DBM in the News
September 19, 2017
Walgreens Gets Nod From Regulators to Buy Rite Aid Stores
Nasdaq- Andre Barlow noted that Rite Aid was a smaller, No. 3 behind two behemoths adding that a smaller chain does not have the same leverage as a larger chain and there is a legitimate argument that Rite Aid was not an effective competitor to the acquisition.
July 20, 2017
Failed DraftKings, Walgreens Deals Show No Trump Effect at FTC
Bloomberg-Andre Barlow chimed in on whether there has been a decrease in merger enforcement with the Trump administration. He noted that "with a Republican administration, there are often concerns that you might not see active enforcement, but we haven't seen any evidence of that so far under Trump, what we're seeing is business as usual."
July 6, 2017
BNA-Andre Barlow commented on the new replacement and the fact that Tad Lipsky's job was temporary.
June 30, 2017
Staples Acquisition Could Open Door for Office Depot Deal With Amazon
The Street-Andre Barlow explained that Amazon Business was a new entrant when the FTC argued that it was not a competitive threat to Staples and Office Depot.
June 14, 2017
Slow Merger Reviews Cause Headaches for Companies
Bloomberg- Andre Barlow explained that the FTC's new initiatives are designed to speed up merger reviews while retaining the ability to conduct a thorough review. "Time will tell whether there is any real reduction in burden for merger reviews, and whether the FTC staff adheres to the initiatives, by beginning the process, however, the FTC is indicating that there are some issues with the current system." He added, the goal is likely to implement modest changes that will make the FTC more business friendly, while also allowing staff to retain its ability to collect sufficient information and conduct adequate reviews.
June 7, 2017
Consumer Groups Weigh In On $100B InBev, SABMiller Deal
Law 360- Andre Barlow said that simple structural remedies such as divestitures have shown in the past to not be effective at restoring competition. He added that "the bottom line is the settlement agreement needs to be strengthened to keep beer distribution open and independent to protect consumer choice."
May 11, 2017
U.S. Craft Brewers Cut Out of South African Hop Supply
Brewbound- Andre Barlow commented on ABI's decision to stop supplying South African hops to U.S. craft brewers. He said that moves like this are "one of the repercussions from allowing the two largest global beer manufacturers to merge. They made a business decision not to supply them to these craft brewers in the United States, and clearly they have the incentive and the ability in this case to impact these craft brewers by withholding their product. That's a huge concern from a consumer standpoint as well."
February 14, 2017
Aetna Humana Cancel $34 Billion Deal After Court Ruling
Reuters - Andre Barlow said it was still unclear how the new administration's antitrust team would review health insurance mergers going forward. "President Trump has demonstrated that he likes to give his take on big ticket items. Health insurers may need to take his temperature before jumping in."
November 3, 2016
Undeterred by DOJ Scrutinies, A-B Snatches Another Craft Brewery
Brewbound - Andre Barlow discussed the DOJ's Consent Decree's Impact on ABI's ability to acquire craft brewers.
November 2, 2016
Businesses May Crave Mergers, But the Next President Probably Won't
Chicago Crain's Business - Andre Barlow commented on the antitrust differences between Presidential candidates Clinton and Trump.
November 2, 2016
Fantasy Rivals Set for Merger Bet
Boston Herald - Andre Barlow commented that there is always antitrust scrutiny of a merger between the top two rivals when combined they would have 90% of the market.
October 27, 2016
With AT&T Time Warner Deal Antitrust Cops Should Emulate FCC
San Francisco Chronicle - Andre Barlow said that the antitrust framework is clear and that the Antitrust Division believes vertical transactions are generally procompetitive.
October 24, 2016
How AT&T's $85B Time Warner Deal Could Pass Regulatory Scrutiny
Law.com Andre Barlow was quoted saying that politics should not impact the DOJ lawyers' antitrust review of AT&T/Time Warner.
October 23, 2016
AT&T's $85B US bid for Time Warner sparks antitrust fears in Washington
Reuters - Andre Barlow said that the deal is a smaller version of the Comcast/NBCU deal but it raises the same types of concerns.
October 21, 2016
AT&T Agrees in Principle to Buy Time Warner
Fortune - Andre Barlow noted that the government may be concerned about whether other cable and internet companies would continue to have access to Time Warner content like HBO and CNN.
