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Roche to complete $4.3 billion Spark deal as regulators give all clear

17 Dec 2019

ZURICH/WASHINGTON Swiss drugmaker Roche plans to complete its $4.3 billion (3.35 billion pounds) takeover of gene therapy specialist Spark Therapeutics on Tuesday after U.S. and British authorities ruled the deal would not hurt competition in hemophilia A treatment.

Trial begins in U.S. states' effort to block T-Mobile/Sprint deal

09 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 U.S. state attorneys general, led by New York and California, deliver opening arguments Monday in a bid to stop T-Mobile U.S. from buying Sprint Corp in a trial that highlights disagreements between federal antitrust enforcers, who are Republican, and Democrats in powerful states.

Republican privacy bill would set U.S. rules, pre-empt California: senator

03 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON A draft consumer privacy bill written by Republican U.S. Senator Roger Wicker's staff would set nationwide rules for handling of personal information online and elsewhere and override state laws, including one in California set to take effect next year.

Judge rejects U.S. move to disqualify states' lawyer in T-Mobile/Sprint lawsuit

21 Nov 2019

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON A federal judge on Thursday rejected a U.S. government effort to disqualify a lawyer arguing for 15 states and the District of Columbia in their effort to block T-Mobile US Inc's planned $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint Corp .

Justice Department asks court to scrap decades-old 'Paramount' antitrust decrees

18 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it would ask a court to scrap decades-old 'Paramount' consent decrees enacted to protect movie theaters from powerful studios.

Key antitrust lawmaker frustrated with Google's Fitbit deal

14 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Lawmakers pressed top U.S. antitrust enforcers on their probes of tech giants Alphabet's Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple on Wednesday, with the chair of a House subcommittee expressing frustration over the companies' continued acquisitions.

U.S. Army should assess security risks of using TikTok for recruitment: Sen. Schumer

12 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Tuesday released a letter he wrote to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy raising concerns about the U.S. military's use of the China-owned TikTok social media platform for recruiting American teenagers.

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