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EU Retail News - June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice ("CAP") puts its foot down on how companies can advertise to children online. In recent months, CAP has published a multitude of guidance to...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 9th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 9, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of stories. Airline Surcharge Challenged [DIRECT BOOKING] - ("IAG Flight-Booking Surcharge...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 2nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 2, 2017 is below. A short update this week: Expedia Defends (Again) Billboard Effect [OTA]. In the latest salvo regarding the existence of...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

Italy Follows France and Germany in Investigating Big Data

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Italian Competition Authority, together with the national regulators for communications and data protection, opened a joint market investigation on Big Data. The investigation appears to be wide-ranging, covering not only...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

EU Retail News - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Fashion is all about making the old new again, and the well-established concept of a joint venture as a mechanism to extend a brand’s global reach is currently on trend explains Carol Osborne. What is new about the latest...more

€110 million fine for Facebook by the European Commission for providing misleading information during WhatsApp merger review

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) announced on May 18, 2017, that it was fining Facebook €110 million for providing misleading or incorrect information during the review of the social network’s acquisition of WhatsApp in...more

European Commission Approves Microsoft Acquisition of LinkedIn Subject to Conditions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 6 December 2016, the European Commission cleared the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, subject to Microsoft granting LinkedIn’s competitors access to certain LinkedIn tools....more

EU Retail News - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Considering a Retail Merger? The UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. ...more

Foreign Importer Hanging by a Thread, but International Trade Commission Cuts It Off

The International Trade Commission recently issued a general exclusion order barring the importation of bed sheets with falsely advertised thread counts as a remedy for Section 337 violations. The decision in In re Certain...more

European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

by Jones Day on

Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...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

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of...more

The French Competition Authority imposes record fine for gun jumping practices

by White & Case LLP on

On 8 November 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing that it imposed a fine of EUR 80 million on the Altice Group (Altice Luxembourg and SFR Group) for implementing two transactions...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

by K&L Gates LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — Russian Federation

by White & Case LLP on

Russia targets 45 "strategic activities" that trigger a national review. The Government Commission on Control Over Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation (the Government Commission), which was established by the...more

EU Competition Newsletter - November 2016

by Bryan Cave on

The European Commission issues Statement of Objections against Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal over “anticompetitive” codesharing arrangements - The European Commission have expressed concern over the possible...more

Misleading Terms & Conditions and Unfair Contract Terms: The Italian Competition Authority Opens Two Investigations against...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 28 October 2016, the Italian Competition Authority (the “Authority”) opened two investigations against WhatsApp Inc. for alleged unfair commercial practices. The first investigation by the Authority alleges that WhatsApp...more

“E-Commerce must live up to its promise…”

These are the words of Europe’s chief antitrust enforcer, Margrethe Vestager, introducing the Commission’s public hearing on October 6, 2016, on its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry. The promise of...more

Resource for Doing Business in the U.S. – Installment #8 – Consumer Protection

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Almost everyone approaching the U.S. consumer market has heard nightmares about lawsuits and read damaging headlines from consumer claims. These range from industry wide antitrust investigations to criminal indictments for...more

Telecoms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – An Overview

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the largest information communication and technology market in the Middle East by both capital volume and spending. It is dominated by the Saudi Telecom Company (“STC”), Mobily and Zain,...more

European Commission gives preliminary views on competition issues in e-commerce

by Reed Smith on

On 15 September the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The Commission has conducted a wide ranging survey of manufacturers, distributors and retailers, price comparison...more

Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry: Key findings

by DLA Piper on

On 15 September 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. Although the Report is preliminary, its findings already highlight concerns on the part of the European...more

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