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Ohio AG Sues to Declare Google a Public Utility

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against Google LLC (“Google”), seeking a legal declaration that the tech giant’s search engine qualifies as a common carrier and/or public utility under Ohio common law, which would subject the company to a heightened duty to provide its competitors equal access to its search engine infrastructure and…

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FTC Aims to Block Consolidation in the Cement Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed an administrative complaint and authorized a suit in federal court to block the acquisition of cement producer Keystone Cement Company (“Keystone”) by rival cement producer Lehigh Cement Company LLC (“Lehigh”) over allegations that the deal would harm regional competition in cement, a key ingredient for concrete production, in violation of the FTC Act and the Clayton Act.

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FTC Requires Divestiture in $1.7 Billion Wine and Spirits Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved a final order requiring wine and spirits maker E. &. J. Gallo Winery (“Gallo”) to divest certain assets and remove certain other assets from its proposed asset purchase agreement with Constellation Brands, Inc. to resolve allegations that the agreement would harm competition for certain types of wines and spirits in violation of the FTC Act and the Clayton Act.

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Attorneys General Testify in House Hearing on Big Tech and Competition

On March 18, 2021, Colorado AG Phil Weiser and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson testified before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law of the House’s Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing titled “Reviving Competition, Part 3: Strengthening the Laws to Address Monopoly Power.” The Subcommittee’s focus in this series of hearings is the…

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