Andrew Bigart

Andrew Bigart

Venable LLP

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Association TRENDS 2014 Legal Review

In this issue: - Top 5 Legal Issues of the Past Year - And the horse you rode in on Antitrust and membership restrictions - Employment and benefits developments: Same-sex couples - DOJ rules on...more

3/28/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions DOJ Employee Benefits IRS Joint Purchasing Programs Non-Profits Same-Sex Marriage

Two Recent FTC Cases Demonstrate the Antitrust Risk of Association Codes of Ethics

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered into consent orders with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the California Association of Legal Support Professionals (CALSPro). The consent orders highlight...more

1/27/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Code of Conduct Consent Order Ethics FTC

Antitrust Risks of Association-Sponsored Market Research: Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls of Information Exchanges and Surveys

In this presentation: - Introduction - Overview of Association Market Research Programs - Antitrust Laws Applied to Information Exchanges and Benchmarking - Best Practices and Practical...more

12/5/2013 - Antitrust Litigation Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Information Sharing Market Research

Common Pitfalls and Antitrust Compliance Risks with Association-Sponsored Market Research Programs

In This Presentation: - Introduction: - Value of Market Research Programs to Associations - Antitrust Laws Applied to Information Exchanges and Benchmarking – Overview – Recent...more

10/8/2013 - Benchmarks Competition Compliance Data Collection DOJ FTC Market Research Monopolization Restraint of Trade Safe Harbors Sherman Act

Business News Digest – September 2013

In this issue: - What to Expect When You're Selling Your Company – Indemnification - Association Membership and Program Restrictions and the Antitrust Laws: Don’t Stumble Out of the Gate - CFPB: July...more

9/9/2013 - Antitrust Provisions Attorney Disbarrment Brand CFPB China Dietary Supplements Discipline Enforcement Actions FDA Federal Funding Federal Grants Food Labeling Food Safety Non-Profits Nutritional Supplements Sales SEC Supply Chain

Association Membership and Program Restrictions and the Antitrust Laws: Don’t Stumble Out of the Gate

Trade and professional associations benefit society by promoting various industries, professions, and other interests. To realize their goals, however, associations must sometimes limit membership in the association or...more

8/23/2013

Business News Digest – March 2013

In this issue: - Executive Order Opens Consultative Processes to Draft Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure - Maryland Cybersecurity-Related Legislative Developments - NIST Seeking...more

3/12/2013 - Amgen Inc. v Connecticut Retirement Plans CFPB Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity FCPA FISMA NIST Non-Compete Agreements SCOTUS Student Loans

NIST Issues Request for Information, Begins Developing Cybersecurity Framework Under Recent Executive Order

On February 26, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a Request for Information (RFI) entitled, “Developing a Framework to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The RFI requests...more

3/6/2013 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Data Protection Executive Orders NIST

The Antitrust Implications of Non-Compete Agreements

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent settlement in In the Matter of Oltrin prohibiting use of a geographic non-compete by two companies in the bulk bleach industry is a reminder that the antitrust agencies look closely...more

3/4/2013 - Competition DOJ Federal Trade Commission Act FTC Non-Compete Agreements Sherman Act

NIST Seeking Comments on Revised Standards for FISMA Compliance

On February 6, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requested public comment on its latest revised draft of “Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations,”...more

2/22/2013 - Compliance Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Executive Orders FISMA NIST Security and Privacy Controls Voluntary Standards

Business News Digest – February 2013

In this issue: - What You Need to Know About the Proposed Maryland Investment Tax Credit for Cybersecurity - Trade Secret Legislation May Increase Infringement Claims and Lead to a Private Right of Action -...more

2/20/2013 - Antitrust Conspiracies CIPA Class Action Class Certification Cybersecurity Department of Transportation ECPA FDA Food Safety Infringement Investment Tax Credits IRS NEPA Pay or Play Trade Secrets Voluntary Correction Program

Managing Association Joint Purchasing Programs without Violating the Antitrust Laws: Lessons from a DOJ Business Review Letter

Trade and professional associations (“associations”) frequently sponsor joint purchasing arrangements on behalf of their members. These programs offer numerous potential benefits, including centralized ordering, volume...more

2/11/2013 - DOJ Joint Purchasing Programs Price-Fixing Sherman Act Trade Associations

What You Need to Know About the Proposed Maryland Investment Tax Credit for Cybersecurity

On January 16, 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley proposed a budget for FY2014 that includes several provisions aimed at boosting the state’s already robust cybersecurity industry, including a new $3 million tax credit...more

2/4/2013 - Cybersecurity Investment Tax Credits

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