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The GPMemorandum, Issue 179 (Distribution Issue)

In this Issue: - Tying And Other Claims By Service Competitor Rejected: A federal court in Arizona has rejected various antitrust claims brought by a servicer of aircraft power units against a manufacturer of...more

ITC Says the Importation of Digital Data Can Constitute Importation of a Patent-Infringing Product

On April 3, 2014, the United States International Trade Commission affirmed that the importation of digital data via electronic transmission can constitute “importation” of a patent-infringing product in violation of Section...more

Competition Bureau Releases Consultation Draft of Price Maintenance Enforcement Guidelines

On March 20, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released for public comment draft enforcement guidelines on the price maintenance provisions found in section 76 of the Competition Act (Draft Guidelines). The Draft...more

EU nears finalisation of new law to promote anti-trust claims

Member States’ ambassadors to the EU, known as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, have endorsed the agreement between the Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament on a proposed new EU...more

Canadian Court Certifies Visa/Mastercard Class Action

In reasons publicly released on Thursday March 27, 2014, Chief Justice Bauman certified two classes of Canadian merchants who allege a price-fixing conspiracy related to Visa and MasterCard interchange fees. As the first...more

German Court Rejects National Competition Authority Liability for Damages After Unlawful Prohibition of a Merger

The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf yesterday dismissed an action for damages of €1.1 billion brought by GN Store Nord against the German Federal Cartel Office. The judgment sheds some light on the possibility for...more

"EU Institutions Reach Compromise on EU Directive on Private Damage Actions"

On March 18, 2014, representatives of the European Commission (the Commission), the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a compromise in relation to key provisions of the proposed EU Directive on...more

Where To Bring Damages Claims In EU Int’l Cartel Cases?

As Europe continues to open its door to private damages actions, questions arise as to where to bring claims against international cartelists. In this article, we provide a simplified overview of the highly complex set of...more

Court Orders Rogers to Pay $500,000 Competition Act Penalty and Provides Guidance on Remedies

On February 24, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision regarding remedies in Canada (Commissioner of Competition) v. Chatr Wireless Inc. The Court’s decision provides important judicial guidance on...more

Voluntary Restitution Programs and Class Action Exposure: Lessons from the Hyundai/Kia Consumer Class Action Settlements

In many misleading advertising and consumer protection cases, a company that discovers a regulatory breach will self-report to the Competition Bureau or other law enforcement agencies, and implement a voluntary compensation...more

Private Actions in Competition Law: Recent Developments

Private damages actions in competition law continue to mature across Europe, with the past few months seeing some significant developments at both a national and supra-national level. This note summarises the main...more

Collective Redress Likely to Become a Reality in Belgium

The Belgian Government has today submitted a draft federal bill on collective redress for approval in the parliament. If passed, it will introduce collective redress into Belgian legislation for the first time. It will also...more

Sixth Circuit Vacates Class Certification in Detroit Nurses Antitrust Case

On January 6, 2014, the Sixth Circuit vacated a class certification order for reconsideration in light of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Comcast v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013). In re VHS of Michigan, Inc., No....more

BREAKING NEWS: FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple

Apple Agrees to Pay Consumers At Least $32.5 Million to Settle Complaint of Unfair Billing Related to Children’s In-App Charges - FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc....more

“Operation Failed Resolution:” FTC Seeks Media Outlets’ Help to Police Deceptive Weight Loss Ads

In the wake of settlements between the FTC and four weight loss product purveyors relating to the companies’ advertising tactics, the FTC has issued updated guidance for media outlets regarding the publication of...more

A Peek Around the Curtain: A False Claims Act Settlement for Avoiding Customs Charges

On November 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a False Claims Act settlement with Basco Manufacturing Company, a maker of shower enclosures, for $1.1 million related to misstatements on U.S. Customs and Border...more

Issues To Consider Before Monetizing Standard-Essential Patents By Sale Or Enforcement

Companies that participate in standard setting organizations (“SSOs”) typically agree to license any patents essential to practice the standard on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (“RAND” or, adding fair, “FRAND”...more

New York Court Affirms Jury Verdict Against Chinese Manufacturers Of Vitamin C, Awards Attorneys' Fees To Plaintiffs

In a recently released decision, a federal court in New York has declined to overturn a jury’s $153.3 million verdict against vitamin C manufacturer Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical and its parent, North China Pharmaceutical...more

Give It Back! Disgorgement – Another FTC Arrow against Reverse-Payment Settlements that Delay Generic Entry

If the uncertainty that the Supreme Court’s Actavis decision injected into the world of reverse-payment settlement litigation wasn’t enough to get your attention, then the FTC’s recent effort to obtain disgorgement from...more

Regulatory Risk: Pharmaceutical sector — clarification on approach to market definition for prescription medicines

SUMMARY - A decision handed down by the UK Court of Appeal earlier this month provides useful guidance on the correct approach to defining the market in relation to pharmaceutical products. The Court of Appeal held...more

Injunctive Relief, but not Damages Class, Certified in NCAA Student-Athlete Litigation

In In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160739 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 8, 2013) (Wilken, J.)., the Court certified a class of current and former student-athletes seeking injunctive...more

Supreme Court Certifies Price-Fixing Class Actions Brought by Indirect Purchasers; Confirms Low Evidentiary Threshold for...

On October 31, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) released its decisions in Pro Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corporation (“Pro-Sys”), Sun Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Company (“Sun-Rype”),...more

Private Antitrust Litigation in the UK

Companies that have suffered losses from an infringement of EU or national EU Member State competition laws have expanding options for attempting to recover those losses. EU competition enforcement policy in recent years,...more

Antitrust Treble Damages for Patent Infringement? Yes, According to Groundbreaking Decision

The Eastern District of Texas recently held that patent infringement can constitute anticompetitive conduct for monopolization claims under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, in Retractable Technologies Inc. v. Becton Dickinson &...more

Europe Advancing Victims' Rights in Antitrust Actions

On June 11, 2013, the European Commission (E.C.) took another big step in its ongoing effort to make it easier for victims of antitrust violations in the European Union to seek damages for their injuries. It proposed...more

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