October 10, 2016
UnitedHealthcare A Player in Insurance Merger Lawsuits
Hartford Courant - Andre Barlow said that the health insurers face an uphill battle against the DOJ's Antitrust Division.
July 25, 2016
Beating Budweiser at its Own Game is Just the Beginning for Craft Beer
Market Watch - Andre Barlow commented on the DOJ's settlement agreement with ABI saying that "the DOJ demonstrated that it is indeed the tough merger cop by forcing ABI to provide more concessions" than simply relying on a structural remedy. "It was vital for the DOJ to prohibit ABI from instituting and continuing practices and distributor-incentive programs that limit the ability and incentives of independent beer distributors to sell and promote craft and import beers, and this settlement does just that, so this is a huge win."
June 16, 2016
An Antitrust Ruling that Dealmakers Should Love
Crain's Chicago Business - Andre Barlow was quoted as saying that the FTC's loss of a merger trial confirms the FTC can't block any merger it dislikes. "Merging parties have their day in court and if they have a strong case, they can win."
June 13, 2016
Daily fantasy sports firms FanDuel, DraftKings in merger talks
Reuters - Andre Barlow said that the combination of two of the market leaders would attract antitrust scrutiny.
June 1, 2016
U.S. Is Close to Approving AB InBev-SABMiller Deal
Bloomberg - Andre Barlow commented on how ABI's strategy of offering a structural remedy to resolve antitrust concerns sped up the antitrust review of its acquisition of SAB.
May 25, 2016
US Officials Investigating King of Beers
Fortune - Andre Barlow said that ABI has the power to limit distributors' ability to distribute craft brews.
May 20, 2016
Bayer's Bid for Monsanto Faces Hurdles
The Wall Street Journal - Andre Barlow discussed how three mergers within an industry at the same time complicates the merger reviews.
May 11, 2016
How Staples Misplaced its Merger Hand
The Street - Andre Barlow was quoted on how Staples' strategy to not put on a defense at trial was risky because it limited the merging parties' opportunity to defend the deal.
April 5, 2016
Staples Merger Hearing Ends With Judge Urging Accord
Bloomberg - Andre Barlow was quoted about Staples' strategy of not putting on a defense.
April 5, 2016
Staples Doesn't Call a Single Witness At Trial
New York Post - Andre Barlow was quoted about how unusual it is for a defendant in antitrust case to not put on a defense.
April 4, 2016
Alaska Air Virgin Face Bumpy Ride
Law 360 - Andre Barlow was quoted about how the Antitrust Division is concerned about consolidation in the airline industry.
March 25, 2016
Tribune's Ferro Needs a New Growth Strategy
Crain's Chicago Business - Andre Barlow was quoted about the DOJ's interest in blocking anticompetitive newspaper mergers.
December 15, 2015
Record Merger Boom Fuels Obama Trustbuster Scrutiny
Investor Daily - Andre Barlow quoted saying that an agency such as the DOJ is enforcement-minded and has to look into its crystal ball to see how the merger may affect industries and consumers in the future. He added that the issues are more complicated and that the agencies have to take their time to thoroughly vet the proposed remedies.
December 9, 2015
Will the Feds Try to Kill the Walgreens-Rite Aid Deal Next?
Crain's Chicago Business - Andre Barlow was quoted regarding how the high combined market share will attract the FTC's attention and how the FTC normally evaluates pharmacy retail deals.
November 13, 2015
Anheuser Busch InBev Doesn't Really Care for the Taste of Miller
Market Watch - Andre Barlow discussed how the Antitrust Division will give the deal a tough look despite the fix it first remedy proposal.
September 28, 2015
Staples Buyout of Office Depot Hinges on FTC Approval
The Street - Andre Barlow was quoted about the FTC's investigation of Staples.
September 25, 2015
Google Faces American Antitrust Scrutiny Over Android
Newsweek - Andre Barlow was quoted regarding the FTC's interest in investigating Android.
September 25, 2015
FTC Opens Preliminary Investigation into Google's Unfair Android Demands
The Daily Mail - Andre Barlow was quoted regarding FTC's investigation of Google.
