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The Children of Sputnik

A few weeks ago, according to this news story , Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked Federal regulators to block the proposed merger between satellite radio companies XM and Sirius. In doing so he became the newest voice to join the already crowded chorus decrying this merger as a...

Revised Horizontal Merger Guidelines

The FTC and the DOJ's Antitrust Division have just released their draft revised horizontal merger guidelines for public comment. The draft is available on the joint FTC/DOJ webpage . These revised guidelines are the result of a series of workshops that the FTC and DOJ conducted in the Fall and...

Stolt-Nielsen v. AnimalFeeds: U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Class Arbitration Cannot be Imposed on Parties Whose Agreements Are Silent on the Issue

by Lewis S. Wiener, Gail L. Westover, Brendan Ballard, and Wilson G. Barmeyer In a 5-3 majority decision issued on April 27, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Stolt-Nielsen, S.A. v. AnimalFeeds Int'l Corp. , No. 08-1198 ( See Mealey's News item on this case ), that...

Federal Agencies Announce Revised Horizontal Merger Guidelines

On April 20, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") and the Department of Justice ("DOJ") (collectively the "Agencies") released a proposed updated version of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines ("Guidelines"). The Guidelines are a set of internal rules that...