the acquisition, the regulator said in its website. Illinois-headquartered Ferrara is a major player in the US confectionery market, best known for its Trolli gummy candies and Lemonheads. It […]

US: Trump picks antitrust lawyer to head FTC

US: Trump picks antitrust lawyer to head FTC

President Donald Trump has selected Joseph Simons, an antitrust attorney from a Washington law firm, to head the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a White House official said on Wednesday, October 18. Trump is expected to nominate Simons to the agency, along with Noah Phillips and Rohit Chopra to be FTC commissioners, the White House official […]

US: After collapsed merger, DraftKings hires new Chief Legal Officer

US: After collapsed merger, DraftKings hires new Chief Legal Officer

Dish Network general counsel R. Stanton Dodge is leaving the satellite operator after 21 years to join daily fantasy-sports site DraftKings as chief legal officer. Dodge assumes the role at Boston-based DraftKings on November 6, reporting to CEO and co-founder Jason Robins. “Stanton will be a major driver and enabler of DraftKings’ future growth as […]

US: Democrat asks FTC to make Google probe file public

US: Democrat asks FTC to make Google probe file public

Representative Keith Ellison has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to release the complete findings and analysis from the Commission’s Google investigation, which concluded in 2013 without any findings of antitrust violations. “We write to request the Federal Trade Commission make public the reports by the Bureau of Competition and the Bureau of Economics documenting […]

US: Abbott wins antitrust approval to buy Alere with conditions

US: Abbott wins antitrust approval to buy Alere with conditions

Abbott Laboratories has won US antitrust approval to buy Alere on condition that it sell two point-of-care medical testing businesses, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday, September 28. Canada also announced on Thursday that it had approved the proposed transaction on similar terms. Abbott first offered to buy Alere in February 2016, but the […]

FTC’s McSweeny is open to antitrust changes

Posted for Antitrust on Bloomberg Law FTC’s McSweeny is open to antitrust changes By Alexei Alexis Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Terrell McSweeny wants to “revitalize” antitrust enforcement but she warns that renewed enthusiasm for the issue won’t solve every concern about dominant companies like Amazon.com and Google.com. Even with that caveat, she said in an […]

US: FTC joins Crowell & Moring as antitrust partner

US: FTC joins Crowell & Moring as antitrust partner

Crowell & Moring announced that Alexis Gilman, a former Assistant Director at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will join the firm’s Washington office as a partner in its global Antitrust Group. With seven years of government experience reviewing high-profile mergers across a range of industries, he will advise clients on antitrust matters, including merger enforcement, […]

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