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United States of America … v. Aetna, Inc. and Humana Inc.

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Health Insurance,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/877881/download

Text of the law suit filed by the Justice Department and eleven states including Virginia against the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana, the third and fifth largest health insurers in the U.S.  From the Justice Department

 

United States of America … v. Anthem, Inc, and Cigna Corp

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Health Insurance,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/877886/download

Text of the law suit filed by the Justice Department and eleven states including Virginia against the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna, the 2nd and 4th largest health insurers in the U.S.  From the Justice Department

 

Justice Department and State Attorneys General Sue to Block Anthem’s Acquisition of Cigna, Aetna’s Acquisition of Humana

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Health Insurance,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-and-state-attorneys-general-sue-block-anthem-s-acquisition-cigna-aetna-s

Press release on the reasons why the U.S. Justice Department is attempting to block two proposed health insurance mergers.  Eleven states including Virginia are suing in the Federal District Court for the DC Circuit to prevent the mergers from reducing from five to three the number of national health insurers in the nation. From the Justice Department

Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/page/files/20160414_cea_competition_issue_brief.pdf

Describes ways in which competition between business firms can create benefits for consumers and the economy and how those benefits are threatened when competition is impaired by business or government action.  Part of the Obama Administration’s initiative against anti-competitive behavior.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Antitrust Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Google on Comparison Shopping Service

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Antitrust/Monopoly,European Union,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4781_en.htm

Press release with links to documents related to European Commission antitrust investigation of Google for allegedly abusing its position as the dominant search engine in the European Union.  From the European Commission

 

Proposed Divestiture Study

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/federal_register_notices/2015/01/1501hsrdivestiturefrn.pdf

Announces the intention of the Federal Trade Commission to undertake a study of the effectiveness of agency antitrust activity where mergers have been permitted but divestitures required. Invites public comments about the proposed action.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/reports/documents/competitionamongusbroadbandserviceproviders.pdf

Examines the array of choices for home Internet service, their varying speeds, and the minimal speed needed for various applications.  From the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Network Neutrality Revisited: Challenges and Responses in the EU and in the US

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,European Union,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2014/518751/IPOL_STU%282014%29518751_EN.pdf

Provides background on the debate over network neutrality including its technological, economic, and public policy aspects, and implications for European public policy.  Also includes a comparison between the debate and policy positions in the U.S. and Europe.  From the European Parliament Think Tank

 

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