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Hints of a Narrowing of the FTC’s Section 5 Authority Under a Trump Presidency

The transition of power from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is underway. Although President-Elect Trump did not lay out specific policy prescriptions about data privacy or consumer protection during...more

LabMD Scores Early Win in FTC Appeal

The fight between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, the defunct medical testing lab, entered a new chapter late yesterday. In a 13-page ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said that LabMD’s...more

Plus Feature - OUCH

When plaintiffs’ counsel settle a massive antitrust class action for $244 million, they should be happy, right? One would think so, unless their $72.3 million fee request is cut by the court to $48,825,000 in the...more

Brexit: Potential Implications for International Arbitration in London

This note discusses the reasons why Brexit is unlikely to adversely impact London’s position as a leading centre for international arbitration. It further sets out some of the areas in which international arbitration in...more

The Eighth Circuit Extinguishes Claims of Continuing Conduct in Propane Tank Conspiracy

Before plaintiffs could light the pilot on antitrust claims against two propane tank distributors, a split Eighth Circuit panel cut the gas. In doing so, the majority espoused a narrow view of the applicability of the...more

Searching for Causation in ACTOS Complaint

How explicitly must a complaint sounding in antitrust allege causation? At oral argument last week, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit evaluated the sufficiency of the plaintiffs’ allegations that certain Takeda...more

POM Wonderful Returns – Lanham Act False Advertising Claim Against Home Pregnancy Tests Not Precluded by FDCA

On September 9, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an interesting decision in a false advertising case involving a dispute between competitors in the home pregnancy testing market. Church & Dwight Co. v....more

Anti-Monopoly Disputes Are Not Arbitrable According to Chinese Court

On August 29, the Jiangsu Provincial Higher People's Court ruled that an arbitration clause did not apply to an anti-monopoly dispute in a 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) case brought by a distributor against a manufacturer....more

Private Antitrust Damage Actions in China: An Emerging Force?

China has emerged as a global power in merger review with surprising speed. Does the surge in private antitrust litigation suggest a similar pattern? Introduction - This Client Alert provides a general description...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

FTC Scrutinizes Dual Distributor Communications

A dual distribution relationship does not protect against Section 5 liability for an invitation to collude. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged a company with violating Section 5 of the FTC...more

Second Circuit: Aluminum End Users Lack Antitrust Standing; Price Manipulation Claims Against Traders and Warehouses Foiled

Last week, in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) rejected a claim by certain downstream end-users of aluminum that their price manipulation...more

No More Tears (Enough is Enough)… Ending the Debate About Unlawful Means in Conspiracy Torts

It was 1983. The Police’s Every Breath You Take was top of the charts. Return of the Jedi was tearing up the box office. And the Supreme Court of Canada released that seminal case seared into every competition litigator’s...more

The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were...more

[Webinar] Developments in the LIBOR antitrust MDL case - August 23rd, 12:30pm CST

You’re invited to join Stacey Slaughter (Partner) and Geoffrey Kozen (Associate), members of the Robins Kaplan LLP Business and Litigation group for a live webinar. Stacey and Geoffrey will provide and track basic information...more

Advertising Law - August 2016

Court Awake To Plaintiff’s Deceptive Sleep-Tracking Claims Against Fitbit - A challenge to Fitbit’s claims that certain models of its exercise monitoring device tracked users’ sleep patterns will move forward after a...more

ITC Puts 337 Case on Imports of Steel on Hold

On April 26, the United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that certain unfair trade practices relating to the import of steel carbon and alloy steel...more

FTC Slaps Down ALJ’s Data Security Ruling in LabMD, Sets Broad Mandate for Protection of “Sensitive” Consumer Data

In a sweeping statement of its data security expectations for organizations that maintain consumer information, the Federal Trade Commission on Friday found that LabMD, the defunct medical testing lab, failed to employ...more

FTC Data Security Standards: Final Order in the ASUSTeK Case; No Mercy for LabMD

The Federal Trade Commission, continuing its quest to be the enforcer of consumer privacy rights, has come down hard this month on ASUSTeK and LabMD for their failure to have adequate data security standards. Because the FTC...more

Unfair Competition in the Wine Industry

California counties are increasingly using California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) to bring government enforcement actions against local businesses for myriad reasons. California’s UCL is extremely broad, encompassing...more

Court Awards $3M Sanction and Adverse Inference for Spoliation in Antitrust Case

On July 6, 2016, Judge Leonard P. Stark, of the federal district court in Delaware, ordered a $3 million punitive monetary sanction, and an adverse inference jury instruction, against antitrust defendant Plantronics after...more

Michigan Supreme Court Holds That the Federal “Rule of Reason” Applies in Evaluating the Enforceability of Noncompete Agreements...

The Michigan Antitrust Reform Act (MARA) contains a specific provision, MCL 445.774a, that governs the enforceability of noncompete agreements between employees and employers. MARA does not, however, provide standards for...more

After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR)...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #2

VW Will Pay $14.7B in Largest FTC False Ad Suit - Volkswagen made a $14.7 billion deal with the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the California Attorney General over charges that the auto...more

Torts – Intentional Interference With Contractual Relations and Intentional Interference With Prospective Economic Advantage –...

Dan Popescu v. Apple Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (July 1, 2016) - The elements of the two separate but related torts of intentional interference with contractual relations (contract...more

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