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Less Is More: European Commission Gives Boost to the Collaborative Economy

Sometimes, what’s omitted is more important than what’s included. And never more so than in relation to EU regulation and compliance. Providers of peer-to-peer platforms may have feared that a desire by the EU to...more

Digital Single Market Update: European Commission Concludes No New Regulation for Online Platforms

Online platforms have transformed the way we live and work and, as a result, platform operators have become some of the world’s leading brands. But the EU is concerned that Europe is not currently keeping pace with the U.S....more

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Formally Adopted

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the Privacy Shield, a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union (EU) and certain countries of the European Economic Area...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.20.16

We’ve heard about VW’s $15 billion settlement to resolve US claims by owners and regulators, but a spate of recent state AG-led actions shows that the fallout from the emissions cheating scandal is far from over. NY, MA, and...more

A right in Germany to sell through online marketplaces?

On 18 July 2016, Germany moved another step closer to enshrining a right for distributors in selective distribution systems to sell over online marketplaces. This is not sudden move by the German courts, in fact we have...more

Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

EU Retail News - July 2016

BREXIT – THE NEXT STEPS - Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past –...more

Banks Speak: LIBOR Plaintiffs Are Not Efficient Enforcers Of Antitrust Laws

As our loyal readers know, on May 23, 2016, the Second Circuit issued a decision in the In re: LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation vacating the District Court’s prior decision dismissing one case in this...more

Collusion on the catwalk: have the UK’s top modelling agencies breached competition law?

On the 25th May 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) issued a statement of objections to five of Britain’s most prestigious modelling agencies alleging an infringement of Chapter I of the Competition Act...more

Anti-Competitive Conduct Claims In ITC Section 337 Cases

Last week in Investigation No. 337-TA-1002 (certain carbon and alloy steel products); the U.S. International Trade Commission instituted an investigation of imported steel products from China. The investigation will include...more

Social Media Competitions in the UK: Play Fair

With 1.65 billion users on Facebook, 332 million users on Twitter and 400 million on Instagram, it is unsurprising that many companies are seeking to increase brand awareness and customer engagement by running competitions...more

Polish Competition Authority Supports UBER

On 5 May 2016, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) published a position paper in which it expressed its opinion on Uber’s operations on the Polish market for transportation services....more

Changes in the regulatory control of the pharmaceutical market - Q1 2016 Review

Until January 1, 2017, for confirming the state registration of a foreign medicinal product, it is permitted to present a certificate of GMP ?ompliance (obtained in the country of origin) to the applicable GMP standards in...more

Insurer Antitrust Exemption in Europe in Jeopardy

In the United States, the McCarran Ferguson Act provides insurers with an exemption from the federal antitrust laws. Enacted in 1945, the Act provides that conduct that constitutes the "business of insurance" is outside the...more

Tobacco Cases Expose Tension Between Antitrust and Public Health

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) regarding the sale of tobacco products highlights a long-standing tension between two sets of laws: antitrust/competition laws, which seek to keep products affordable...more

Consequences for those involved in cartel conduct increasing in Australia and abroad

Companies and individuals who breach prohibitions against cartel conduct face increasing levels of fines and other penalties in Australia and overseas. In this article, we outline expected developments in Australia this year,...more

Antitrust Division Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Individuals Behind International Cartels

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is vigorously pursuing civil and criminal actions against individuals—and not simply the companies they run. Just last month, Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer...more

EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking

On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a widespread use of geo-blocking throughout retailers in the EU. The findings reaffirm the...more

Brexit – Legal Consequences For Commercial Parties: Gaining Or Losing The Competitive Edge? Implications For Competition Law...

Now that the UK is on the path to an “in-out” referendum on 23 June, this paper looks at the impact of a Brexit on competition policy and enforcement in the UK, and generally in the European Union (“EU”). EU competition...more

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Second Circuit to Decide Appeal From Cartel Defendants Who Argued Compliance With...

On January 28, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments on whether the doctrines of act of state, foreign sovereign compulsion, and international comity required the reversal of a jury’s...more

No consensus on Privacy Shield following debate on adequacy

The EU-US Privacy Shield remains a hotly debated issue. At a meeting at the European Parliament last week, it became evident that significant areas of disagreement remain between the European Commission, the European...more

Opt-out class actions in the UK – off the blocks, on a mobility scooter

A new opt-out class action regime was introduced into the UK on 1 October 2015 under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "CRA"). Since then, practitioners have been waiting patiently; intrigued to see when the first claim would...more

Potential Antitrust Implications of Most Favored Nation Clauses

Both in the automotive and other industries, parties have turned to most favored nation (MFN) clauses—or clauses having the same effect—as a means to assure the lowest possible input costs. MFN clauses offer pro-competitive,...more

"German Competition Regulator Investigates Facebook for Alleged Violation of Data Protection Laws"

The German Federal Cartel Office (the FCO) has announced that it has initiated proceedings against Facebook for the company’s alleged abuse of its dominant position in a market for social networks. The FCO appears to...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Text Published: Imposes New Obligations on U.S. Entities that Seek Data Transfers from the EU

The European Commission (EC) has released details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a new framework under which personal data may be transferred from the European Union (EU) to the United States. The Privacy Shield replaces the...more

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