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The FTC gets activist post-Actavis

In 2013, the FTC left its mark on the pharmaceutical industry when the Supreme Court ruled in FTC v. Actavis that settlement agreements for patent infringement suits between branded and generic drug companies are not immune...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #3

FCC Proposes Online Disclosures for Broadcast Contests - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would allow broadcast stations to disclose on the Internet the material terms for contests...more

Solar Installer Alert: US Dept. of Commerce Issues Affirmative Final Determinations in Chinese and Taiwanese Solar CSPV Products...

On December 16, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce) issued Affirmative Final Determinations in the alleged unfair subsidy investigation against Crystalline Silicon...more

Will the Supreme Court Remove Brulotte’s Shadow Over Patent Licensing?

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the collection of royalties after a patent’s expiration constitutes per se patent misuse. Although criticized by scholars, antitrust agencies, and the...more

Competition and Regulation Update: A Win For High Quality Brands And Distributors

In December 2014, The Australian Competition And Consumer Commission (ACCC) Authorised Tooltechnic To Fix The Minimum Price At Which Its Dealers Could Sell Festool Tools To Consumers - That Is, To Engage In Resale Price...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - December 2014 (Global)

For this month’s Top Stories, we are republishing two very recent Orrick Client Alerts that address an important U.S. appellate decision regarding the extraterritorial application of U.S. antitrust laws and the first U.S....more

FTC Commissioner Brill Urges Congress to Act on Patent Trolls

In a speech at the American Antitrust Association (AAI) and Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) Conference on Innovation, Patents and PAEs on December 10, 2014, Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Julie Brill...more

Bolt-on Acquisitions Risk Exposure to Surge of CMA Interim Enforcement Orders

The advent of the UK’s new Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has resulted in a surge of interim enforcement orders (IEOs). IEOs typically require a standstill in relation to acquired businesses, and prevent purchasers...more

Medical Billing Provider and its Former CEO Settle FTC Charges That They Misled Consumers About Collection of Personal Health Data

In an age when many of us briskly scroll through website terms and conditions and check, “I agree” without thinking, how should businesses design their websites to obtain proper authorization to access users’ sensitive...more

Seven Things DOJ Insiders Expect Organizations To Know (and Do) About Antitrust Compliance

For most organizations, the risk of violating antitrust laws is real. But when it comes to the most serious of antitrust violations, such as cartels and significant price fixing schemes, there is often an “it won’t happen...more

District Court Allows Monopolization Claims to Move Forward on Allegations of Direct Evidence of Monopoly Power

Traditionally, plaintiffs asserting claims under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act allege the existence of one or more product markets relevant to the defendants’ anticompetitive conduct and the defendants’ shares of those...more

Development in Pharma Patent Settlement Lawsuit

In one of the first tests of the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc. addressing the antitrust treatment of pharmaceutical patent settlements, a recent jury on Dec. 5, 2014, returned a...more

"insights" Newsletter - Autumn 2014

In this issue: - Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") - Antitrust and Compliance Programs - Staffing Companies and their Clients - Employment Law Update - Impact of the Windsor...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

DG COMP’s 5th monitoring report: time for guidance please!

DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of...more

Solar Installer Alert: USITC Holds Final Phase Public Hearing in Chinese and Taiwanese Solar CSPV Panels Import Injury...

On December 8, 2014, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden testified on behalf of some U.S. solar cell manufacturers at a public hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). The USITC scheduled the hearing as part of its...more

First Post-Actavis Jury Verdict Goes to Defendants on Causation Question

After six weeks of trial and two days of deliberation, the jury has returned its verdict in favor of the defendants in In re: Nexium. This trial began as a challenge to the allegedly anticompetitive effects of the settlements...more

Court Allows “Product Hopping” Claims to Proceed in Suboxone Litigation Based on Allegations of Removal of Prior Formulation and...

We’ve previously discussed antitrust claims related to “product hopping”—allegations that pharmaceutical manufacturers have reformulated or otherwise altered their products to prevent automatic generic substitution. Earlier...more

US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic & Covidien Merger US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic &...

Med Device Online reports that Medtronic has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU’s European Commission to merge with Covidien. Also according to Med Device Online, the companies had to agree that...more

Best in Law: What Businesses Need to Know on Antitrust Law

There is a saying among antitrust lawyers: Don’t say you “won” an antitrust lawsuit — just by being in one means you lost. Business litigation is almost always expensive and challenging. Antitrust litigation can be several...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

Full Disclosure in Advertising – Recent Guidance from the FTC

Enforcement efforts by the Federal Trade Commission in the area of false advertising have long emphasized the importance of disclosing material facts relevant to advertising claims to ensure that messages communicated to the...more

Supplier Beware of California’s Equipment Dealers Act Before Deciding on Termination of Dealers

Modern antitrust law has made it increasingly difficult for unilateral terminations of vertical relationships between suppliers and distributors or dealers to be attacked through the use of federal and state antitrust...more

Competition Act Tort Claims Still Viable: Fairhurst v Anglo American PLC

Can indirect purchasers claim damages in tort for breaches of the Competition Act? This was one of the issues before the British Columbia Supreme Court in Fairhurst v Anglo American PLC, 2014 BCSC 2270. Madam Justice Brown...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

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