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The EC New Alert Mechanism to Detect Cartels: A Teaser Before a European General Framework for Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing has been part of the U.S. legal tradition, if not since the resolution passed by the Continental Congress in 1778, at least since the adoption of the 1863 False Claims Act. With regard to the disclosure of...more

FTC Puts Social Media Influencers on Notice for Possible Violations of the Truth-in-Advertising Laws

Does that actress with the glowing skin really use the luxury moisturizer she keeps raving about on Instagram? What about that NBA player you’re following? Did he actually pay for the pricey new sneakers he’s showing off in...more

Dow/DuPont: MOFCOM Grants First Conditional Clearance of 2017

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 2 May 2017, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced its conditional clearance of the proposed US$130 billion all-stock merger of equals between the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company...more

FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Halting Alleged Debt Relief Scam

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the FTC filed a Complaint in Federal Court against Strategic Student Solutions and a number of related companies that claim to provide debt relief services. According to the Complaint, rather than providing...more

FTC Releases Cross-Device Tracking Guidance

by Locke Lord LLP on

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released guidance that will be of interest to companies that utilize cross-device tracking. Cross-device tracking refers to a company’s ability to link a consumer’s behavior on a...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

European Commission Consults on Operations of European Supervisory Authorities

by Jones Day on

On 21 March 2017, the European Commission published a consultation paper on the operations of the European Supervisory Authorities ("ESAs")...more

Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking: A Consumer Management Tool with FTC Warnings

A consumer’s television or computer may be emitting silent signals that her smartphone can hear, recognize and answer back, but the consumer can’t sense them at all. These signals are telling retailers about their customer’s...more

China Announces Amendments to Regulation on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On May 19, 2017, China’s State Council promulgated the amendments to the 2014 Regulation on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices (“the Amendments”), which became effective immediately. The Amendments clarify...more

Commercial Division Partially Vacates ICC Arbitration Award in Artificial Sweetener Dispute

Justice Charles Ramos of the New York Commercial Division partially vacated an International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitration award in a major legal battle between artificial sweetener giants NutraSweet and Daesang. ...more

Health Update - May 2017

Mapping the Healthcare M&A Landscape Under the New Administration - Editor’s Note: The healthcare M&A market continues to be among the most active sectors. In a recent webinar, Manatt examined how the policies and goals of...more

€110 million fine for Facebook by the European Commission for providing misleading information during WhatsApp merger review

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) announced on May 18, 2017, that it was fining Facebook €110 million for providing misleading or incorrect information during the review of the social network’s acquisition of WhatsApp in...more

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

by Alston & Bird on

On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

Franchise Compliance: Franchising infringement notices and pizza

by Dentons on

A recent decision by the ACCC to issue infringement notices to a franchisor demonstrates the need for franchisors to comply with the ongoing disclosure requirements to franchisees under the Franchising Code of Conduct....more

Dispute Resolution Alternatives in Latin America

by Zelle LLP on

The Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute defines “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR) as “any method of resolving disputes other than by litigation”. Arbitration and mediation are the two main forms of...more

Is A Respondent’s Own Post-Importation Infringement A Violation Of Section 337?

by Jones Day on

Before 2011, the ITC routinely found violations of Section 337 based on the infringement of method claims through a respondent’s own use of an article post-importation. This changed when the ITC issued its Opinion in Certain...more

New rules on energy and fuel distribution contained in the bill of law for the market and the competition

by DLA Piper on

Energy attracts the attention of the bill of law for the market and the competition (in Italian DDL Concorrenza or DDL). The text revised by the Senate has been passed, on 3 May 2017, ONto the Chamber of Deputies for its...more

Eyes Across the Atlantic: Coordination and Management of Global Private Antitrust Litigation

In years past, the focus of private international antitrust disputes was the United States. Over a century of experience, treble damages, class actions and the American rule for attorneys’ fees – plus robust enforcement by...more

Excessive pricing in pharmaceutical products attracts the European Commission's attention

by Hogan Lovells on

In recent years competition authorities in a number of EU Member States have stepped up in their pursuit against companies active in the Life Sciences sector for excessive pricing. Last week, the European Commission issued a...more

Coherus Responds to Apotex Citizen Petition Seeking Heightened Regulatory Requirements For Biosimilar Competition

by Goodwin on

We previously reported that Apotex filed a Citizen’s Petition requesting that FDA require biosimilar applicants to conduct comparative clinical efficacy studies in at least one intended patient population, rather than...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 2

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

In a recent blog post, we discussed a new antitrust decision from the North Carolina Business Court that involves healthcare providers and health insurers. In that post, we examined the significance of that opinion to...more

European Commission's Antitrust Concerns Lead to Syndicated Loans Market Study

by Jones Day on

In April 2017, the European Commission ("Commission") published a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules. The successful candidate will...more

FDIC Action Is a Reminder that Bank Partnerships Are Not a Panacea for Non-Banks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it had reached settlements with Bank of Lake Mills (Bank) and two of its “institution-affiliated parties” (IAPs)—Freedom Stores, Inc. (FSI) and...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms No Private Right of Action to Enforce Lack of Substantiation Claims in SeroVital False Advertising Class...

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s unfair competition law and consumer legal remedies claims, finding that neither claim provided plaintiff with a private cause of action to...more

Carbon and Alloy Steel: Commission Hearing on Dismissal of Antitrust Claims

On April 20, 2017, the Commission heard oral arguments in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, in connection with its review of Judge Lord’s Initial Determination dismissing complainant U.S. Steel’s...more

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