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CMA Investigates Asset Management Sector

by Dechert LLP on

Following the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) final report on the asset management market study in June 2017, it has decided to make a Market Investigation Reference to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on...more

FTC Takes Hard Line on Social Media Endorsements: Disclose, Disclose, Disclose... (It Matters Given Growing Reliance on Social...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has unequivocally signaled this month that compliant endorsements on social media remain a high priority for this US consumer protection agency because endorsements carry weight and affect...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

FTC Settles Charges Regarding Privacy Shield Noncompliance

by Morgan Lewis on

On September 8, 2017, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three US companies have reached a settlement regarding charges that the companies misled consumers in connection with their participation in the EU-US...more

The Latest Influencer Advertising Tips from the FTC – When, How & Where to Make Effective Disclosures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As we blogged about earlier this month, the FTC seems to have spent much of its summer checking out influencer advertising and focusing its attention on those who fail to make the necessary disclosures of material connections...more

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Auto Body Shops’ Antitrust Claims Against Insurers

In a 2-1 decision issued on September 7, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing antirust claims brought by auto body shops against a group of car insurance companies in the In re Auto Body...more

European Commission proposes a Regulation establishing a framework for the review of foreign direct investments into the EU

by White & Case LLP on

Key Takeaways - Regulation introduces an EU review process with screening rights for the Commission, but without enforcement powers - Impact of Regulation expected to be largely procedural; practical consequences...more

CJEU clarifies the treatment of non-full-function joint ventures under EU merger control law (Austria Asphalt)

by White & Case LLP on

On 7 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU" or "Court") delivered its judgment following the Austrian Supreme Court's (Oberster Gerichtshof) request for a preliminary ruling, seeking clarification...more

New Merger Thresholds for Italian Transactions

by Jones Day on

The Background: On August 2, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Law on Market and Competition, which provided a new set of pre-merger filing thresholds. After publication of the law in the Official Gazette on August...more

FTC Settles Social Media Influencer Investigation With CSGO Lotto

On Sept. 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made public its settlement with YouTubers Trevor “TmarTn” Martin, Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell and their company CSGOLotto, Inc. (“Respondents”), over allegations of multiple...more

Preloaded Adware That Risked User Data Costs Lenovo $3.5 Million

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Lenovo Inc. agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it installed monitoring and advertising software on its laptops. The lawsuit was brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and 32 state...more

European Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update

by Morgan Lewis on

A primer on avoiding procedural breaches in EU Merger Control. The European Commission (Commission) is cracking down on parties that break procedural rules in transactions subject to European Union (EU) merger control. A...more

The life sciences industry under the antitrust spotlight in China: two practical points

by Hogan Lovells on

The simple fact is that the Chinese antitrust regulators are determined to up their enforcement activities in the life sciences industry. Almost immediately after drug pricing was liberalised in 2015, an antitrust enforcement...more

THE LATEST: DOJ’s Packaged Seafood Probe Yields Conditional Leniency Applicant

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Monday, September 11, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, the US subsidiary of Thai Union Group, announced it blew the whistle on competitors in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation of the packaged seafood industry. The...more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....more

When are prices "excessive": did the Latvian competition authority strike the right note?

by Dentons on

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has just ruled that competition regulators have a "certain margin for manoeuvre" in deciding whether prices are excessive, and that there is no single adequate method for such an...more

Disclose or Else: FTC Steps Up Prosecution of Social Media Influencers

Last week, the FTC brought its first action against a social media influencer for failing to make appropriate disclosures on sponsored posts. While it had previously prosecuted companies who pay influencers for posts such as...more

Competition News

by Dentons on

A look back on a decision imposing a fine on Facebook for having provided the European Commission with inaccurate information on its acquisition of WhatsApp - On May 18, 2017, the European Commission imposed a €110 million...more

German Government Expresses Reservations About Alleged Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership

by Dentons on

In July 2017, the German Government released a statement on common ownership. The statement responds to a report by the German Monopolies Commission (an independent advisory body composed of experts which publishes regular...more

Federal Judge Declares the Rule of Reason Will Apply in Criminal Antitrust Case and Dismisses the Case as Barred Under the Statute...

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 28, a Utah federal judge held in United States v. Kemp & Associates, et al. that he will apply the rule of reason standard in a criminal prosecution against an heir-locator company for allegedly colluding with its...more

Influencing the Influencers: FTC Updates Its Endorsement Guide FAQs

On Sept. 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its answers to a series of frequently asked questions, in its “Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking” (the “Updated FAQs”), about its “Guides Concerning the...more

No Traction: Authorities Drop Antitrust Investigation into Italy's Long-Term Car Rental Sector

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Italian Competition Authority has closed an antitrust investigation into the alleged anticompetitive exchange of information by 16 operators in the long-term car rental market and their industry...more

Only 'full-function' joint ventures subject to EU merger control: C-248/16 Austria Asphalt v Bundeskartellanwalt

by DLA Piper on

On 7 September 2017 the EU Court of Justice ruled that the creation of a joint venture is subject to merger control only where the target company is 'full-function' - i.e. an autonomous economic entity. The Court clarified...more

Warning from the U.S. Antitrust Agencies: Remain Compliant with Antitrust Laws During Post-Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (collectively, the “Agencies”) released antitrust guidance for post-hurricane relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes...more

Washington State AG Alleges Price Fixing and Sues to Break Up Rapidly Expanding Health System

by Mintz Levin on

After five years of growth through a series of acquisitions, the Washington State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit to thwart and unwind the most recent expansion efforts of Franciscan Health System (“CHI Franciscan”)...more

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