The US DoJ reaches a settlement with two companies breaking up their joint venture and uses disgorgment remedy in the tour bus market (Coach USA / City Sights / Twin America)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reached a settlement with Coach USA Inc. and City Sights LLC, breaking up their joint venture. The DOJ also employed the rarely used remedy of disgorgement to recover $7.5 million in profits from the defendants. This case demonstrates the aggressive posture the antitrust agencies are taking to challenge and impose harsh remedies upon transactions that are not reportable under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. It also highlights the need to properly evaluate and prepare for the antitrust implications of non-reportable transactions under the HSR Act. DOJ Obtains Disgorgement In 2009, two operators of hop-on, hop-off bus tours in New York City formed a joint venture, Twin America LLC. Prior to the formation of Twin America, Coach USA and

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Jon B. Dubrow, The US DoJ reaches a settlement with two companies breaking up their joint venture and uses disgorgment remedy in the tour bus market (Coach USA / City Sights / Twin America), 16 March 2015, e-Competitions March 2015, Art. N° 93177

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