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Financial Daily Dose 7.22.2019 | Top Story: Equifax Nears $700 million Settlement Over Privacy Breach

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 22, 2019

Credit bureau Equifax is closing in on an agreement with federal and state authorities in which it would pay $650-700 million to resolve claims related to the massive breach it revealed in September 2017 that exposed personal data of more than 145 million people – NYTimes and WSJ and MarketWatch A recent reported dip in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.16.2019 | Top Story: Regulators Raise National Security Concerns About Facebook’s Libra Crypto

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 16, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is the latest prominent government official to express concerns about Facebook’s coming Libra launch. Speaking at a briefing yesterday, Mnuchin focused on national security issues related to the planned cryptocurrency – WSJ and Bloomberg and Law360 Facebook will have a chance to address those (and many other) matters during Senate Banking … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.27.2019 | Top Story: DOJ Criminal Inquiry Into Chicken Industry Price Fixing

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 27, 2019

The DOJ has jumped on board claims made in existing civil class-action lawsuits and is considering criminal price-fixing charges against “some of the biggest American poultry companies, including Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride” based on allegation that Big Chicken “conspired to manipulate chicken prices” – NYTimes and Law360 Despite reportedly holding off on promised tariffs … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.25.2019 | Top Story: Allergan and AbbVie Combine Forces in $63 Billion Deal

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 25, 2019

Massive pharma news to start the day, with AbbVie announcing that it’s reached a deal to buy Allergan for roughly $63 billion. The tie-up is seen as giving AbbVie a “dominant position in the $8 billion-plus market for Botox and other beauty drugs” is it “braces for the end of patent protection for the world’s … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.12.2019 | Top Story: State AGs take aim at Sprint/T-Mobile merger with antitrust suit

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 12, 2019

Sprint and T-Mobile are facing new merger headwinds in the form of a NY & CA state AG-led lawsuit in the Southern District of New York that seeks to block the deal, alleging that it would cost customers of the companies “at least $4.5 billion a year” – NYTimes and WSJ and Law360 The good … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.7.2019 | Top Story: Markets Keep Eye on US Jobs Report

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 7, 2019

Jobs Report Friday again! Lots to look for in the numbers this month, especially considering the economic uncertainty that’s defined the past few weeks – WSJ and Bloomberg and NYTimes Wells Fargo will fork over $385 million to resolve force-placed insurance allegations from customers who have accused the bank of signing them up for auto … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.4.2019 | Top Story: DOJ, FTC, and Congress Set to Investigate Big Tech

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 4, 2019

Much more on the suddenly hot topic of Big Tech antitrust oversight, including a negotiated agreement among regulators that will see the DOJ handling Apple and Google while the Federal Trade Commission will take on Facebook and Amazon. Separately, the House Judiciary Committee is taking up its own probe of the tech industry giants – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.3.2019 | Top Story: DOJ Mulling Google Antitrust Action

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 3, 2019

The DOJ is considering joining its European counterparts in targeting Google for potential antitrust violations focused on Google’s “advertising practices and influence in the online advertising industry,” possibly including the company’s search practices – NYTimes and  WSJ and Bloomberg Such a probe would be consistent with a marked shift in Washington’s thoughts on Big Tech—from … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.21.2019 | Top Story: FCC Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 21, 2019

FCC Chair Ajit Pai gave his agency’s stamp of approval to the pending $26 billion T-Mobile/Sprint merger on Monday, helping move the deal towards completion based on pledges from the companies to develop “a robust 5G network and sell off Boost Mobile, a Sprint-owned service produce that sells prepaid services” – NYTimes and WSJ and … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | March 12, 2019

The SEC has announced a settlement with nearly 80 investment advisory firms in which they will pay back more than $125 million “to clients who were steered into higher-cost mutual funds without adequate disclosure” as part of a new agency initiative asking Wall Street to “self-report its own misconduct” – WSJ and Law360 On Monday, … Continue reading