Recent Developments in Antitrust

Democrats and Republicans Work Together – But Get Sued For Monopolizing The Presidential Debates

September 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Believe it or not, but on September 25, 2012, the Democrats and Republicans got sued in United States District Court for the Central District of California. They are accused under the antitrust laws of monopolizing the market for televised presidential debates in the United States by controlling the field of […]

Failure To File HSR Notification Form Can Be Costly

September 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

On September 25, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Biglari Holdings, Inc., which owns Steak 'n Shake and Western Sizzlin restaurant chains, agreed to pay $850,000 in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it failed to make a premerger notification filing in connection with its acquisition of 8.7% […]

Department of Justice Touts Its Antitrust Practice

September 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

On September 19, Joseph Wayland, head of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, spoke of the Division's recent performance and future outlook at Georgetown Law's 6th Annual Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium. In his speech, he highlighted recent successes in tough litigation cases such as the one brought against […]


September 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) scored an important victory on September 20, 2012 when AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) of Taiwan was fined $500,000,000 by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco for participation in a criminal price fixing conspiracy in the market for thin-film […]

Canada Publishes New Competition Enforcement Guidelines

September 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

On September 20, 2012, Canada's Competition Bureau published the final version of its Enforcement Guidelines on the abuse of dominance provisions (sections 78 and 79) of the Competition Act. The Competition Bureau's release of the Enforcement Guidelines replaces all of the Bureau's previous publications on the abuse of dominance provisions. […]

FTC Calls Recent Patent Disputes “Anticompetitive”

September 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

At Georgetown Law’s 6th Annual Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium on September 19, 2012, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz raised critical concerns about the recent anti-competitive practices of firms regarding the use of technology and IP patents. In particular, he denounced the growing use of International Trade Commission (“ITC”) exclusion orders as […]

Antitrust Divisions Threatens To Block Sticky Notes Merger

September 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

On September 4, 2012, the Antitrust Division announced that 3M Co. abandoned its plan to acquire Avery Dennison Corp.'s Office and Consumer Products Group after the Division informed 3M that it would sue to block the transaction. 3M Response Later that day, 3M responded that it has only withdrawn its […]