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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

FTC Staff Reminds Brands and Influencers About Disclosure Requirements

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In November, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to investigate and bring enforcement actions regarding the use of influencers on Instagram. In what may be a response to that...more

California Last State to Join Multistate Settlement of Western Union Fraud Schemes

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, California became the 50th state to join the multistate settlement with Western Union over its alleged complicity in fraud-induced wire transfers. This followed Western Union’s $5 million agreement with 49 state...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act’s Point of “No Return”

On December 14, 2016 the United States Congress passed an act known as the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (“CRFA”). The stated goal of this new legislation is “to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts...more

Federation Council adopts draft law on differentiating fines for anticompetitive agreements and concerted practices

by Dentons on

On 12 April 2017 the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly adopted the draft Federal Law No. 52643-7 on Amendments to the Russian Federation Code on Administrative Offenses (the "Draft Law"). The Draft Law is expected...more

EU Competition Newsletter - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The Brexit referendum result in June last year created many uncertainties for the British economy and continues to do so. In this Breakfast Seminar, Robert Bell will focus his remarks on what he sees will be the likely...more

THE LATEST: Entanglements and Concentrated Markets Require Divestiture in the Dairy Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 6, 2016, Danone S.A. (Danone) agreed to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for $12.5 billion. WhiteWave is the leading manufacturer of fluid organic milk in the United States and one of the top...more

“SMARTER” Act Advances in Congress: Will It Become Law?

For the third straight legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill—the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (“SMARTER”) Act—that would amend the Clayton Act and...more

EU Concerns Remain on Hotel Prices and Commission Rates

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

France Becomes an Attractive Forum for Antitrust Follow-On Damages Claims

by Reed Smith on

Companies often associate competition rules with public enforcement. However, competition law can also be a source of compensation. The new French Order and Decree, which together implement Directive 2014/104/EU on actions...more

FTC Closing Letters Show Continued Vigilance on “Made in USA” and Leniency for Cooperation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week the FTC issued three letters closing three separate investigations of advertising practices by three different businesses. The letters are notable for the two common themes present in each. First, each investigation...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In the first article in a...more

Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In this first of a three-part...more

New Merger Control Thresholds in Germany

by K&L Gates LLP on

The German legislator just paved the way for the introduction of new merger control filing thresholds. Based on a recently adopted amending law to the German Act against Restraints of Competition, Germany’s merger control...more

Further Closing the Narrow Opening for Section 75-1.1 in the Employer-Employee Context

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A recent opinion from the North Carolina Business Court illustrates courts’ continued reluctance to allow section 75-1.1 claims in the context of an employer-employee relationship. Judge James L. Gale recently dismissed a...more

Mexico Courts Rule Telecom Agency's Interconnection Costs Model "Reasonable"

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico's Telecom and Antitrust Federal Courts have issued three resolutions declaring that the model used by the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL) for calculating interconnection costs for fixed and mobile...more

NetSpend Settles FTC Charges, Resolving Allegations that it Deceived Consumers over Access to Prepaid Funds

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week the FTC announced that it had reached a settlement with NetSpend over allegations that NetSpend deceived consumers by promising “immediate access” with “guaranteed approval” to money loaded on its general purpose...more

State Attorneys General Gather to Discuss Privacy Enforcement

by Reed Smith on

A panel at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General highlighted data breaches and privacy in the context of new technology, signalling that state regulators are focused on consumer protection in this...more

EU Retail News - March 2017

by Bryan Cave on

From April 2017, the following legal changes are coming into effect. Make sure your business is prepared! Part of this publication originally published by Drapers - March, 2017...more

European Commission Blocks Merger of London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse

On 29 March 2017, the same day that United Kingdom has officially launched the Brexit process, the European Commission (Commission) blocked the proposed 29 billion Euro merger between Deutsche Börse AG (DBAG) and London Stock...more

The benefits and harms of e-commerce on competition law

by Dentons on

Electronic commerce has gained significant popularity globally in recent years. As the internet became more familiar, and traditional biased attitude towards bricks-and-mortar retail shops fade, more businesses begin to...more

Germany Updates Competition Rules to Deal with Digital Markets

by Reed Smith on

The “Digital Strategy 2025”, adopted by the German Federal Government on March 1, 2016, aims to ensure that Germany remains a growing, modern and significant financial marketplace in an increasingly digitalized environment....more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

Diet-Pill Marketers Settle With FTC Over Email Marketing and Weight Loss Claims

by Reed Smith on

Colby Fox and his companies Tachht, Inc. and Teqqi, LLC recently settled a case with the Federal Trade Commission over an email marketing scheme and claims regarding the companies’ diet pills. According to the FTC, which...more

DOJ Anti-Steering Suit Against Carolinas Healthcare Survives Preliminary Motion

by Mintz Levin on

On March 30, 2017, in a closely watched case, a federal district court denied the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by Carolinas Healthcare against the DOJ Antitrust Division and State of North Carolina’s Complaint...more

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