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President Trump Nominates Joe Simons to Chair the Federal Trade Commission; President Also Nominates Noted Consumer Protection...

President Donald Trump has indicated his intent to nominate Joe Simons, a long-time antitrust lawyer, to chair the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The President also has indicated his intent to nominate Rohit Chopra as an FTC...more

Trump To Nominate Competition-Focused Simons for FTC Chair, CP-Focused Chopra for Commissioner; Reports of Philips for Additional...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

After months of speculation among the consumer protection and antitrust bars, Trump announced today his intention to nominate former Director of the Bureau of Competition and current Paul Weiss partner Joseph Simons as...more

International Competition Network Addresses Bid-Rigging in Government Procurement

In October 2017, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition John Pecman (Commissioner) joined competition law enforcement authorities from around the world in Ottawa for the International Competition Network’s (ICN) 14th annual...more

President Orders FTC to Report on Competition in Healthcare Markets

by Perkins Coie on

On October 12, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order designed to promote choice and competition in healthcare markets. The order was reported as a first step in the administration’s effort to undermine the...more

Trump Nominates Replacement Commissioners

by Jones Day on

As we have previously posted, the ITC currently has two open Commissioner positions after the exits of Commissioners Kieff and Pinkert earlier this year. On September 28, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of...more

Makan Delrahim Confirmed as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Division

After a lengthy confirmation process, Makan Delrahim has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. While President Donald Trump originally announced...more

Antitrust Bills Seek to Thwart Mega Mergers and Expand Antitrust Enforcement

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Democrats have proposed legislation that would make it easier for antitrust agencies to challenge mergers. - The Background: This announcement followed a proposal made in August, known as the "Better...more

China Further Revised Commercial Bribery Law in the Latest Draft Amendments to Anti-Unfair Competition Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The modified draft amendments clarify the scope of commercial bribery, provide helpful exceptions, and increase penalties. Key Points: The Law Committee of the National People’s Congress has released a Second Draft of...more

Senate Democrats Introduce “Better Deal” Antitrust Enforcement Legislation

As part of the effort to rebrand the party and reconnect with working-class voters who were lost in the presidential election, congressional Democrats revealed a new populist policy agenda, titled “A Better Deal: Better Jobs,...more

Compliance News Flash

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

Trump Administration Commences China Section 301 Investigation

by King & Spalding on

On August 14, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum instructing United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to determine whether or not to investigate “any of China’s laws, policies,...more

Health Alert (Australia) 4 September 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 30 August 2017 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Medibank Private Limited [2017] FCA 1006 - In this proceeding,...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Begins In Washington

by King & Spalding on

On August 16, 2017, Canada, Mexico, and the United States formally commenced renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington, DC. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer called it “an...more

"Better Deal" Legislative Proposal Would Overhaul U.S. Antitrust Merger Review

by Jones Day on

A number of Democrats in Congress have proposed to revamp U.S. antitrust law with a "Better Deal" economic plan. The proposed legislation takes aim at large corporations and includes measures that are at odds with decades of...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Third-Party Presidential Candidates’ Antitrust Claims

On August 29, 2017, the D.C. Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision dismissing a suit filed by 2012 third-party presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, their running mates, their campaigns, and the...more

FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division Still Waiting for New Leaders

by Baker Donelson on

While the Senate confirmed more than five dozen individuals chosen by President Trump for senior administration positions in August (shortly before departing for their summer recess), the head leaderships positions at the DOJ...more

As Trump Calls for More “Made in USA” Products, FTC Ramps Up Claim Enforcement

During a campaign-style rally in Arizona last week, President Trump repeated his call for more products to be “Made in the USA.” Not surprisingly, the President did not address the standards that must be met in order for a...more

Senate bill would attach strings to state licensing boards’ antitrust immunity

As we noted last month, the FTC has recently been voicing concerns about potentially anticompetitive actions of state professional licensing boards. Our post also discussed the scope of such boards’ immunity from antitrust...more

Senate Bill Promises Antitrust Immunity to Boards That Reform Licensure in Latest State Action Defense Development

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced a bill that would extend a limited state action immunity to state licensure boards only if states implement reforms that reduce occupational...more

Changes to the Commerce Act: five things you need to know

by DLA Piper on

In our last competition and market regulation update we noted that the Government had failed to progress the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, which was introduced to the house in 2011. The Bill has finally...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The UK Government’s Brexit strategy took another step forward on 13th July 2017 with the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, commonly referred to as the “Great Repeal Bill”. There was not much of a fanfare...more

FDA Reauthorization Act Aims to Speed Product Reviews Through User Fee Funding

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Congress passes sweeping user fee reauthorization bill to fund increased FDA staffing and support commitments to product review timelines. Key Points: ..Congress authorized FDA to collect increased total annual user...more

UK to Study Brexit’s Impact on Competition Law

On 23 July 2017, the UK House of Lords’ EU Internal Market Sub-Committee launched an inquiry into the future of the enforcement of the UK’s competition rules once the UK leaves the European Union. Interested parties are...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - August 2017

by King & Spalding on

USTR Issues NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives - On July 17, 2017, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer released the Trump Administration’s objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade...more

Russia-Iran-North Korea Sanctions: Congress Makes a Statement

by Cozen O'Connor on

In an era when the U.S. Congress can seemingly agree on nothing, both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly last week to expand U.S. sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The ‘‘Countering America’s Adversaries...more

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