July 10, 2015
US Regulators Are Lining Up to Put Aetna’s Multi-Billion Humana Deal Under the Microscope.
Business Insider – Andre Barlow was quoted stating the antitrust division has the final decision on the competitive analysis, but will take into account the states’ information in this article.
July 6, 2015
Aetna Agrees To Buy Humana For $341 Billion
Fox Business – Andre Barlow was quoted in this fox article voicing that the Justice Department will scrutinize deals city-by-city to see if the combination would have a monopoly in any metropolitan area.
July 3, 2015
Aetna To Buy Humana For $37 Billion In Cash And Stock
Huffington Post – Andre Barlow was quoted mentioning the possible future actions taken by the Justice Department regarding the Aetna case in this article.
June 24, 2015
Sysco merger with US Foods stopped due to antitrust concerns
Market Place – Andre Barlow was interviewed on radio broadcast and quoted speaking about reasons why this merger was not carried through.
June 23, 2015
U.S. judge grants FTC request to block Sysco merger with US Foods
Reuters – Andre Barlow was quoted in this article asserting that he believed the Sysco merger was likely to be scrapped in the near future.
June 22, 2015
Anthem confident, but experts see antitrust hurdles to Cigna deal
Reuters – In this article, Andre Barlow was quoted discussing the danger of having 3 or fewer competitors in this field in one county.
June 10, 2015
Is Apple Music the ebooks antitrust case all over again?
Fortune – Andre Barlow was quoted vocalizing that there is nothing illegal with Apple coming out with a paid subscription service and Apple having independent agreements is fine.
May 29, 2015
Humana Explores Sale
CNBC – Andre Barlow was quoted observing that the Justice Department is going to scrutinize any deal coming out of these talks city-by-city.
May 21, 2015
Poultry Grower Sues Pilgrims Pride JBS
Mike Callicrate -In this press release, Keith Lively is representing a poultry grower in a lawsuit for compensation for Pilgrim’s wrongful, intentional, malicious, and unlawful acts.
May 19, 2015
Poultry Company Sues Pilgrim’s Pride for Breach of Contract
WVRecord – Keith Lively represents the subject of this article M&M who is is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
May 8, 2015
Monsanto Set to Press Ahead With Syngenta Takeover Plan
Reuters – Andre Barlow is quoted talking about the concentration of the seed growing industry.
February 12, 2015
Online Travel Agency Expedia to Buy Rival Orbitz
Reuters – Andre Barlow is quoted explaining the lack of entry barriers in the Expedia case.
December 24, 2014
Sysco US Foods Must Narrow Gap With Rival To Clear Merger
Reuters – Andre Barlow is quoted in this article questioning the discrepancies in SKU’s in this merger.
December 10, 2014
Apple Faces Harsh Terms in Its E-Book Defense
Bloomberg – In this article Andre Barlow is quoted talking about a monitor’s duties in regards to antitrust.
November 18, 2014
Halliburton Bid for Baker Hughes Faces Antitrust Storm
Gulf News – In this article Andre Barlow speaks about how the Justice Department could conclude that the companies are big and sophisticated enough to not need government protection.
November 17, 2014
Halliburton Baker Hughes Tough Experts Predict
The Guardian – In this article Andre Barlow is quoted speaking about how, in the past, the DOJ has considered buyer power and the sophistication of the buyers with regards to this particular industry.
October 29, 2014
Antitrust regulators face clashing missions in U.S. cigarette deal.
Reuters – Andre Barlow is quoted pointing out that regulators have been willing to fight various alcohol mergers that have had the potential to raise prices.
October 6, 2014
Climate Change Hits Close to Home for Small Family Farmers
Huffington Post – Andre Barlow and Keith Lively are pictured, along with others, during a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will enable the EPA to learn more about environmental issues that are most important to the National Black Farmers Association.
September 18, 2014
InBev faces antitrust hurdle if it goes after SABMiller
Market Watch – Andre Barlow is referenced in this article giving his opinion on what would happen if Anheuser- InBev acquires SABMiller.
July 24, 2014
Merger of papermakers may be OK’d despite antitrust concerns
Reuters – In this article Andrew Barlow was quoted arguing that there is a concentration level risk in Verso Paper Corp’s plan to buy NewPage Corp but that there is also reasons why the merge could be approved.
