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Are exclusivity clauses and restrictions on user in leases in breach of competition law?

Although the UK competition regime has applied to land agreements since 29 June 2010 [with the enactment of The Competition Act 1998 (Land Agreements Exclusion Revocation) Order 2010], until recently there has been only an...more

Two-Party Market: Presumption of Confusion and Injury

Merck Eprova AG v. Gnosis S.p.A., et al. - Clarifying applicable presumptions in Lanham Act false advertising cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s use of presumptions of...more

Combating Counterfeiting: How Owners Can Protect Their Brands

Counterfeiting is the practice of manufacturing and/or selling goods, usually of inferior quality, under a brand name without the brand owner’s permission. The damage from counterfeiting is extensive and far-reaching and...more

A Hundred Years Of Making Furniture In Southern Virginia. And Then Came China

Beth Macy's Factory Man (Little, Brown, 2014) is a great recounting of an untold piece of American business and manufacturing history. It begins in 1902, when John D. Bassett (called "Mr. J.D.") started Bassett Furniture in...more

Week in Review

Some popular online services made legal headlines this week. After years of litigation, a federal appeals court held that Yelp did not extort businesses by manipulating user reviews to coerce advertising purchases. While Yelp...more

Belgium Streamlines Competition Enforcement Regime

Perhaps best known worldwide for its Trappist breweries, Belgium is increasingly hospitable to business regulation. It is among the many countries that have recently introduced new laws and created new agencies to regulate...more

Judge Upholds Poaching Claims in Pharmaceutical Data Antitrust Case

On Friday, August 15, 2014, Judge Gerald McHugh of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania let stand several counterclaims that IMS Health Inc. (IMS) made against Symphony Health Solutions Corp. (Symphony) in connection with...more

Feds, States Sweep Country for Mortgage Relief Scams

In an enforcement sweep dubbed “Operation Mis-Modification,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 15 state Attorneys General have targeted “foreclosure relief scammers that have...more

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #2

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Children - Children, according to Whitney Houston, are our future, but they are also, according to the Federal Trade Commission, willing to spend unlimited amounts of money...more

Disappearing Act Fails – Maryland Attorney General and FTC “snap” back at Snapchat

Recently, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office announced that it reached a settlement with Snapchat, Inc. over alleged deceptive trade practices in violation of Maryland law and violations of federal laws that are intended...more

FTC Settles Claims Against Credit Repair Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into a settlement with one of the nation’s largest credit repair companies and its owners for alleged violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act...more

Ninth Circuit Agrees with FTC that Online Marketing Program Was an Unlawful "Pyramid Scheme"

The legal status of many membership programs promoted via social media and spam has been called into question by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed a judgment that one such...more

The CFPB & UDAAP: A “Know It When You See It” Standard?

Institutions regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and subject to its enforcement authority are dealing with of the agency’s sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or...more

Rule of Reason and Market Power

DSM Desotech Inc. v. 3D Systems, Inc. - Applying the laws of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in an appeal that no longer contained a patent claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Anti-trust Liability: Lessons from Goldman Sachs

In April we witnessed The European Commission impose a fine of €37.3 million directly on Goldman Sachs, holding the investor partly responsible for participation by its former portfolio company, Prysmian, in a cartel it ran...more

AcryliCon Accuses Silikal Of Trademark Infringement and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On April 10, 2014, AcryliCon USA, LLC, (“AcryliCon” or “Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Silikal GmbH & Co. and Silikal Industries GmbH, (“Silikal”), Hubert Weimann, and Harold Schmidt (collectively, “Defendants”)...more

The Law Of Unfair Trade Practices

“The ACC” stands for more than a sports league. It’s also the Association of Corporate Counsel. In February of this year, I gave a talk to the RTP Chapter of the organization on the law of unfair trade practices. The...more

Business Court Judges Explain Section 75-1.1

In my research for this blog, I recently found a June 2006 presentation on section 75-1.1 by Judges Al Diaz and John Jolly. This presentation occurred when Judge Diaz and Judge Jolly were serving together on the North...more

Advanced Topics Under Section 75-1.1

Last year, I spoke on section 75-1.1 at a CLE program sponsored by the Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. In the presentation, I addressed three perennially...more

Mortgage Lead Generator To Pay $250,000 in FTC Settlement on Deceptively Advertised Mortgage Rate Charges

GoLoansOnline.com, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based mortgage lead generator, will pay the Federal Trade Commission $250,000 under a settlement announced earlier this month of claims it operated mortgage lending websites that...more

Fee Shifting Bylaw Facially Valid Under Delaware Law

On May 8, 2014, Delaware Supreme Court, en banc, answered four questions of law certified to it by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and upheld the facial validity of a fee shifting provision in a Delaware...more

FTC Settles with Payday Lender over Alleged UDAAP Violations

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division entered a final order and judgment approving a settlement between the FTC and a payday lender, in which the company agreed to pay civil money...more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

Global Investigation of Manipulation of Benchmark Foreign Exchange Rates Focuses on Chat Group of Top Bank Traders

Competition authorities around the world are investigating whether banks manipulated WM/Reuters rates, which are used as a benchmark for foreign exchange (“FX”) rates for trillions of dollars of investment transactions. ...more

Nevada Federal Court Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Tribal Payday Lending Businesses

On March 19, the FTC reported that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada held that the FTC Act “grants the FTC authority to regulate arms of Indian tribes, their employees, and their contractors,” including...more

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