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Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

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

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Drug Testing Company Settles FTC Case Alleging Invitation to Collude

The FTC has entered into a final settlement with Drug Testing Compliance Group LLC (DTC Group) by order issued January 21, 2016, resolving an administrative case that alleged DTC Group had invited a competitor to collude with...more

Competition/antitrust law

Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

WSGR Obtains First-of-Its-Kind Precedent on California's Automatic Renewal Law

A host of Silicon Valley companies have been targeted by suits claiming that recurring payments the companies receive for services have been obtained in violation of California's Automatic Renewal Law (ARL), Business and...more

A Primer on Competition Investigations in Canada

The Competition Bureau just telephoned. They have started an "inquiry". Your company is about to receive a "section 11 Order". What's happening, and what's next?...more

"Key Takeaways - Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insight From the Enforcers"

On January 26, 2016, Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group and Charles River Associates hosted the sixth annual seminar “Antitrust in the Technology Sector,” with an emphasis on policy perspectives and insights from...more

Is the Washington Legislature Caching Out Noncompete Agreements? How This Change Might Affect Your Ability to Protect Your...

For tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, and any number of emerging tech companies, tech professionals are a hot commodity in the state of Washington. No doubt, the competition is fierce here in Seattle and within the...more

FTC Announces Annual HSR Premerger Notification Threshold and Clayton Act Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Adjustments

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) thresholds will be increased. The FTC also announced that it has revised the thresholds...more

More Non-Compete Nonsense: Journalist Fired in Non-Compete Debacle

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about non-compete agreements making it difficult for younger journalists to get new jobs and move up in the news world. The article focused substantially on a young journalist...more

The New Face of Commercial Crime - Cybersecurity Risks for Companies and their Directors

The threat of commercial crime against companies is transforming. Technology has created new and innovative ways for fraudsters to exploit individuals and companies through cyber attacks. This new face of fraud can give rise...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed By Senate Judiciary

On January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal private right of action for trade...more

February Antitrust Bulletin

“Comprehensive and Innovative” Antitrust Compliance Policy Results in Reduced Fine - On November 2, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio entered judgment against Kayaba Industry Co., Ltd....more

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Emphasizes Priority to Bring Enforcement Actions for Commercial Bribery under U.S....

Black’s Law Dictionary defines commercial bribery as “[a] form of corrupt and unfair trade practice in which an employee accepts a gratuity to act against the best interest of his employer.” Commercial bribery is illegal...more

CMA gives the cold shoulder to fridge and bathroom suppliers “MAP Pricing"

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) continues to focus its attention on resale price maintenance particularly where it relates to minimum advertised prices (MAP) on on-line sites. The CMA has a history of...more

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds; Minimum Size for Reportable Transactions Increases to $78.2 Million

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,...more

No Federal Antitrust Immunity for Actions by State Regulatory Boards Controlled by Market Participants without Active State...

The United States has a strong tradition of professional self-regulation, particularly in the learned professions. States frequently delegate regulatory authority to state boards largely comprised of professionals actively...more

HSR Notification Thresholds Increase for 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 25, 2016. The revised thresholds will...more

HSR Thresholds Will Increase for 2016 Transactions

On February 25, 2016, revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) will take effect. The thresholds determine whether parties involved in proposed mergers, consolidations, or other acquisitions of voting securities,...more

Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Take Effect Feb. 25, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced revisions to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR), which will apply to all transactions closing on or after Feb. 25, 2016. The...more

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised notification thresholds pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The HSR Act requires parties to file notification...more

EU Court Affirms Independence of EU and National Leniency Programs

On January 20, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment reaffirming the independence of the cartel immunity and leniency regimes of the EU and member states. The ruling reasserts the obligation of...more

Will Assignee Liability Increase as FTC Seeks Comments on the Holder Rule?

The “Adam’s Rib” of assignee liability ? the “Holder Rule” issued by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in 1976 ? is up for review. Imposing liability on innocent purchasers of consumer credit loans for the legal violations...more

FTC Announces Increased Thresholds for HSR Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 21, 2016 the revised transaction thresholds that trigger the requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Dodd-Frank News: January 2016: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

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