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Appeals Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger Bid - Insurance JournalHow Far Into the Drug Pipeline Should the FTC Reach?Citizens, Elected Officials Testify Against Proposal to Expand Probate Court PowersUPDATE 3-U.S. appeals court blocks Anthem bid to merge with rival CignaArtificial Intelligence Pushes the Antitrust EnvelopeChairman Pai's plan to fix net neutrality is the right oneAppeals Court Affirms Decision Blocking Anthem-Cigna Merger -- 2nd UpdateFTC Imposes Conditions on Acquisition of Industrial Valve Manufacturer Pentair (PNR) by Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)Vote: What's your flavor of capitalism?Court denies Anthem's appeal of antitrust ruling against proposed Cigna mergerBREAKING: Anthem loses Cigna takeover appealAppeals Court Affirms Decision Blocking Anthem-Cigna Merger--UpdateUS appeals court blocks Anthem bid to merge with rival CignaChiquita Cartel Case Paves Way for European Evidence SwapsBill on antitrust - proposing amendments to the current antitrust law

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NBC2 Investigators: Florida business regulators fear lawsuit
NBC2 NewsApril 3, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission sued, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that professional boards could not make decisions that potentially violated antitrust laws and quashed competition. NBC2 has gathered several letters from Florida's board members to ...more »

Antitrust Umps Throw Out Information Exchanges Relating To LA Dodgers Broadcast Rights
The National Law ReviewApril 3, 2017

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reinforces the perils of competitor information exchanges by challenging alleged communications between DirecTV and other video programmers related to broadcast rights for Los Angeles (LA) Dodgers baseball.more »

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Appeals Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger Bid - Insurance Journal
Insurance JournalApril 30, 2017

A U.S. appeals court on Friday blocked health insurer Anthem Inc's bid to merge with Cigna, upholding a lower court's decision that the $54 billion deal sh.more »

How Far Into the Drug Pipeline Should the FTC Reach?
TheStreet.comApril 30, 2017

The harm to a pharma firm's pipeline was on the mind of Novartis' main U.S. antitrust lawyer when he recently called for the FTC to stop requiring drug pipeline divestitures unless the products were in the final round of FDA testing, known as Phase 3 ...more »

Citizens, Elected Officials Testify Against Proposal to Expand Probate Court Powers
Geauga Maple LeafApril 29, 2017

Seitz, an antitrust lawyer, served in the Ohio Statehouse with both Grendell and his wife, 11th District Court of Appeal Judge Diane Grendell. He told the Geauga County Maple Leaf last week he did not first discuss or introduce his proposal in any ...more »

UPDATE 3-U.S. appeals court blocks Anthem bid to merge with rival Cigna
Business InsiderApril 29, 2017

"This is a red letter day for consumers," said David Balto, an antitrust lawyer who opposed the deal. In another obstacle, Anthem and Cigna have been at loggerheads for months and are suing each other. Cigna has sought to abandon the merger and force ...more »

Artificial Intelligence Pushes the Antitrust Envelope
Bloomberg BNAApril 28, 2017

Apart from mergers, the methods U.S. antitrust regulators use to assess potential monopolies are not designed to scrutinize large data sets, Herbert Hovenkamp, antitrust law professor at the University of Iowa, told Bloomberg BNA. To be sure, antitrust ...more »

Chairman Pai's plan to fix net neutrality is the right one
The Hill (blog)April 28, 2017

This option is not literally “no regulation.” Net neutrality issues would still be policed by the antitrust agencies, which rely on a case-by-case approach to determine whether a particular practice is anticompetitive. If instances of blocking, paid ...more »

Appeals Court Affirms Decision Blocking Anthem-Cigna Merger -- 2nd Update
Fox BusinessApril 28, 2017

The Justice Department spent a year reviewing the proposed merger before filing an antitrust lawsuit to challenge it. The appeals court was reviewing a judgment by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., who held a month-long trial ...more »

FTC Imposes Conditions on Acquisition of Industrial Valve Manufacturer Pentair (PNR) by Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)
StreetInsider.comApril 28, 2017

based Crane Co. in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Emerson's proposed $3.15 billion acquisition of Pentair would violate federal antitrust law. Emerson and Pentair are manufacturers of industrial valves and control products ...more »

Vote: What's your flavor of capitalism?
Seattle TimesApril 28, 2017

It also provided a strong public sector, with effective regulation, antitrust enforcement and public investments, as well as progressive taxation and robust unions. This was America from 1940 to 1980. • Reaganomics: Tax cuts, especially for the wealthy ...more »

Court denies Anthem's appeal of antitrust ruling against proposed Cigna merger
FierceHealthcareApril 28, 2017

A federal appeals court has denied Anthem's attempt to challenge a judge's ruling that its proposed acquisition of Cigna violates antitrust law. In a 2-1 decision issued Friday, a panel of judges upheld Judge Amy Berman Jackson's decision to enjoin the ...more »

BREAKING: Anthem loses Cigna takeover appeal
Healthcare DiveApril 28, 2017

Anthem and Cigna could soon end their plan to merge. Once it's over, it will be “harder for either Anthem or Cigna to do another deal that involves a combination of another large insurer,” Mitchell Raup, an antitrust attorney from Polsinelli, told ...more »

Appeals Court Affirms Decision Blocking Anthem-Cigna Merger--Update
Fox BusinessApril 28, 2017

The Justice Department spent a year reviewing the proposed merger before filing an antitrust lawsuit to challenge it. The appeals court was reviewing a judgment by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., who held a month-long trial ...more »

US appeals court blocks Anthem bid to merge with rival Cigna
KFGOApril 28, 2017

"This is a red letter day for consumers," said David Balto, an antitrust lawyer who opposed the deal. In another obstacle, Anthem and Cigna have been at loggerheads for months and are suing each other. Cigna has sought to abandon the merger and force ...more »

Chiquita Cartel Case Paves Way for European Evidence Swaps
Bloomberg BNAApril 28, 2017

The court's judgment “will pave the way for future cooperation between authorities at EU and national levels, both antitrust authorities and administrative bodies active in other areas,” the Advocate General said in its opinion on the case. The ...more »

Bill on antitrust - proposing amendments to the current antitrust law
Lexology (registration)April 28, 2017

The Indonesian antitrust bill (the “Bill”) is still being deliberated in the House of Representatives (DPR). The Bill was originally proposed in 2014 in the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas), a program established by the DPR and the Government ...more »

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