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FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guide

On October 25, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance for businesses that outlines recommended actions to take when facing a data breach. This data breach response guide (Guide) follows the FTC's prior...more

DOJ/FTC Joint Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Suggests Broad Antitrust Risks

Provisions restricting the hiring of another company’s employees are often included in vendor agreements and a variety of corporate transactions and licenses. And it’s not unusual to see similar constraints adopted in...more

DOJ and FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals

Everyone knows that price-fixing among sellers of competing products is illegal, but price-fixing by buyers can also violate the antitrust laws. That is true even in the market for buying services of employees, regardless of...more

Landmark Decision Issued by the Italian Supreme Court in the Automotive Sector

A resounding judicial victory was scored in Italy this fall by Bryan Cave’s affiliated office (“SILS”) on behalf of the Volkswagen Group. The Supreme Court of Italy (“Corte di Cassazione”) rejected all claims brought...more

FCA Publishes "New" Mission Statement

On 26 October 2016, the FCA published a Mission Statement titled “Our Future Mission”. The aim of the publication is to “establish a set of guiding principles” that explain how the FCA pursues its strategic and operational...more

A Call-to-Action: Obama Administration Encourages States to Ban Noncompetes for Low-Wage Workers and Certain Other Employees

On October 25, 2016, the Obama administration released a fact sheet announcing the steps that the White House is taking to “enhance competition to benefit consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs.” The administration’s actions...more

Limitation and foreign follow-on actions

Two recent attempts to hedge limitation risk in follow-on claims by commencing proceedings in the UK High Court and the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal have failed. The Tribunal ruled that a claim, based on foreign law,...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Guidance on Application of Antitrust Law to Employee Hiring and Compensation

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) jointly released Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals (guidance) to explain how...more

Ad hoc Local Leniency Application Makes the Difference: The Italian Council of State Upholds the Administrative Court of Lazio...

On 20 October 2016, the Italian Council of State (the “Council of State”) upheld the judgment of the Administrative Court of Lazio (“TAR”) on the cartel in the sector of international road freight forwarding to and from Italy...more

FTC Workshop on New Drone Technologies Raises Familiar Privacy Issues

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent workshop on drones raised familiar issues related to the privacy implications of a new and evolving technology. While the many potential innovations and consumer benefits of drone...more

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2016 Q3 Update

This post updates the public deal antitrust reverse termination fee database through September 30, 2016. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a fee payable by...more

Antitrust Agencies Release Guidance on Employee Hiring and Compensation

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jointly issued written guidance for human resource (HR) professionals on how antitrust law applies to employee hiring and...more

Price fixing not justified to protect pharmacies in rural areas

On 19 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued an important judgment concerning the German law on fixing prices of retail prescription drugs. In the case before the Higher Regional Court of...more

DOJ/FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to begin criminally investigating and prosecuting employers who enter wage fixing and anti-poaching agreements with their competitors. In advance of its new...more

Anti-Trust Laws Can Impact HR Departments

You can add anti-trust laws to the long list of legal risks that must now be managed by corporate HR departments. According to a recent guidance document prepared by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice,...more

DOJ and FTC provide guidance on avoiding antitrust violations in Human Resources practices

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week issued antitrust guidelines for human resources (HR) professionals. The guidelines highlight the most common antitrust violations, based on a...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: EU – Biodiesel (Argentina)

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has delivered a mixed verdict in Argentina's challenge to EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel. The Appellate Body rejected Argentina's claims that part of the EU Basic Regulation on...more

FTC to Take Additional Steps to Rein in Influencer Marketing?

Last week, two advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) taking direct aim at the burgeoning influencer marketing industry. The complaint implores the agency to take enforcement action...more

DOJ, FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance to Human Resources Professionals

On October 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued joint Antitrust Guidance to Human Resource (HR) Professionals (the Guidance) involved in hiring...more

DOJ and FTC Put HR Executives on Notice That Anticompetitive Hiring and Compensation Practices May Be Subject to Criminal...

On October 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources (HR) Professionals.” The jointly prepared guidance—directed at HR...more

Is Marriage a “Material Connection”? The FTC Challenges an “Independent” Expert Based on Marital Status

Medical endorsements can be powerful selling tools for health care products. But if a medical professional has a connection to the company marketing the products that would be material to consumers in evaluating the...more

Criminal Charges for Executive Stemming from Discovery Responses in DOJ Civil Antitrust Litigation

On October 14, 2016, former vice president and director of information technology of Coach USA, Inc. (Coach), Ralph Groen, entered a guilty plea for concealing and attempting to destroy documents and giving false and...more

Competition Law: U.S. DOT Issues Request for Information Regarding Potentially Unfair Business Practices

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the White House and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT or the “Department”) announced a suite of actions to enhance protections for consumers who travel by air. While almost all...more

What is the FTC Doing About Privacy and Drones?

Last week, as part of its Fall Technology Series, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a much-anticipated workshop to explore the privacy concerns associated with drones. Although many in the audience hoped that this...more

HR Professionals Take Note: DOJ and FTC Issue Guidance Regarding Antitrust Laws in the Employment Context

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 20, the DOJ and the FTC jointly issued their Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals, stating that DOJ intends to pursue employers criminally for alleged wage fixing and no-poaching agreements. ...more

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