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Impact of FTC's Broadened Scope Creeping In On Your E-Business

For retailers who have eBusiness lines, the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) new regulations will affect the way you do business. The amendments in 16 C.F.R. §435 went into effect December 8, 2014. Has your business made...more

[Webinar] Health Care Antitrust Trends In 2015: What Is the Government Really Up To? - April 23rd, 12 pm

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division continue to stake out an aggressive health care antitrust agenda — and they have “the wind at their backs.” In important recent decisions, two...more

American Quarter Horse Association Rule Against Registration of Cloned Horses Found Not To Violate Sherman Act

A Matsushita “Quick Look” Analysis Demonstrates that While Plausible, No Evidence Supports An Actionable Conspiracy or Monopoly. Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture et al. v. Am. Quarter Horse Ass’n, 776 F.3d 321 (5th Cir....more

"Dutch Authority Follows EU by Finding Private Equity Firms Liable for Antitrust Violations of Minority Held Companies"

The Dutch competition authority (the Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM) has issued two decisions imposing fines on private equity firms for the participation of their portfolio company in the so-called flour cartel....more

Recidivism revisited

Court of Justice holds parent companies may be fined for repeat infringements even without being an addressee of the earlier decisions - On 5 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (CoJ) handed down its judgment in...more

China’s New Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue

On March 10, 2015 the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) jointly released a new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue, which will come...more

Canada Lays Corruption and Fraud Charges Against SNC-Lavalin

On February 19, 2015, the RCMP laid corruption and fraud charges against the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., its division SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc., and its subsidiary SNC-Lavalin International Inc. under section 3(1)(b) of the...more

Resolution Of The Plenum Of The Higher Arbitrazh Court On Major And Related Party Transactions

On 16 May 2014 the Plenum of the Higher Arbitrazh Court adopted the resolution "On Certain Issues Related to Challenging Major and Related Party Transactions" ("Resolution 28"). Resolution 28 contains a number of new legal...more

FTC Targeting Trade Associations?

On May 1, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release concerning the antitrust risks involved in trade association activity and cautioned such groups that the Commission continues to maintain an active antitrust...more

Cartel Fines: Liability of Private Equity Funds

The European Commission has held Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for a cartel infringement committed by Prysmian, an Italian cable maker formerly owned by Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm. The decision is a stark...more

Commission Holds Goldman Sachs Liable for Former Portfolio Company’s Antitrust Infringement

In its decision of 2 April 2014 in relation to the underground and submarine high voltage power cables cartel case, the European Commission (Commission) held the parent companies of the producers involved liable, on the basis...more

Amicus Decries “Tortification” Of Contract Law

In For Executives, This May Have Been The Most Frightening Holding Of 2013, I wrote about the Court of Appeal’s decision in Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. v. Actelion Ltd., 222 Cal. App. 4th 945 (2013). Readers may recall that...more

Professional and Trade Association Codes of Ethics Can Lead To Antitrust Trouble

Professional and trade associations contribute to the public welfare in many ways, including disseminating information, promoting research, developing standards and spurring industry initiatives. But such associations...more

What's the One Thing Missing From Your Corporate Compliance Program?

What's the one thing missing from most corporate compliance programs? For a legal perspective, that's the question we put to corporate attorneys writing on JD Supra, asking each to commit to just one essential element...more

Takeovers Panel Decisions: Briefing Notes Publication

These publications will cover the key decisions from the Takeovers Panel and break them down to highlight the key implications and learning points relevant to you. The Briefing Notes will all feature practical takeaway...more

Norman Physician Hospital Organization — Factors Supporting Clinical Integration

Clinical integration is a somewhat imprecisely defined concept in the health care industry. Lawyers and health care executives have identified components and elements of clinical integration and frequently ask how many of...more

Guidelines of the Federal Antimonopoly Service

In this alert we discuss the Guidelines on the Procedure and Technique of Analysis of Joint Venture Agreements Containing Non-Compete Clauses which were approved by the Presidium of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS of...more

United States Supreme Court Victory for St. Louis-Based Monsanto

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, has held in favor of Monsanto on a patent infringement suit arising from the St. Louis-based company's Roundup Ready soybean seeds. Monsanto invented and patented a genetic...more

The Compliance Stepchild: Antitrust

Let’s try and put this all in perspective. Last fiscal year, the Antitrust Division collected over $1 billion in criminal fines and sent a number of senior executives to prison. ...more

Understanding & Mitigating Third Party Corruption Risk Under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

The use of third party agents in international operations or business development, whether consultants, sales representatives, customs brokers, contractors or distributors, is often unavoidable. This may be because the...more

How To Represent Prospective Franchisees And Franchisors

FRANCHISING PRIMER - I. INTRODUCTION - A. In General Franchising is a method of distribution that combines the advantages of a central specialized system with the capital and micro-management of local independent...more

FTC Announces Increased Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

On January 10, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual indexing of the jurisdictional thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) pre-merger notification statute. The new thresholds will apply to all...more

Aggiornamento Normativo: Il Rating Di Legalità

In attuazione dell’art. 5-ter del D.L. 24 gennaio 2012, n. 1 così come modificato dall’art. 1, comma 1-quinquies del D.L. 24 marzo 2012, n. 29, convertito, con modificazioni, in L. 18 maggio 2012, n. 62, il 14 novembre u.s....more

Under Agency Law, Standard Setting Organizations May Be Liable for Antitrust Violations of Their Members

As noted in this recent blog post, in TruePosition, Inc. v. LM Ericsson Telephone Co., No. 11-4574 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 4, 2012), the court held that a Standard Setting Organization (SSO) known as 3GPP may be liable for alleged...more

Doing Business in Canada: Offences Under The Competition Act

The Competition Act, which is Canada’s antitrust legislation, restricts anti-competitive business practices. The Act is designed to ensure fair competition in the Canadian marketplace. Over the last 26 years, the Act has...more

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