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Charles (Rick) Rule

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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FTC Announces 2016 Thresholds for Merger Control Filings Under HSR Act and Interlocking Directorates Under the Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar jurisdictional thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”); the revised thresholds...more

1/27/2016 - DOJ FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Reporting Requirements The Clayton Act Threshold Requirements

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 6) - Practical Compliance with the Competition Ordinance

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

11/25/2015 - Competition Hong Kong Market-Sharing Price-Fixing Risk Mitigation

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 5) - Investigation and Enforcement

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

11/18/2015 - Competition Compliance Hong Kong Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) Investigations

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 4) - The Merger Rule and the Telco Rule

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has had a general and cross-sector competition...more

11/11/2015 - Anti-Competitive Hong Kong Merger Controls Safe Harbors Telecommunications

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 3) - The Second Conduct Rule

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

11/4/2015 - Anti-Competitive Competition Compliance Hong Kong

What You Need to Know About Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 2) - The First Conduct Rule

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

10/28/2015 - Anti-Competitive Bid Rigging Code of Conduct Compliance Hong Kong Merger Agreements Price Manipulation Protected Concerted Activity Supply Chain

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 1) - General Overview

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

10/16/2015 - Broadcasting Competition Hong Kong Telecommunications

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Draft Cartel Leniency Policy

On September 23, 2015, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the Commission) released a draft leniency policy for undertakings engaged in cartel conduct (the Policy) for public consultation. Feedback is invited by the...more

9/29/2015 - Cartels Confidentiality Agreements Cross-Border Hong Kong Non-Disclosure Agreement Price-Fixing Tribunals Unfair Competition Whistleblowers

Crowley Executive Acquittal in Price Fixing Trial Highlights Importance of Evaluating Legitimate Defenses and Avoiding Costly Plea...

A federal jury’s recent acquittal of a shipping company executive charged with price fixing highlights the challenges and uncertainties the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) faces when defendants force...more

5/19/2015 - Acquittals Antitrust Division Criminal Antitrust Litigation Criminal Defense Price-Fixing

Recent Court and Agency Actions Suggest Increased Antitrust Risk Over Disgorgement, Particularly in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Recent court and agency rulings highlight important takeaways involving disgorgement in antitrust proceedings. Companies, especially those in the pharmaceutical industry, increasingly should ensure they properly calibrate...more

5/6/2015 - Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions Disgorgement Enforcement Actions FTC Pharmaceutical Industry

Supreme Court’s Holding in Oneok v. Learjet Could Lead to New Risks for Market Participants

On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Oneok v. Learjet, holding that “Respondents’ state-law antitrust claims are not within the field of matters pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act” even though the claimed violations...more

4/30/2015 - Anti-Competitive Antitrust Litigation Natural Gas Natural Gas Act ONEOK v Learjet Preemption Price-Fixing SCOTUS

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

4/8/2015 - Amazon Antitrust Division Corporate Counsel DOJ E-Commerce Enforcement Actions Internet Retailers Price-Fixing Retailers

Takeaways from the Ninth Circuit’s Opinion Affirming the FTC’s Victory Against the St. Luke's/Saltzer Merger

On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of the independent physician group Saltzer Medical Group violated...more

2/13/2015 - Antitrust Provisions FTC Health Care Providers Hospital Mergers Hospitals Physicians St. Luke's

US DOJ’s First Successful Extradition Based On Antitrust Charges

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano...more

4/17/2014 - Antitrust Investigations DOJ Extradition Foreign Nationals

FTC Continues Aggressive Posture On Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements With Reference To Disgorgement

In two recent statements, the FTC reaffirmed its intention aggressively to pursue reverse-payment patent settlement agreements in the pharmaceutical industry. ...more

4/4/2014 - Actavis Inc. FTC FTC v Actavis Patents Pay-For-Delay Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements

FTC Continues Antitrust Focus On Health Care Sector With Upcoming Two-Day Health Care Competition Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced that it will be hosting a two-day workshop in Washington, DC on March 20-21 to examine competition issues related to current developments in the U.S. health care...more

2/24/2014 - Enforcement FTC Healthcare

China’s Simplified Merger Review Program May Significantly Reduce Wait Times For Certain Global Transactions

MOFCOM announces simplified merger-review program that could accelerate antitrust clearance from Chinese authorities for many transactions. MOFCOM estimates as many as 60% of notified transactions will qualify and receive...more

2/20/2014 - China Cross-Border Transactions Global Economy Mergers MOFCOM

Takeaways From Government Victories In Recent Antitrust Merger Trials

Recent government victories in the antitrust challenges to the consummated mergers of Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews and St. Luke’s/Saltzer are the latest in a string of trial successes by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the...more

2/4/2014 - Antitrust Conspiracies Antitrust Litigation Bazaarvoice Inc DOJ FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Mergers PowerReviews Inc The Clayton Act

FTC Announces 2014 Thresholds For Merger Control Filings Under HSR Act And Interlocking Directorates Under The Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar jurisdictional thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”); the revised thresholds...more

1/27/2014 - FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Pre-Merger Filing Requirements The Clayton Act

New York Court Affirms Jury Verdict Against Chinese Manufacturers Of Vitamin C, Awards Attorneys' Fees To Plaintiffs

In a recently released decision, a federal court in New York has declined to overturn a jury’s $153.3 million verdict against vitamin C manufacturer Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical and its parent, North China Pharmaceutical...more

1/3/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Attorney's Fees Foreign Manufacturers Pharmaceutical Industry Price-Fixing

Settlement Of The US Airways/American Airlines Merger Litigation Highlights Changing Antitrust Landscape

On November 12, 2013, US Airways, American Airlines, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), and several state Attorneys General announced an agreement to settle the antitrust litigation challenging the merger of the two...more

11/19/2013 - American Airlines Antitrust Litigation DOJ Mergers US Airways

FTC Expands Reporting Requirements For Transfers Of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that affect whether pharmaceutical companies must report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC...more

11/11/2013 - Acquisitions DOJ FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act License Agreements Manufacturers Patents Pharmaceutical Patents

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