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FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Halting Alleged Debt Relief Scam

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the FTC filed a Complaint in Federal Court against Strategic Student Solutions and a number of related companies that claim to provide debt relief services. According to the Complaint, rather than providing...more

FTC Releases Cross-Device Tracking Guidance

by Locke Lord LLP on

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released guidance that will be of interest to companies that utilize cross-device tracking. Cross-device tracking refers to a company’s ability to link a consumer’s behavior on a...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

by Alston & Bird on

On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

Franchise Compliance: Franchising infringement notices and pizza

by Dentons on

A recent decision by the ACCC to issue infringement notices to a franchisor demonstrates the need for franchisors to comply with the ongoing disclosure requirements to franchisees under the Franchising Code of Conduct....more

European Commission's Antitrust Concerns Lead to Syndicated Loans Market Study

by Jones Day on

In April 2017, the European Commission ("Commission") published a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules. The successful candidate will...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 12th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s GSB weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending May 12, 2017 is below. Rhetoric Over AHLA’s Planned Lobbying Efforts Ramps Up [OTA]. Not surprisingly, Priceline Group CEO Glenn Fogel...more

European Commission goes online with final report in e-commerce sector inquiry

by Hogan Lovells on

The final report on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry was published last week and contains some important observations about how online channels of distribution are transforming consumer goods and digital...more

DOJ Casts Shade on Proposed Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper Sale

by Reed Smith on

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced May 15 that it is investigating the proposed acquisition of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper by the owner of rival publication the Chicago Tribune. As a condition of...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report: 4 Key Takeaways

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The final report indicates future enforcement trends related to vertical restraints, pricing and big data. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (Commission) published its final report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry...more

Digital Single Market: the European Commission Takes Stock and Defines Future Priorities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Commission’s mid-term review assesses the progress of DSM initiatives and sets new goals for on data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its mid-term review...more

More e-commerce investigations around the corner?

by Bryan Cave on

On the 10 May 2017, the EU Commission announced the end of their e-commerce sector inquiry. What is notable about the end of this inquiry is the lack of policy or new legislation following it....more

Not the last word - the final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry

by DLA Piper on

On 10 May 2017, DG Competition of the European Commission (the "Commission") published its final report on the inquiry into the e-commerce sector (launched in May 2015 as part of the Digital Single Market strategy). The...more

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

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

Can Purchasing Efficiencies Save Mega-Mergers? The D.C. Circuit Says “No”

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Efficiencies, economies of scale, and the general desire to improve the customer experience are the lifeblood of all mergers. And one of the most common efficiencies in any deal comes from enhanced purchasing power, or the...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- Missouri Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Charity Over Alleged Misuse of Donations- Missouri AG Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit against Missouri charity Gold Star College Kids Foundation and its founder...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Decision Enjoining Anthem-Cigna Merger; Will the Supreme Court Weigh In?

UPDATE: On May 11, 2017, the Delaware Chancery court denied Anthem’s motion for preliminary injunction to prevent Cigna from withdrawing from the proposed merger, citing Anthem’s slim chance of success and the adequacy of...more

DOJ-Antitrust Revises Guidance on Coverage of "Current" Employees in Company Leniency Agreements

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of Justice's ("DOJ") Antitrust Division historically has extended leniency to cooperating companies and their current employees, even "highly culpable" employees who were very involved in the price-fixing...more

Russia modifies fines for anticompetitive agreements

by DLA Piper on

New amendments to article 14.32 of the Russian Code on Administrative Offences (Amendments) entered into force on 28 April 2017 and establish new penalties for concluding anticompetitive agreements, implementing concerted...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Confirmation Hearing May 10 for Antitrust Division Nominee Makan Delrahim - In late March 2017, President Trump nominated current White House deputy counsel Makan Delrahim to be assistant attorney general for the...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 1

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

It is rare that a North Carolina state court hands down a Chapter 75 decision on “pure” antitrust claims. The North Carolina Business Court, however, recently did just that. This new decision, moreover, may have far-reaching...more

Clorox Seeks Dismissal of Remaining Claims in Woodman’s Food Market Suit

In the latest development in Woodman’s Food Market v. Clorox—the saga between Clorox and Woodman’s that last year generated a landmark Robinson-Patman Act (RP Act) decision by the Seventh Circuit—Clorox is asking the district...more

Australia Adds Indemnities and Limitations of Liability

by Jones Day on

Recent amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2010 (Cth) ("ASIC Act") and the Competition and Consumer Law Act (Cth) ("CC Act") extended the unfair contract terms regime, which previously...more

5 Measures International Auto Companies Can Take to Avoid Being Named in an ITC Complaint

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Automotive Industry is international. That’s no secret. It crosses continents in its industry shows and its proud place in furious pop-culture films. More practically, many companies that operate within the industry have...more

Is There Fire Where There’s Smoke? The FTC Says Yes

In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought suit against Taiwan-based D-Link Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, D-Link Systems Inc, in Los Angeles Federal Court, for failing to properly secure its consumer...more

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