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FTC Complaint Made Against Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications

On December 6, 2016, The Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed a Complaint and Request for Investigation, Injunction...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

FTC Publishes Data Breach Response Guidelines

Whether resulting from a planned cyberattack or mere carelessness, data breaches are on the rise. In 2015, 781 data breaches were reported across the United States, with the average breach costing $3.8 million. In 2016, the...more

DOJ, FTC Announce Plans to Criminally Prosecute Employers That Enter into Wage-Fixing or No-Poaching Agreements

In the fiercely competitive market for talent, human resources personnel and recruiters inevitably feel the competing pressures of offering compensation packages that are attractive to potential employees and keeping costs...more

DOJ Publishes Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Relating to No-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements

In a series of investigations and subsequent court actions, HR professionals have been identified as being potential targets for investigation of allegations of violations of antitrust laws related to employment practices,...more

Antitrust Division Threatens Criminal Prosecution for Employment Practices: Antitrust Agencies Issue Joint Guidance on Employment...

Even in the absence of an agreement to fix compensation, simply exchanging competitively sensitive information could serve as evidence of an implicit illegal agreement. On October 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

Second Circuit Holds American Express Can Stop Merchants From Steering Customers to Lower-Fee Cards, Competition News Volume 2016,...

The opinion could provide useful guidance for participants in two-sided markets, like the credit card industry and the health care industry, where separate interests of insurers and patients are often implicated by the same...more

FTC's Winning Streak Restored: Seventh Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Chicago Hospital Merger, Competition...

Recent appellate decisions confirm the uphill battle hospitals face when merging with other hospitals. On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the district court’s ruling in Federal Trade...more

Non-Competition Restrictions

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a “State Call to Action,” urging states to reform their noncompetition laws. The Call to Action follows an earlier report from the White House which concluded that noncompetition...more

DOJ and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

Employment lawyers and human resources professionals, take note:  In 2016, in addition to knowing the ins and outs of labor and employment law, the federal government and its enforcement entities expect that you have more...more

Update: Regulations Implementing E-Warranty Law Now in Effect

New regulations governing warranties on consumer products will make it easier and more cost-effective for consumer product manufacturers and suppliers to satisfy the federally-mandated warranty notification requirements. On...more

Further Guidance on the HSR Act Investment-Only Exemption for Seemingly “Passive” Investors Engaging with Management

Investors considering engaging with management should take note of a recent informal interpretation received from the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) advising that certain seemingly “passive” behavior is...more

DOJ & FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a strong warning to HR professionals: certain agreements to fix salaries or limit competition could result...more

Attention HR: The Antitrust Laws Apply To You Too!

Human resources professionals keep track of a number of laws and regulations administered by several different agencies. For the most part, HR departments have given little attention to federal antitrust law compliance. After...more

Federal Regulators to HR Professionals: Remember that the Antitrust Laws Apply to Employment Too

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission jointly issued an Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals on October 20, 2016. The DOJ and FTC’s guidance follows several highly publicized...more

Correcting an Accidental Franchisor Violation

What’s a franchise? Franchise registration and disclosure laws define a “franchise” more broadly than people generally realize. A company may be franchising without knowing it. The “license” agreement may have been...more

DOJ and FTC Issue Guidance and Announce Policy Shift Regarding Antitrust Challenges to Hiring and Compensation Decisions

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission jointly issued their Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals on October 20, 2016. The guidance addresses the applicability of...more

DOJ Toughens Stance on Certain Employment-Related Agreements Between Competitors - New Antitrust Guidance Threatens Criminal...

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Oct. 20, 2016, jointly released Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals, cautioning employers about...more

Anti-Trust Laws Can Impact HR Departments

You can add anti-trust laws to the long list of legal risks that must now be managed by corporate HR departments. According to a recent guidance document prepared by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice,...more

FTC Reverses Prior Position – Buyers Must Now Count All New Debt as Part of the Transaction Size for HSR Purposes

The Federal Trade Commission's Premerger Notification Office has expanded the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements for certain leveraged buyouts. M&A practitioners generally are familiar with the HSR premerger...more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

How much trust do you place in celebrities who endorse products on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Do you stop to consider whether they are compensated for their efforts...more

Third Circuit Delivers Resounding Victory for FTC in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Case

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant antitrust victory by granting its request for a preliminary injunction to stay the pending merger...more

DOJ-AmEx Case Could Have Ramifications for Health Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Justice's loss to American Express sends a message to health care providers: Steering, tiering, exclusive dealing and other contractual arrangements that appear to suppress competition in one part of...more

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So, you’re ready to launch your new online business or mobile app. The website looks great, and the app tile has an elegant, simple design that’s sure to stand out on phone and tablet screens. Missing anything? Oh, yeah, that...more

A day at the races - the e-commerce sector inquiry, a conference report

On Thursday, 6 October, the European Commission presented its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry (Preliminary Report) to a large audience of interested stakeholders, followed by debates on the three main...more

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