July 17, 2014
CNBC Media Money: Media Enters the Age of Consolidation Squawk Box
CNBC – Andre Barlow shares insight on emerging antitrust issues as consolidation efforts seep through the media sector.
July 15, 2014
UPDATE 6-Reynolds gains in menthol, gives up e-cigarette brand
Reuters – Andre Barlow was quoted in this article speaking on the antitrust scrutiny that Reynold American Inc’s proposed acquisition of Lorillard Inc faces.
July 14, 2014
Andre Barlow Joins AAI Advisory Board
American Antitrust Institute – This article highlights the fact that Andre Barlow, who has had years of experience with antitrust enforcement matters, has joined the American Antitrust Institute Advisory Board.
June 17, 2014
Apple caves in ebooks fight: what the big settlement means for you
CNBC – Andre Barlow was quoted in this article which addresses Apple’s legal battle over its e-book pricing and the settlement the company has agreed to.
May 12, 2014
Doyle, Barlow & Mazard Sues Law Firm Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton And Lawyer Dennis M. Gingold For $8 million For Non Payment On Behalf Of National Black Farmers Association President John W. Boyd, Jr.
PR Newswire – In this news release, Andre Barlow represents John W. Boyd, Jr. in a lawsuit seeking compensation for the time, effort and resources Mr. Boyd expended on the behalf of Washington DC law firm Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP lawyer Dennis M. Gingold.
December 25, 2013
In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration
Reuters – Robert Doyle was referenced stating how the potential Comcast/Time Warner merging could avoid antitrust speculations.
December 10, 2013
Sysco US Foods May Face Tough Antitrust Review
Under Current News – In this article Robert Doyle argued that the combined merger of Sysco and US Foods would be problematic.
December 10, 2013
Apple Faces Harsh Terms in its ebook Defense
Business Week – Andre Barlow was cited stating what the role of a monitor should be in an antitrust merger case, specifically looking at Michael Bromwich who was appointed to oversee Apple’s compliance with a series of antitrust matters.
December 10, 2013
The Persecution of Apple: Is the ebook investigation out of control?
Gigaom Research – Andre Barlow is quoted again in this article giving his perspective on U.S. District Judge Denise Cote’s handling of the alleged Apple e-book conspiracy.
November 29, 2013
Hertz Fix in Dollar Thrifty Deal Fails as Insider Warned
Bloomberg – In this article Robert Doyle represented client, Sandy Miller, whose argument was ignored in FTC’s consideration of the Hertz/Dollar Thrifty merger agreement.
August 13, 2013
Why is the Obama Administration Trying to Stop the American U.S. Airways Merger?
Business Week – Robert Doyle analyzed why the American-US Airways merger was blocked by the Department of Justice.
June 27, 2013
Justice Department Probing US Airways Merger
Reuters – In this article Robert Doyle assessed the Justice Department decision to take sworn testimony in the form of depositions when it came on to the planned merging of American Airlines and US Airways.
February 19, 2013
No U.S. antitrust guarantees for Office Depot, OfficeMax merger
Reuters – Robert Doyle was quoted stating that internet competition today will affect Office Depot’s plan to acquire Office Max.
February 1, 2013
Through an old lens
Austin Business Journal – In this article Camelia Mazard was referenced in discussions pertaining to technology businesses in new market segments that often come under the scrutiny of antitrust regulators.
December 11, 2012
Delta buys Virgin Atlantic stake to boost London access
Reuters – Robert Doyle was quoted saying that the Delta Airline/Virgin Atlantic deal could raise antitrust concerns if the U.S. Justice Department were to determine that it reduced the incentives for the two companies to compete against each other.
May 11, 2012
Expect a 6 month freeze on Facebook’s Instagram acquisition
Gigaom – Andrew Barlow commented on the role of the FTC and DOJ in Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and predicts that the deal will be allowed to close.
March 30, 2012
Express Scripts’s FTC Ruling on Medco Said Likely by Friday
Bloomberg – Robert Doyle was quoted stating that the FTC merger inquiry of the Express Scripts/Medico Health Solution acquisition has been long and thorough, which may result in a successful transaction.
