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July 13, 2016, Covington Alert
Yesterday, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it has settled its lawsuit against ValueAct Capital Management L.P. (“ValueAct”) for violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”). The settlement is noteworthy for two principal reasons: (i) the size of the civil penalty ($11 million); and (ii) the scope of the injunctive relief, which may signal an increasingly restrictive approach to the availability of the “investment-only” HSR exemption for certain investment firms.
December 21, 2016, Law360
Law360 selected Derek Ludwin as a 2016 Sports MVP and profiled his work over the past year, including his defense of the U.S. Olympic Committee against an antitrust challenge to its longtime ban on on-field advertising brought by Olympic runner Nick Symmonds through his company, Run Gum. “This is an organization that a lot of us grew up following. It’s the ...
May 4, 2016, Bloomberg
Deborah Garza is quoted in this Bloomberg article discussing the Justice Department’s recent merger investigations under Bill Baer. According to Garza, "The Justice Department is increasingly adopting the Nancy Reagan slogan: ‘Just say no.’"
April 13, 2016, National Defense
Scott Freling is quoted in this National Defense article exploring the DOJ and FTC joint statement on preserving competition in the defense industry. According to Freling, the interagency truce should “provide some comfort” to defense contractors that mergers and acquisitions can go forward, albeit “under the right circumstances.”
Brown adds, the statement ...