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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Treasury Secretary Calls for Increased Focus on Cybersecurity - New Requirements for ‘Cleared Intelligence’ Contractors - FTC Clarifies Verifiable Parental Consent Methods Under COPPA - Small...more

FTC Updates COPPA FAQs Again – Revisions to Part H Gives App Developers and Parents Welcomed Clarification on Parental Consent

Continuing our Blog’s updates on the Federal Trade Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, we highlight that the FTC revised three portions of “Part...more

"FTC Continues Vigorous Section 5 Enforcement"

On July 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) accepted a consent agreement, subject to final approval, to settle charges with two Internet resellers of Universal Product Code (UPC) barcodes accused of...more

EU Court Says Loyalty Discounts Betray Competition: Ruling Underlines U.S. Differences

Intel's use of loyalty discounts and rebates to computer manufacturers and other actions directed at competitor Advanced Micro Devices violated EU competition law, according to the European Union's (EU) General Court. The...more

DOJ and FTC’s Cybersecurity Policy Statement Should Ease Antitrust Nerves

Several recent and well-publicized cyberattacks have increased the visibility of their threat to businesses’ private financial information and customers’ personal information. The increased attention has also led companies...more

After Actavis: Crafting Pharmaceutical Settlements that Avoid Antitrust Scrutiny

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in FTC v. Actavis cleared the way for more antitrust challenges to settlements between generic and branded pharmaceutical companies resolving Hatch-Waxman patent litigation. As a result,...more

Federal Judge Puts Narcolepsy Drug Horizontal Conspiracy Claims to Bed

On Monday, June 23, 2014, a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment for five pharmaceutical companies on horizontal conspiracy claims brought by Apotex Inc. and direct purchaser and end...more

FTC and DOJ Host Conditional Pricing Programs Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and United States Department of Justice (DOJ) hosted a workshop on June 23, 2014 discussing the law and economics of “conditional pricing” programs. Most panelists were academics, including...more

European Commission Provides insight into possible directions for future EU dual-use export control regime

The European Commission has recently outlined its priorities and suggestions for modernising and improving the EU’s Dual-Use export controls regime in a Communication. The proposed approach focuses on ‘smarter’ controls,...more

Recruiting Practices of Big Tech Companies Result in Antitrust Violations

Since 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division has carried out a series of investigations into a number of high-tech companies accusing them of playing by their own rules and stifling competition with...more

Risk of Data Breaches Keeping You Up? Assess Data Security Before The Holiday Season

Data security breaches marred the 2013 holiday season for many consumers and retailers. The most famous security breach, at Target Corporation (Target), involved the loss of information on 40 million payment cards and...more

EU Court Maintains Tough Stance Against Business Practices by Firms With Strong Market Power

On 12 June 2014, the European Union’s court of first instance, the General Court, in Intel v European Commission (Case T-286/09), condemned a number of Intel’s business practices, including loyalty rebates. The General...more

The General Court's Intel Decision—"Back to the Seventies"

On June 12, 2014, the General Court in Luxembourg upheld the European Commission's 2009 (record) fine of €1.06 billion against Intel for abusing its dominant position in the market for x86 CPU microprocessors by offering...more

Leave My Employees Alone! You Promised You Wouldn’t Hire/Solicit Them

With the antitrust class action against Google, Apple, Intel and other Silicon Valley heavyweights nearly in the books ($300 million plus in settlements and millions more in defense fees later), it is time once again to ask...more

Malvertising: Senate Committee Releases Report

Terms like “web security” and “data breach” are now familiar to most Americans in light of recent, significant issues with the websites and databases of some large U.S. companies. But web security encompasses more than just...more

Policyholders are Exposed to Cyber-Risk from Their Third Party Contracts

The use of third party technology service providers has become widespread and commonplace in all industries. Technology services like “cloud” data storage providers and software as a service (SaaS) allow companies of all...more

"Intel Loses Appeal Against European Antitrust Fine"

In a long-awaited judgment issued on June 12, 2014, the General Court upheld in its entirety the European Commission’s May 13, 2009, decision imposing a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel for abusing a dominant...more

Jumping Into The Actavis Briar Patch — Insight Into How Courts May Structure Reverse Payment Antitrust Proceedings And The...

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION - WHAT ARE REVERSE PAYMENT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS? ..The Basic Framework of Hatch-Waxman Litigation ..The Federal Trade Commission’s View of Reverse Payment Settlements and Its...more

Bad Times for Patent Trolls: What the Government Is Doing to Protect Small Businesses

Patent assertion entities—‘‘PAEs’’ or, if you are in a bad mood, ‘‘patent trolls’’—have been around in one form or another for decades. In the past few years, however, their ranks have grown. According to a U.S. Government...more

FTC Asks Court to Reverse Payment Decision

On May 2, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit requesting that the court reverse the district court’s decision in Lamictal Direct Purchaser...more

Technology Transfer Agreements: EU Promulgates New Antitrust Rules

The licensing of technology is core to the business model of many companies operating in IP-sensitive industries. Its commercial benefits are myriad. For example, it allows a licensor to take advantage of a licensee’s greater...more

The Case of Ophthalmic Drugs in Italy and France: A Lesson to Learn - Parallel Antitrust Investigations and Cooperation Between...

The recent investigations into two pharmaceutical companies active in the ophthalmic drugs market in Italy and France serve as a reminder of the cooperation that takes place between national competition authorities....more

Regulators Speak at IAPP Breakfast Meeting in NYC

Data Breach Incidents—Especially “Ransom” Incidents, are on the Rise—One panelist observed that the New York State Attorney General’s Office received reports of approximately 900 data breach incidents during the past year...more

Tech Titans Settle Wage Antitrust Case

As often happens in the vicinity of courthouse steps, the high-profile Silicon Valley hiring antitrust class-action lawsuit has settled, pending court approval. In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation originally pitted...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Revive Refusal to Deal Monopolization Suit Against Microsoft...

On April 28, 2014, the United States Supreme Court reinforced the prevailing view that monopolists rarely, if ever, have a duty to assist rivals by denying cert. in Novell, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. Novell claimed that...more

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