Antitrust & Trade Regulation

Bob Connolly  The Antitrust Division, in conjunction with US Attorneys’ Offices, the FBI, and various government agencies’ Inspector General’s Offices, announces that they have launched a strike force to help uncover bidding collusion on government contracts. The quote below is from the press release Justice Department Announces Procurement Collusion Strike Force: a Coordinated National Response to Combat Antitrust Crimes and Related Schemes in Government Procurement, Grant and Program Funding:. Prosecutors from the Antitrust Division and…
A petition for review is before the Supreme Court filed by three California real estate investors who were convicted after trial under Section 1 of the Sherman Act for bid rigging at real estate foreclosure auctions.  The defendants preserved their objection that the application of the per se rule was unconstitutional because it took an element of the offense [was the agreement in restraint of trade?] away from the jury once the court decided the…
I moved to California a few years ago and I have loved living here.  I also became active in the California Lawyers Association and particularly, the Antitrust, Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and Privacy section.  It’s a great group of people and very diverse along practice areas, levels of experience and interests.  The Section puts out some great work product including an event I’d like to recommend. The Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section is hosting the…
In hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp., No. 17-16783, 2019 WL 4251889 (9th Cir. Sept. 9, 2019), a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in favor of hiQ, which prohibited LinkedIn from denying access to publicly available data on LinkedIn profiles. The Ninth Circuit declares that selectively banning potential competitors from accessing and using public data “may well be considered unfair competition under California law.” This decision that could…
On September 17, 2019 Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.  Mr. Delrahim’s prepared statement is here.  During his testimony there was an interesting exchange between Senator Grassley and Mr. Delrahim relating to whistleblowing and antitrust violations.   Senator Grassley asked Mr. Delrahim if he supports Senator Grassley’s proposed Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act .  Mr. Delrahim said he did.  I may have missed it,…