Beau Buffier

Beau Buffier

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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New EU Directive Promoting Antitrust Damage Claims

Today, the EU considers that those affected by competition law infringement in some Member States are not able to effectively exercise their right to compensation. New EU legislation seeks to address obstacles to successful...more

12/5/2014 - Antitrust Injuries Competition EU

Foreign Antitrust Defendants Feel Some Relief from the Reach of the Sherman Act in Civil Matters

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Motorola cannot recover overcharges to its non-U.S. subsidiaries that purchased price-fixed LCD panels abroad, even though finished cellphones incorporating those panels were...more

12/1/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Appeals Banks Foreign Branches of U.S. Banks FTAIA Garnishment Motorola

Resurgence of Protectionism – Can European Member States Really Do Whatever They Want to Foreign Takeovers?

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia recently cited the French initiatives to block the GE-Alstom deal as an example of “worrying signals of protectionist threats” in Europe. France is not, however, to be singled out....more

9/3/2014 - Alstom EU General Electric Protectionism Target Company

Ski Manufacturers Hit for Off-Piste Non-Compete

When it comes to the US Federal Trade Commission, healthy competition for ski manufacturers is just as important off the slopes as on. Ski equipment makers, Tecnica Group and Marker Völkl, learned this lesson on Monday when...more

5/22/2014 - Competition Endorsements FTC Manufacturers Non-Compete Agreements Unfair Competition

DOJ Scores First Antitrust Extradition: More to Come?

With Friday’s announcement of the first-ever extradition of a foreign executive on criminal antitrust charges to the United States, the US Department of Justice has won a major victory in its effort to prosecute and deter...more

4/8/2014 - Antitrust Litigation DOJ Extradition

FTC Workshop Seeks to Spark Biosimilars Competition

Demand for biologics is growing fast, but even after Congress passed authorizing legislation in 2010, the pace of generic entry appears to have stalled. Seeking to spur increased generic competition, the FTC held an all-day...more

2/7/2014 - Biologics Biosimilars FDA FTC Pharmaceutical

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2014

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised and, once again, raised the thresholds for the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act requires that parties to...more

1/24/2014 - FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Pre-Merger Filing Requirements

Bazaarvoice Shows Courts’ and Agencies’ Orthodox Approach to Mergers in High-Tech Markets

The District Court’s decision finding the Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews acquisition unlawful demonstrates that agencies and courts will continue to apply traditional methods of merger analysis based on market definition and market...more

1/14/2014 - E-Commerce Mergers Technology The Clayton Act

The DOJ’s Antitrust Division Cuts Back On Its Carve-Out Policy For Corporate Officers In Plea Agreements

Last Friday, Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, announced that the Division will no longer publicly name the executives excluded from immunity granted in corporate cartel...more

4/16/2013 - Cartels Corporate Counsel Corporate Fraud Corporate Officers DOJ Immunity

Vitamin C Purchasers Awarded $162 Million In First-Ever Civil Price-Fixing Verdict Against Chinese Companies

On March 14, 2013, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York returned a verdict in In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:06-md-1738 (E.D.N.Y.), finding that two Chinese companies had unlawfully fixed prices and controlled...more

4/1/2013 - Antitrust Litigation China Jury Awards Price-Fixing Sovereign Immunity

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