Experts Weigh Disney-Fox Antitrust Concerns

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That the Department of Justice is formally contesting AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner could signal an uphill battle for Disney and Fox. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies THR Online

AEG Faces Antitrust Lawsuit over Territorial Restrictions for Coachella Artists

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According to the complaint, artists are contractually prohibited from performing at other West Coast festivals for months after the April event. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

@FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch

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via @FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch. Google Antitrust Investigation Google Whole of Government Capture New EU Antitrust Violations by Google

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Massive EU Antitrust Fine Levied Against Intel

Digital Media Law

Other tech companies facing EU antitrust scrutiny include Google, Cisco, Microsoft and IBM, with the latter two having actually been charged. The size of the fine underscores the dominant role European regulators have adopted in antitrust, an area of law that somewhat faded from the U.S. That quiescence will change under Obama, according to commentators and the new head of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The European Commission has fined Intel 1.06

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@GTP_Updates: White House Kept Close Tabs on FTC Google Antitrust Probe — Artist Rights Watch

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Newly-uncovered emails show the White House was closely tracking the outcome of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust probe of Google, with an official contacting Google’s lobbyist shortly before the agency’s decision to settle the case. White House Internet Advisor R. David Edelman.

Cable TV Subscribers Win Landmark Antitrust Verdict

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A jury decides to punish Cox Communications for tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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WME dragged into Live Nation antitrust case

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By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Does the William Morris Endeavor talent agency hold the key to proving that Live Nation is guilty of an antitrust conspiracy? Tags: Antitrust Contracts & Riders Dealmaking Litigation Music Representation One company thinks so. My Ampitheater Inc., is asking a California judge to compel WME.

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes Defends AT&T Merger at Antitrust Trial

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"It moves us in the direction of competing with Google and Facebook," says Bewkes. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online Jeff Bewkes Time Warner

Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit

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The legal action follows one that Landmark itself brought last year against Regal. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

@KatHall42: Google [FINALLY] hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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According to Kat Hall’s insightful reporting in The Register : Google has been hit with a record antitrust fine of €2.42bn (£2.1bn) from the European Union today for promoting its own shopping search service over those of smaller rivals.

@scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

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T]his transaction review is the first genuine opportunity and powerful legal process for those alleging anti-competitive harm by Amazon to have antitrust authorities’ full ear in a confidential process where warranted. via @scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

@fooyunchee @auchard: Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine — Artist Rights Watch

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billion) fine EU antitrust regulators have leveled against Google, the internet giant is likely to be shackled for years by Tuesday’s precedent-setting decision defining the company as a monopoly. Beyond a headline-grabbing 2.4 billion euro ($2.7

Apple Loses Appeal Over Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor

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Michael Bromwich raised hackles at Apple after being tasked to watch for antitrust abuse. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

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Redbox can pursue antitrust claims against Universal

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By Eriq Gardner A federal judge in Delaware has allowed Redbox to pursue antitrust claims against Universal Studios Home Entertainment for limiting the ways that distributors can give the studio's DVDs to Redbox for low-cost rentals. Tags: Antitrust Decisions Roundup Litigation

Lex Machina Adds Third Practice Area to its Legal Analytics: Antitrust

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The legal analytics company Lex Machina is announcing today its expansion into a third practice area, antitrust law. The post Lex Machina Adds Third Practice Area to its Legal Analytics: Antitrust appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. This is a screencap taking during a demo I was given last week by Brian Howard, Lex Machina’s legal data scientist. This follows its expansion in July to add securities law. Until its acquisition last year by […].

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

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Hesse was appointed to oversee the sections of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and was recently appointed to oversee the entire Antitrust Division. Section Chief, Antitrust Division. Said to Waver on Antitrust Case Against Google ”.

Irving Azoff Song Licensing Outfit Gains Edge in Antitrust Battle With Radio Stations

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A magistrate judge potentially deals a blow to some 10,000 radio stations fighting licensing demands over songs by Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Bruno Mars, among other superstars. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

RMLC Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against GMR And Seeks to Enjoin New Music License Fees on Radio Stations

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RMLC , the organization that represents most commercial radio stations in the US in negotiating music license agreements for the public performance of musical compositions, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against GMR (Global Music Rights ). As we have written before, the issue of fractional licensing is the one issue that the Department of Justice did address in its review of the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees (see our articles here and here ).