January 27, 2012
Regulator Sues to Block Omnicare Bid to Buy PharMerica
Reuters UK – In this article Robert Doyle was cited stating that Omnicare’s proposed acquisition of PharMerica Corp does not relate to Express Scripts’ plan to buy Medco Health Solutions but that investors will view both cases through the same prism.
November 30, 2011
Refile-Update 1-AT&T, Deutsch Telekom Eyed Fallback Venture – WSJ
Reuters – Robert Doyle spoke on AT&T’s proposed plan to buy T-Mobile USA saying that the specifics of the joint venture of the companies will determine the Department of Justice’s ruling.
November 11, 2011
Analysis: H&R Block Ruling Bodes Ill For AT&T
Reuters – In this article Robert Doyle commented on H&R Block’s planned acquisition of TaxACT to grow its digital market share.
September 22, 2011
Did Google Increase Microsoft’s Ad Rates
TheGuruReview – Andre Barlow was quoted stating that if Microsoft allegations against Google are true then the FTC could rule that Google has violated the Sherman Act as well as other antitrust laws.
September 22, 2011
Google’s Schmidt Fighting Fires, From Oracle to FTC
Siliconagle – In this article Andre Barlow was cited giving his viewpoint on the claims that Google has increased Microsoft’s ad rates.
September 22, 2011
Massive ETF Insider Trading, Google Ad Rates, UBS Board: Compliance
Bloomberg – Andre Barlow was quoted in regards to the Microsoft/ Google controversy concerning speculations that Google increased its advertising rates.
September 21, 2011
Google Might Have Hiked Microsoft’s Ad Rates
TheInquirer – In this article Andre Barlow spoke on the role that the FTC will have in the if the Google accusations in relation to Microsoft are true.
September 21, 2011
US Probing Allegedly Higher Google Ad Rate for Microsoft
Adage – Andre Barlow commented on the allegations surrounding the business partnership between Google and Microsoft.
September 21, 2011
Questions Raised on Google Advertising
Businessrecord – In this article Andre Barlow shared his perspective of what the outcome of the speculations against Google could be if they are indeed true.
September 2, 2011
AT&T Plans Two-Track Plan to Save T-Mobile Deal
Reuters – Robert Doyle shared his thoughts on AT&T’s plan to purchase T-Mobile USA, citing that it would be difficult for AT&T to reach a settlement with the Department of Justice.
July 01, 2011
Google Hires 12 Lobby Firms in Wake of FTC Probe
Reuters – In this article Robert Doyle mentioned that Google’s decision to hire lobby firms to aid with its antitrust investigation will not affect the FTC’s decisions.
May 16, 2011
D. Boerse Set for NYSE Deal: Nasdaq Left Scrambling
uk.Reuters – Andre Barlow was quoted in reference to the Nasdaq/ICE proposed merge, which sought after a speedy regulatory process from the DOJ, stating that in instances like that it is not a surprise that the DOJ would choose to abandon the bid.
May 16, 2011
D. Boerse Set for NYSE Deal as Nasdaq Bows Out
Reuters – In this article Andre Barlow commented on the fact that the failed Nasdaq/ICE merge is as a result of the government making quick antitrust regulatory decisions.
March 25, 2011
Nasdaq Bid for NYSE Would Hit Antitrust Stumble
uk.Reuters – Robert Doyle was quoted in this article stating that antitrust regulators at the Justice Department would likely focus on two issues: overlaps in U.S. equity options exchanges and U.S. equity exchanges when it came on to Nasdaq’s bid for NYSE.
February 24, 2011
Nasdaq Bid for NYSE Would Hit Antitrust Stumble
TheGlobeandMall – In this article Robert Doyle mentioned that Nasdaq’s attempt to acquire NYSE raises serious antitrust problems.
February 7, 2011
Orbitz, ITA Software Renew Contract
Reuters – Andre Barlow commented on Orbitz agreement with ITA Software to renew its software application while it’s in process of being acquired by Google, stating that the license renewal indicates that ITA is willing to enter into long term contracts with some of these travel web sites.
January 29, 2011
US Asks About Search Fairness in Google/ITA
ukReuters – In this article Robert Doyle spoke on Google’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software, commenting that a settlement focus on licensing would mean that the deal would go through.
