Antitrust law reporter @mlexclusive. Previously: EU competition law in Brussels; markets/treasury at @WSJ, @DowJones in Mumbai | vasant@mlex.com

Washington, DC
Joined May 2020
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Federal judges in the Northern District of California, which hear lion's share of US tech legal disputes, are fed up w/companies' demands for secrecy in US court #litigation, @Siliconlaw and I report exclusively in interviewing the NDCal's chief judge bit.ly/3JJB0bq
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The @USChamber is going to war with @FTC under Biden, putting accusing the agency under @linakhanFTC of #regulatory overreach, s/a zombie votes and warning 1,800 businesses they'd face penalties for violating the law. uschamber.com/major-initiati…
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Instead of closing arguments, we have a settlement in the #capacitors trial after Nippon Chemi-Con settles capacitors lawsuit following overnight negotiations, ending San Francisco #antitrust trial. content.mlex.com/#/content/1…
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I'm beyond thrilled to share that I've taken on a new role with the @FTC! I'll be serving as deputy director of the Bureau of Competition, helping to enforce U.S. antitrust laws. Exciting days ahead!
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First, broad bid by @Meta to keep comms by Zuck and Sheryl Sandberg sealed gets dunked by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley as overly broad in #privacy #litigation over #Facebook #platform data sharing. Special master ruled last month Zuck and Sheryl comms were relevant to case.
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Busy week ahead for @vestager in Washington. Meetings with @JusticeATR chief Jonathan Kanter, @FTC chair @linakhanFTC, Commerce’s @SecRaimondo, @SenAmyKlobuchar. #antitrust #Competition
The Justice Department is pleased to welcome @vestager ahead of tomorrow’s EU-US Joint Technology Dialogue @JusticeATR @eucommission
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The DOJ and Colorado-led multistate group’s US search monopoly case against @Google is now bifurcated into two trials. @JusticeATR #antitrust
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Because I can never get too much of the #Metaverse I'm talking about #computervision on this week's @mlexclusive podcast, chatting abt litigation filed by a Lithuanian home design co that claims @Meta & @Princeton- illegally scraped their data. Also catch @JakubKrupa on UK UAVs!
In today's podcast, Facebook’s clash points to metaverse; and the UK’s automated-car challenge Listen now:bit.ly/3IsMcsv by @JamesPanichi @Swiftstories @JakubKrupa #dataprivacy #futuremobility
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A bill titled "FTC Integrity Act" will stop "ghost" votes cast by Commissioners who've left the @FTC from being counted. The bill applies retroactively to any vote cast on or after Jan. 1, 2021. Seven Republican Senators of Commerce Committee are backing this. #FTC #antitrust
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The nomination of @GigiBSohnFCC is also drawing GOP opposition for @FCC with @SenatorWicker saying he's concerned about her "hyper-partisan views" on #NetNeutrality "The person who fills the 5th seat on the FCC should be committed to promoting a cooperative environment."
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Bedoya's nomination ends in tie vote 14-14 along party lines that will be reported to the full Senate.
But @SenatorWicker won't support @alvarombedoya saying "there has been a troubling trend" of politicization at @FTC which Bedoya would worse.
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.@SenatorCantwell introduces Commerce Committee exec session vote on @alvarombedoya for an @FTC seat, saying he has "the expertise in privacy the commission needs at this critical moment." #FTC
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"Let me be clear. This trial is going to happen in September 2023. That is going to happen by hook or by crook," judge Mehta says after hearing both #Google and #DOJ's request to extend discovery deadlines in search case. Judge also bifurcates trial into liabilities & remedies.
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"A bifurcated trial certainly means we are going to be together for a long time," Mehta says. #Google #antitrust @JusticeATR
US DOJ, Google and judge Mehta discussing the parties request to bifurcate the search #monopolization trial into liability, remedy portions. Judge wants to wait 30-60 days before deciding on request. Quips that his initial reaction was not to be presiding over this suit in 2025.
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US DOJ, Google and judge Mehta discussing the parties request to bifurcate the search #monopolization trial into liability, remedy portions. Judge wants to wait 30-60 days before deciding on request. Quips that his initial reaction was not to be presiding over this suit in 2025.
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In DOJ v Google #monopolization suit, disagreements over discovery are so routine. Google says @JusticeATR asks for too much data (from 2005 thru present) on search business, verticals. DOJ says it "can't see any reason why [Google] can't put people in chairs [for depositions]".
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