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No Use Crying Over Settled Claims?: Second Circuit Affirms Approval of Dairy Farmers’ Settlement

This week, the Second Circuit affirmed the approval of a $50 million agreement settling price-fixing claims brought by a class of farmers against a dairy cooperative and a dairy marketing company. The settlement in Allen et...more

Colorado Court Sends Shepherds’ Wage-Fixing Antitrust Suit Out to Pasture

Defendants in a putative class action lawsuit alleging wage fixing antitrust claims no longer need to count sheep to rest easily. A district court judge in Colorado recently denied plaintiffs’ request for leave to amend,...more

THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of...more

Australian competition and consumer law update for food & beverage sector

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2017. The compliance and enforcement priorities that are likely to be most relevant to businesses in the...more

Uncertainty rises about leadership in nation’s top health posts

Although attention has focused on the GOP-promised repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, other big changes also are afoot in the federal government that will have significant effects on health care in this...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - January 2017

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Idaho ag-gag law back in court. In 2015, a federal court struck down...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #3

Will Green Guides Address Organic? FTC/USDA Roundtable Report - On October 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., entitled...more

Australian competition and consumer law update for food and beverage sector

by DLA Piper on

The ACCC has released an Issues Paper in its Inquiry into the Australian dairy industry seeking feedback on issues including: The Inquiry follows a number of other developments this year that have put the spotlight on...more

Italian Competition Authority opens investigation for abuse of dominant position in the market of agricultural insurance

by DLA Piper on

By its decision published on 7 November 2016, the Italian Competition Authority has opened an investigation (A499) against CODIPRA for an alleged abuse of dominant position. CODIPRA (Consortium for the Defense of the...more

Has consolidation made egg and poultry industry ripe for the plucking?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? We may never know the answer to this age-old question. But when it comes to allegations of price-fixing in the poultry and egg industries, at least, the answer appears to be the egg....more

DOJ Sues to Halt Deere’s Acquisition of Monsanto’s Precision Planting

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) sued this week to stop Deere & Co.’s acquisition of Monsanto Co.’s Precision Planting, explaining that the deal would harm farmers. The companies make high-speed precision planting systems,...more

Competition and consumer law update for the food and beverage sector

by DLA Piper on

Results of a Food and Grocery Code of Conduct supplier survey suggest retailers can improve compliance with the Code - One year has now passed since Australia's two major supermarkets signed up to the Food and Grocery...more

India’s Competition Authorities Investigate Monsanto

Monsanto’s Indian joint venture has come under fire anew for allegedly anti-competitive behavior. India’s Competition Commission opened investigations this week into allegations that Monsanto and its partner Mahyco...more

RF state duma may consider draft law on new rules for retailers in this year’s spring session

by Dentons on

In May 2015 the RF State Duma adopted at the first reading the Draft Law on Amendments to Certain Legal Acts of the RF Concerning Antimonopoly Regulation and Ensuring Food Safety1 (“Draft Law”), which was introduced by a...more

EU & Competition Law Update – April 2016

by Bryan Cave on

European Union: EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking - On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

by King & Spalding on

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

The CFTC, SEC and Market Manipulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Open market manipulation cases present difficult issues regarding what constitutes market manipulation. Regulators, such as the SEC, CFTC and FERC, tend to focus on the element of intent. Defendants frequently argue that the...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – December 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regularly publishes compliance materials aimed at educating the business community in the UK. These are well worth a read by anyone involved in competition law compliance in the...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - November 2015

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines seeking to block the carriers’ proposed slot swap at Newark, DOT’s...more

Competition News June 2015 International French

by Dentons on

The French Competition Authority departs substantially from its method for calculating fines in the poultry cartel cases - In its poultry cartel decision of May 6, 2015, the French Competition Authority was forced to...more

Competition News June 2015

by Dentons on

The French Competition Authority departs substantially from its method for calculating fines in the poultry cartel cases - In its poultry cartel decision of May 6, 2015, the French Competition Authority was forced to...more

ICA's sector enquiry on the dairy industry

by DLA Piper on

On 5 May 2015, the Italian Competition Authority ("ICA") decided to launch a sector inquiry into the dairy sector. As recently reported by the President of the ICA in its annual hearing at the Senate on 13 May 2015,...more

American Quarter Horse Association Rule Against Registration of Cloned Horses Found Not To Violate Sherman Act

A Matsushita “Quick Look” Analysis Demonstrates that While Plausible, No Evidence Supports An Actionable Conspiracy or Monopoly. Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture et al. v. Am. Quarter Horse Ass’n, 776 F.3d 321 (5th Cir....more

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