The US DoJ announces its first approval of a COVID-19 competitor collaboration which is not involving medical supplies

DOJ Signs Off On First COVID-Related Competitor Collaboration Not Involving Medical Supplies* On May 15, 2020, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced its first approval of a COVID-19 competitor collaboration that does not involve equipment or medications directly related to fighting the pandemic. The Division’s business review letter (“BRL”) is only the second it has issued under the DOJ-FTC joint guidance relating to COVID-19. As with the first BRL, involving medical supplies, the government agency’s involvement in the collaboration appears to have once again been dispositive in the decision not to challenge the collaboration. I. Summary On May 8, 2020, the National Pork Producers Council (“NPPC”), a trade association representing some 60,000 hog farmers, sought

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David Rochelson, The US DoJ announces its first approval of a COVID-19 competitor collaboration which is not involving medical supplies, 15 May 2020, e-Competitions May 2020 - II, Art. N° 95062

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