January 28, 2011
RPT-DEALTALK-AMB/ProLogis Deal Would Be No Merger of Equals
Reuters – Robert Doyle spoke on AMB’s plan to purchase ProLogis, stating that while antitrust regulators would focus on geographical areas to determine areas in which the pair have too high a combined market share regulators, they would also look at the industrial real estate side of things.
January 28, 2011
Exclusive: US Asks About Search Fairness in Google/ITA
Reuters – Robert Doyle was quoted giving his perspective in reference to the Google/ITA potential merge.
September 2, 2010
Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC Wins Trade Case
PRweb – In this article Camelia Mazard was quoted as she was the lead attorney on the U.S. magnesia carbon brick (“MCB”) industry case.
September 2, 2010
Doye, Barlow & Mazard PLLC Wins Trade Case
4RSS – Camelia Mazard commented on the fact that the ITC vote, which determined that the US MCB industry is materially injured by Chinese and Mexican imports, represents an important victory for U.S. producers of MCB and their workers.
May 3, 2010
United, Continental May Cede Routes to Win Merger Approval
Bloomberg – In this article Andre Barlow was quoted asserting that even if the government determines that certain aspects of the United/Continental transaction are anti-competitive, the parties will have the opportunity to offer a settlement.
April 15, 2010
United, US Air Merger May Have to Give Up Routes in Merger
Bloomberg – Andre Barlow was cited in this article, stating that United and US Airways would need to explain to the antitrust division how the acquisition deal would not harm competition.
January 6, 2010
Update 2-US Regulators Undecided on Ticketmaster Deal-Sources
Reuters – Andre Barlow commented on the the merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster TKTM.O and concert promoter Live Nation, arguing that because the companies have different areas of expertise, the deal may be a hard one to fight.
January 1, 2010
Funny Farms: Class Action Lawsuit Targets Dairy Industry, While DOJ Investigates Monsanto
Inside Counsel – In this article Andre Barlow is quoted speaking on the fact that antitrust investigations into agriculture is nothing new.
December 21, 2009
People on the Move: December 14
Bizjournal – Candice M. Fitch was highlighted for adding hospitality practice at Doyle, Barlow & Mazard.
December 1, 2009
Comcast-NBC Deal Would Face ‘Gauntlet’ of Regulators
Bloomberg – Andre Barlow asserted that the Comcast/NBC joint venture could withhold programming or content from its competitors.
September 9, 2009
Approval Likely for JBS-Pilgrim’s Pride Deal, Say Experts
Foodproductivity – In this article Andre Barlow spoke in reference to the acquisition of Pilgrim’s Pride by JBS.
May 27, 2009
Department of Justice Opens Investigation of Blackboard’s Purchase of Angel Learning
Chronicle – Camelia Mazard was quoted in regards to Blackboard’s acquisition of Angel Learning, mentioning that the merge could raise enough concern to cause the Justice Department to undo the deal, though such moves are rare.
February 1, 2009
Obama’s Antitrust Dilemma
Forbes – Andre Barlow commented on the fact that Christine Varney’s leadership in the antitrust division of the Department of Justice will be beneficial.
Antitrust Issues for Companies Executing M&A Strategies
Financier Worldwide – In this article Andre Barlow spoke in regards to the way in which the DOJ conducts antitrust investigations.
February 27, 2008
For Microsoft More European Hurdles Ahead
Forbes – Camelia Mazard was quoted, stating that she thinks that the new $1.4 billion fine against Microsoft could color the thinking of E.U. regulators.
Class Actions Allege Banks and Brokers Engaged in Price-Fixing
Insidecounsel – Andrew Barlow gave his perspective on the two nationwide class action lawsuits against 37 leading banks, insurance companies and brokers that are accused of price-fixing and bid-rigging.
January 3, 2008
Suspense Grows Over XM-Serius Antitrust Review
Reuters – Andre Barlow was quoted in regards to the 10 months-long antitrust review concerning Sirius’s plan to acquire XM, stating that analysts may have underestimated the complexity of the investigation.
June 25, 2007
Reuters and Thompson May Unload Assets to Win Deal Approval
Deal.Nytimes – Robert Doyle was referenced in regards to the Thomson/Reuters deal stating that there is an overlap between the two companies.