@scleland: What EU-Google Advertising Antitrust Charges Mean for the Obama Federal Trade Commission — Artist Rights Watch

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Scott Cleland tells us why the EU’s expected new search-advertising case — which focuses on how Google has long contractually required websites to use Google’s search advertising if they use Google search — could be the hardest EU-Google antitrust case for the FTC to ignore. via @scleland: What EU-Google Advertising Antitrust Charges Mean for the Obama Federal Trade Commission — Artist Rights Watch. Google Antitrust Investigation

Fox court papers outline defense against Redbox antitrust lawsuit

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By Eriq Gardner Twentieth Century Fox wants a Delaware District Court to dismiss an antitrust complaint filed last year by cut-rate DVD rental outlet Redbox. Tags: Antitrust Copyright Litigation Last August, Redbox sued Fox for refusing to allow wholesalers to provide the studio's DVDs.

Fox court papers outline defense against Redbox antitrust lawsuit

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By Eriq Gardner Twentieth Century Fox wants a Delaware District Court to dismiss an antitrust complaint filed last year by cut-rate DVD rental outlet Redbox. Tags: Antitrust Copyright Litigation Last August, Redbox sued Fox for refusing to allow wholesalers to provide the studio's DVDs.

Netflix Antitrust Lawsuit Tossed By Judge

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Eriq Gardner Class action plaintiffs won't be able to pursue allegations that Netflix violated antitrust laws by making an agreement with Walmart. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business Netflix

@andreworlowski: Google had Obama’s ear on antitrust probe — Artist Rights Watch

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According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House on an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President’s office staying out of competition issues.

Appeals Court Declines to Revive Antitrust Suit Against Big Talent Agencies

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With respect to packaging fees, the 9th Circuit sees only allegations of parallel conduct and using a lawful trade organization. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Major League Baseball Scores Antitrust Victory at Appeals Court

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A ruling by the 9th Circuit pertaining to MLB''s antitrust exemption could be good news for professional baseball and its broadcast partners read more.

Justice Department Settles Antitrust Lawsuit Against AT&T, DirecTV

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A consent judgment with restrictions on the sharing of information is being proposed that will undergo review in a 60-day comment period. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

TV Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Rights Deals

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Plaintiffs say that CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN are harming competition in the pro-football marketplace. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online CBS DirecTV ESPN NBC NFL Sports

AT&T Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over "Exorbitant" Price Being Charged for Sports Network

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En-Touch Systems flags AT&T's use of a most favored nation clause in a deal with its subsidiary as allegedly restraining competition. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

The BCS and Antitrust Law

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In a press release on January 7, Utah’s Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff , stated that he’ll “be meeting soon with lawyers and investigators to discuss whether the BCS is violating any antitrust laws.&#

Viacom Can't Escape Cablevision's Antitrust Lawsuit

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The judge, though, won''t yet void a carriage deal between the two companies. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Cablevision Television Viacom Business

Cobb Theatres Argues Jury Should Decide Antitrust Case Against AMC

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A judge will examine whether there's enough evidence for a trial. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

#howgoogleworks: Why did the Federal Trade Commission ignore staff recommendations to prosecute Google for antitrust violations?

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After heaping loads of sanctimony from Google and its shills against the scrappy populist Hood, all based on stolen documents presented to a federal judge, Google has pretty successfully deflected attention away from Hood’s antitrust case against the company.

NFL's $12 Billion Deal With DirecTV Faces Major Antitrust Lawsuit

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A class action proposes to represent bars and restaurants who pay for broadcasts of out-of-market football games. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

DirecTV's "NFL Sunday Ticket" Is Subject of Antitrust Lawsuit

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The class action follows similar cases over MLB and NHL telecast restrictions. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Live Nation Gets Appellate Victory in Antitrust Dispute

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"Big is not necessarily bad," writes the 4th Circuit in a case that examined whether the concert giant coerced performing artists. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Radio Music License Committee Settles Antitrust Suit Against SESAC – What Does it Mean for the Radio Industry?

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Yesterday, it was announced that the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) settled its lawsuit with SESAC (see the press release here , and the full agreement here ), where the RMLC had charged that SESAC’s practices in collecting its music royalties from the radio industry violated the antitrust laws (we wrote about the filing of the lawsuit here ).

Comcast Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Ad Sales

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Viamedia says it has been excluded from interconnects that put geographic-based advertising on pay-tv networks. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Viacom, Cablevision Settle Antitrust Lawsuit Over Channel Bundling

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Cablevision alleged that the owner of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central tied these "must-have networks" with lesser ones. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Time Warner Cable Gets Appellate Victory in Antitrust Case

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The industry has been on the defensive about the expensive set-top boxes that customers rent in order to receive cable television services. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

@edchristman: Commercial Radio Group Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights — Artist Rights Watch

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With ASCAP and BMI still under unaltered consent decrees and SESAC agreeing to rate-setting arbitration in a 2015 settlement, the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) is going for the grand slam with an antitrust lawsuit against boutique performance rights organization Global Music Rights. via @edchristman: Commercial Radio Group Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights — Artist Rights Watch.