David McLaughlin

Comcast Gets Notice That NBC Antitrust Scrutiny Will Persist

Antitrust restrictions placed on Comcast after its takeover of NBCUniversal are due to expire in a few days. But that doesn’t mean the Justice Department is done scrutinizing the company.

Amazon Antitrust Critic Lina Khan Joins FTC as Agency Sets Sights on Tech

Lina Khan, a prominent critic of Amazon’s business practices, is joining the office of Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra as the agency prepares to increase antitrust scrutiny of technology firms.

Disney Is Near US Antitrust Approval on Fox in a Blow to Comcast

Apparently, Walt Disney Co. is close to winning US antitrust approval for its $71 billion deal for 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets, creating a potentially insurmountable hurdle for a rival bid from Comcast.

Antitrust Chief Makan Delrahim Discusses Sprint, Doesn't Close Door on Deal

Justice Department Antitrust Chief Makan Delrahim, who is leading a review of the proposed $26.5 billion merger of T-Mobile US with Sprint, says the elimination of one major competitor in wireless service isn’t necessarily a deal killer.

Chairman Pai sees expanded role for FTC, Critics say FTC can’t react quickly, has limited role

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut Obama-era net neutrality rules calls for handing off the job of policing broadband service to an agency with different powers and a different mandate.

AT&T Ready to Probe the White House’s Role in Time Warner Deal

Apparently, AT&T will try to dig into whether the White House influenced the Justice Department’s review of the company’s planned takeover of Time Warner if the government sues to block the deal.  In the event of a trial over the $85.4 billion

Amazon Walks Line as Prices Keep Antitrust Cops at Bay

Amazon’s treatment of customers means more to US antitrust authorities than how the largest Web retailer pressures publishers and movie studios.

Disney, CBS Queried by US in Comcast Merger

Apparently, the Justice Department has reached out to Walt Disney, Discovery Communications and CBS as it investigates whether the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is anticompetitive.

Comcast-Time Warner Review Won’t Be Led by Antitrust Head

Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable won’t be reviewed by the head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, Bill Baer, who is recused on the matter, the Department of Justice said.