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Ninth Circuit Affirms Divestiture of Consummated Physician Practice Acquisition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed an Idaho federal district court’s decision ordering the divestiture of a physician practice group that had been acquired by a competing health system. The case, which...more

No Active State Supervision, No Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina State Dental Board

On February 25, 2015, in a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision finding that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (Board), although a state...more

Media and on-line piracy: what’s new in Italy

There have been very interesting developments in Italian case law against media online piracy. The first and most important is the publication of statistics on the application of the Italian AGCOM regulation, as well as the...more

Supreme Court Rules NC Dentist Board Not Immune From Antitrust Scrutiny

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that state professional boards comprised of active market participants are not immune from antitrust laws even though the boards are formally designated as a state agency, unless the...more

Classic Antitrust Principles Apply to Health Care Mergers Even Post-ACA

The Ninth Circuit last week held that St. Luke’s Health System’s purchase of a physician practice group violated federal antitrust laws. In doing so, it upheld a district court’s order that the merger be dissolved. ...more

Jurisdictional limits of cartel laws in Australia and the United States - ACCC v Air New Zealand and Motorola Mobility v AU...

Commerce may be increasingly global, but there remain limits on the extraterritorial application of cartel laws in individual countries. In late 2014, Courts in Australia and the United States (US) delivered judgments...more

Qualcomm Resolves China Antitrust Investigation by Paying $975 Million and Changing its Patent Licensing Practices

Qualcomm sells chipsets and licenses its related standard-essential patents for use in 3G- and 4G-enabled smartphones and tablets. In late 2013, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) began investigating...more

FTC touts partnership with CFPB in annual debt collection report

In the FTC’s 2014 annual letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities, the FTC describes the CFPB as a “valuable partner” with whom the FTC anticipates an “even stronger [partnership] in the...more

Further encouragement for private enforcement of competition law: European Courts allow greater information about cartel conduct...

The details regarding cartel conduct contained in the decisions of the European Commission and national competition authorities are highly relevant to the follow-on cartel damages litigation that are now so common in Europe....more

FTC Settles With Payday Lenders for $21M Plus $285M in Waived Charges

Why it matters - Continuing the regulatory crackdown on payday lenders, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a proposed settlement with two lenders – AMG Services, Inc. and MNE Services, Inc. – for a $21 million...more

Actavis Amici Briefs Don’t Support Injunction

The expedited appeal to the Second Circuit pits New York State’s arguments for facilitating competition in a “molecule market” (a product market defined by the active ingredient of a prescription drug) against the brand name...more

Newsletter: January 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..EC Competition Law: Latest Developments Provide Ever Greater Opportunities for Private Enforcement - Noted With Interest: ..The Strategy of Lone Pine Orders: Timing...more

EC Competition Law: Latest Developments Provide Ever Greater Opportunities for Private Enforcement

The private enforcement of competition law within the EU continues its inexorable rise and plaintiff opportunities abound. Small and medium size businesses throughout Europe are joining larger companies in initiating...more

In re: Nexium Plaintiffs Seek a Permanent Injunction

As we reported earlier, the jury in In re: Nexium found that AstraZeneca had violated the antitrust laws by acting to keep generics off the market but that no generic would have been introduced earlier in the market even...more

Can the State Seek Restitution After a Class Action Settlement?

In The People of the State of California v. IntelliGender, LLC, 771 F.3d 1169 (9th Cir. Nov. 7, 2014) (Wardlaw, J.), the Ninth Circuit said the answer is “no.” A federal court had approved a class action settlement involving...more

Second Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Apple E-Book Appeal

On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral argument in Apple’s appeal in the e-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice. This appeal follows an adverse decision from...more

Minor League Baseball Players Take a Swing at MLB in Antitrust Suit

Several minor league baseball players have filed an antitrust class action against Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB and its teams operate as a cartel to impose restrictive contracts on minor league players. The suit,...more

Preliminary Injunction Order in Actavis Casts a Skeptical Eye Toward the “Hard Switch”

Last week, we briefly reported on the injunction granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the New York Attorney General’s “product hopping” suit against Actavis and its subsidiary, Forest...more

CFPB Fines Debt-Settlement Firm

On December 4, the CFPB fined a New Jersey-based debt-settlement service provider $69,075 in civil monetary penalties for alleged violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The CFPB alleged that the firm charged...more

The Employees Strike Back: High Tech & Hollywood Caught Red Handed in Wage-Fixing Class Actions

When you think of a monopoly you probably think of Rich Uncle Pennybags or oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, but maybe you should think of Princess Elsa from Frozen or the iPhone 6 instead. The largest Hollywood animation...more

Advocate General Wathelet in Huawei Technologies: Disappointing Opinion

Advocate General Wathelet’s disappointing Opinion in Huawei Technologies sets out a test that is divorced from reality. - The application of competition and antitrust law to standard essential patents (“SEPs”) is a...more

Commission publishes Private Antitrust Damages Directive

On 5 December 2014 the Commission’s Directive on rules governing actions for damages for infringements of competition law (the Damages Directive) was published. Member States will now have two years plus twenty days (until...more

New EU Directive Promoting Antitrust Damage Claims

Today, the EU considers that those affected by competition law infringement in some Member States are not able to effectively exercise their right to compensation. New EU legislation seeks to address obstacles to successful...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2015 (8th Ed.): Chapter 25: Netherlands

The Legislative Framework of the Cartel Prohibition - 1.1 What is the legal basis and general nature of the Cartel Prohibition, e.g. is it civil and/or criminal? The cartel prohibition is laid down in Article...more

Seventh Circuit Decision in Motorola Mobility Holds That the FTAIA Bars a U.S. Parent's Damages Claims Based on Its Overseas...

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, 15 U.S.C. § 6a (FTAIA), enacted in 1982, has provided ambiguous direction to courts and practitioners regarding the applicability of U.S. antitrust laws to conduct occurring...more

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