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FTC Announces 2017 Thresholds for Merger Control Filings Under the HSR Act and Interlocking Directorates Under the Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar jurisdictional thresholds in Section 7A of the Clayton Act and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR...more

Higher Filing Thresholds for HSR Act Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates Announced

1. Higher Thresholds For HSR Filings - On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised, higher thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The...more

"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Annual HSR Merger Notification Threshold Adjustments Announced

On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (the HSR Act). These thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in...more

Changes to Polish Antimonopoly Law in a Nutshell

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, “UOKiK”) has recently published its 2015 annual report presenting its first experiences with the recent amendments to Polish...more

"Agencies Release Updated Guidelines for IP Licensing and International Enforcement and Cooperation"

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) issued revised Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property...more

FTC Announces Two Telemarketing Cases

On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it filed two lawsuits against more than a dozen individual and corporate defendants allegedly coordinated by two individuals. In the complaints, the FTC...more

DAMITT 2016 Year in Review: Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Longer Than Ever; Deal Agreements Reflect Expected Delays

Fast Facts - Significant merger investigations lasted an average of 9.9 months in 2016, a new DAMITT record. - The 33 significant investigations in 2016 were the second most in the past six years, but down...more

Alert: New Federal Law Prohibits Non-Disparagement Provisions in Form Contracts

A new federal law provides protection for US consumers who post negative reviews online.1 The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 (the "Act") prohibits companies from including provisions in their form agreements that ban or...more

Will Trump Relax DOJ's Enforcement of Antitrust Laws?

The Obama Administration has made enforcement of the antitrust laws a priority and has aggressively pursued criminal and civil enforcement actions against large corporations for perceived antitrust violations relating to...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Prevents Companies From Stifling Negative Consumer Reviews

Troubled by the effect of inaccurate or unfair negative online reviews of their businesses, some companies have inserted "anti-disparagement clauses" into their consumer-facing contracts. From the start, these clauses have...more

Circuit Split on Certification: How far can evidence of price-fixing carry antitrust plaintiffs?

Manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated products have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on a Circuit split concerning the impact of negotiated prices on class certification in antitrust cases brought under Section 1...more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of...

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2017

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report that examines what the litigation, enforcement, and regulatory landscape will look like in 2017. Inside, you will learn about: - Managing warranty, recall, and...more

Online Reviewers Get New Protections

Your business booked a large charity event. However, the customer contact turns out to be a nightmare. She complains (during and after the event) that the service was slow, the food looked and tasted like a frozen meal, and...more

[Event] Recent Developments in EU Antitrust Enforcement - Jan. 17th, Silicon Valley - Jan. 18th, San Francisco - Jan. 19th, Los...

This seminar will address key antitrust and competition issues affecting the European market now....more

New guidance on pricing practices in consumer dealings

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has, at the request of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), published new guidance aimed at preventing misleading and confusing pricing tactics used by...more

Federal District Court finds brand-name manufacturer’s alleged regulatory delay tactics a valid theory of attempted monopolization

In a recent decision denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss, Judge Mitchell Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania allowed the manufacturer of a generic version of Suboxone to proceed upon an interesting theory...more

The Economic-Loss Rule: Conflicting Signals

As we have discussed before, courts in North Carolina have not agreed on how the economic-loss rule applies, if at all, to claims under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. Two recent decisions by the North Carolina Court of...more

Trade Secrets Litigation Likely to Surge in 2017 Under the DTSA

In 2016, Congress drastically changed trade secret law with the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the DTSA) that creates a federal civil action for trade secret theft, and we expect plenty of trade secret...more

May Old Memoranda Be Forgot: White House Issues New Memorandum on Breach Response Plan

The White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) marked the beginning of the 2017 Federal calendar year by issuing a memorandum to all agency and department heads with new guidance on breach preparation and response....more

FTC Files Lawsuit Against Taiwanese Manufacturer for Alleged Lax Security in Wireless Routers and Cameras and Related Marketing...

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that a networking equipment manufacturer engaged in unfair and deceptive acts, exposing thousands of consumers to the risk of cyberattack from...more

FTC Settles Data Breach Case with AshleyMadison for $1.6 Million

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled with online dating website AshleyMadison.com for $1.6 million stemming from FTC and state actions brought against the company as a result of a July 2015 data breach that exposed...more

Antitrust & Distribution Alert - The End of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

On 31 March 2017, the EU Insurance Block Exemption Regulation n° 267/2010 (“IBER”) will expire and will not be renewed. Therefore, the types of cooperation it covered will fall under the general rules of competition...more

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