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Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Reporting Thresholds Increase

On January 26, the Federal Trade Commission published the annual adjustment of the thresholds that trigger premerger reporting obligations (and the mandatory waiting period) under the Hart-Scott Rodino (HSR) Act. The new...more

Is "Plausibility" a Rorschach Test? The Fourth Circuit's Divided Opinion on Twombly's Motion to Dismiss Standard

A recent Fourth Circuit cases demonstrates the inherently subjective nature of the "plausibility" standard used to evaluate a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6). This standard, first articulated by the Supreme Court in...more

Wyndham Settles with FTC

Last month, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. settled its lengthy civil case with the Federal Trade Commission. The suit began in 2012, when the FTC sued Wyndham and three of its subsidiaries, alleging three data breaches between 2008...more

Trademark Bully or Not?

Chrysler and Moab Industries LLC (“Moab”) have been battling over the Moab mark for years. Moab holds the federally registered trademark Moab Industries®. Its business involves customization or uplifting vehicles—primarily...more

Pennsylvania Still Requires Separate Consideration for Restrictive Covenant Agreements

In a much anticipated decision released on November 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania closed the door—if it was ever open—on any arguments doing away with the separate consideration required for restrictive covenant...more

Alert: FTC Focuses on Lead Generation Practices in Higher Education and Ed Tech

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission conducted a workshop in Washington, DC on lead generation practices, with a specific consumer protection focus on activities in the higher education sector including...more

Court of Appeal Sets Aside Order for Disclosure of Unredacted Commission Decision and Orders Strike Out of Economic Tort-Based...

On 14 October 2015 the Court of Appeal (CoA) handed down its judgment on appeals against orders made by Peter Smith J arising out of an alleged cartel for airfreight services. First, the CoA said the High Court was not...more

English Court of Appeal Decision Limits Scope for Global Anti-Trust Claims

On 14 October 2015, the English Court of Appeal handed down an important judgment relating to private anti-trust actions. Emerald Supplies & Others v British Airways1 is one of the largest and most complex pieces of...more

[Webinar] Provider Networks: Avoiding Antitrust Trouble - Oct. 15th, 10:00am PDT

The Affordable Care Act encourages providers to collaborate to improve health care. But the antitrust enforcement agencies have warned providers that “too much” collaboration can run afoul of the antitrust laws. How do...more

Third Circuit Wraps Up Chocolate Price-Fixing Case

On September 15, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment decision in In re Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation, which we reported on last year....more

Antitrust Matters - September 2015

Antitrust investigations are no longer limited to a nation’s borders, or even to a region. Enforcers are more and more sharing information and coordinating their investigative efforts as they strive to uniformly enforce the...more

Tenth Circuit Rules that False Advertising Plaintiffs Must Alleged Evidence of Implied Falsity and Quantify Damages at Pleading...

In a Lanham Act false advertising action by cosmetic surgeons against plastic surgeons – yes, those are two different things – the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an August 31 opinion, affirmed dismissal of Lanham Act...more

FTC Closing Letter Provides Good Data Security Reminder

Last week, the FTC sent a closing letter to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”) relating to the agency’s investigation over whether Morgan Stanley engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices by failing to...more

FTC Wins Lawsuit Over Its Robocall Contest

In 2012, the FTC sponsored a contest in which it invited contestants to submit their best solutions to block robocalls. After reviewing almost 800 entries, the FTC announced two winners. As we posted previously, though, one...more

[Webinar] International Trade and Antitrust — Clarity Put on Hold as FTAIA Conflict/Confusion Continues - July 30, 12:00pm CT

More than 30 years since the enactment of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), it continues to be characterized by confusion about the application of U.S. antitrust laws to international trade, which is the...more

Mobile App Developer Settles with FTC and New Jersey AG Over Virtual Currency Mining

On June 29, a mobile app developer entered into an agreement with the FTC and the New Jersey AG to settle allegations that the developer engaged in deceptive and unfair practices by marketing its rewards app, called “Prized,”...more

Reforming Trade Secret Protections in Japan

Theft of corporate trade secrets continues to dominate the headlines as news abounds of stories ranging from crippling cyber-attacks exposing confidential data to employees stealing trade secrets to share with competitors. ...more

July Antitrust Bulletin

On June 29, 2015, Sysco Corp. announced that it was pulling the plug on its $3.5 billion proposed merger with US Foods Inc. The news comes less than a week after a Washington, D.C., federal judge concluded that the Federal...more

King Drug Co. of Florence, Inc. v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. (3rd Cir. 2015)

Ever since the Supreme Court's decision in FTC v. Actavis in 2013, courts (predominantly district courts) have grappled with the scope of the decision. It was evident that the presence of a large cash payment from the...more

[Webinar] Antitrust and Competition - June 30, 1:00 CDT

Join us as Robins Kaplan attorneys Meegan Hollywood and William Reiss provide an introduction to the fundamentals of federal antitrust and competition law. The program will focus on the basic statutory framework of antitrust...more

Second Circuit Refuses to Stay Injunction During American Express Appeal

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected American Express Co.’s request to stay an injunction ordered by a judge in the Eastern District of New York which prevented Amex from imposing certain...more

That is SO last week - June 2015 #2

Over the past couple of weeks, payroll giant ADP and successful HR startup Zenefits got into what The Starr Conspiracy has called a “kerfuffle” over Zenefits’ use of ADP’s employer data and millions of employees’ personal...more

FTC Announces First Action Involving Crowdfunding

Last week, the FTC announced its first legal action involving crowdfunding. For those of you who don’t know, crowdfunding is the practice of raising money for a project by seeking contributions from a large number of people,...more

Crowdfunding Project Creator Settles FTC Charges of Deception

In the FTC's first case involving crowdfunding, the agency took action against a project creator who was ostensibly raising money from consumers to produce a board game, but instead used most of the funds on himself....more

Tailoring the Suit: Plaintiffs File Amended Complaint in Nordstrom Rack Price-Tag False Advertising Lawsuit

Nordstrom Rack has recently found itself at the center of an unwelcome suit over its labeling practices. Nordstrom Rack discloses the savings it offers customers by placing “compare at” labels on its price tags which show two...more

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