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Annual HSR Merger Notification Threshold Adjustments Announced

On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (the HSR Act). These thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in...more

Changes to Polish Antimonopoly Law in a Nutshell

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, “UOKiK”) has recently published its 2015 annual report presenting its first experiences with the recent amendments to Polish...more

Will Trump Relax DOJ's Enforcement of Antitrust Laws?

The Obama Administration has made enforcement of the antitrust laws a priority and has aggressively pursued criminal and civil enforcement actions against large corporations for perceived antitrust violations relating to...more

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

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

New guidance on pricing practices in consumer dealings

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has, at the request of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), published new guidance aimed at preventing misleading and confusing pricing tactics used by...more

Protecting Large, National Customers in Merger Enforcement—A Temporary Trend?

The past year has seen some significant and interesting challenges brought by the federal antitrust agencies in the merger space. There has been evidence for years of the agencies’ aggressive willingness to litigate. And...more

Assessing the Trump Administration’s Approach to Antitrust and Unfair Competition

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the helm of the executive branch of the federal government, many are asking how he will approach antitrust regulation. Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans are more...more

2016 Antitrust Case Law And FTC Action Highlights FTC Agency’s Approach To Hospital Mergers

In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission prevailed in litigation before the Third and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal related to two high-profile hospital mergers. In both cases, the courts of appeal overturned the federal...more

The Freedom to Yelp: Congress Curbs ToS Overreach

Worried about a company retaliating against you when you post a negative review on Yelp or TripAdvisor? Worry no longer because Congress has your back. Last week, Congress passed a law that will make it illegal for companies...more

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

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