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SawStop Dismissal Explained: Opinion Crosscutting SawStop’s Antitrust Lawsuit Released

Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia recently issued a Memorandum Opinion following up on his June 27, 2014 order dismissing the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC....more

ITC Section 337 Update – July 2014

Commission Enforcing General Policy In Favor Of Transparency With Respect To Settlement Agreements – On July 7, 2014, Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea issued Order No. 66 in Certain Integrated Circuit Devices...more

District Court Pares Down Price Discrimination Suit Against Chrysler

On July 11, 2014, the Northern District of California dismissed one of two federal antitrust claims brought against Chrysler Group LLC under the Robinson-Patman Act, 15 U.S. C. § 13, as well as several state statutory and...more

Statements at industry conferences can violate competition law

U.S. steelmakers have recently found themselves paying huge sums totalling over USD 160 million to steel purchasers in order to ward off even larger damages claims. These come in the wake of a vast class action lawsuit...more

Northern District of California Addresses Functional Discounts, Price Discrimination Claims

In Mathew Enterprise, Inc. v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95522 (N.D. Cal. July 11, 2014) (Freeman, J.), the court dismissed certain Robinson-Patman Act price discrimination claims and allowed others to...more

Is China’s Big Win at the World Trade Organization against the U.S. Government’s Policy on Chinese Subsidies a Game-Changer?

On July 14, 2014, a panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of China against certain policies employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) in conducting countervailing duty investigations. ...more

Auto Repair Shop Antitrust Actions May Be Consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation

Over the course of the last several months, auto body repair shops in five states (Florida, Mississippi, Indiana, Utah and Tennessee) filed antitrust actions against a collection of auto insurers, alleging that the insurers’...more

Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder...more

After Actavis: Crafting Pharmaceutical Settlements that Avoid Antitrust Scrutiny

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in FTC v. Actavis cleared the way for more antitrust challenges to settlements between generic and branded pharmaceutical companies resolving Hatch-Waxman patent litigation. As a result,...more

Turning The Tide on “Trolls”

When a non-practicing entity (NPE) accused 16,000 small businesses of violating its patent by merely emailing scanned documents, the New York attorney general cracked down, forcing a settlement. Then the FTC threatened to sue...more

FERC Versus State Authorities: Supreme Court Agrees to Review ONEOK v. Learjet

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition to hear an appeal by several companies contending that antitrust claims filed against them under state law over alleged manipulation of gas prices during the western...more

Court Overturns Longstanding Country-of-Origin Methodology Used for Trade Order Scope Determinations

The scope definition contained in a trade relief order determines whether a product is subject to antidumping or countervailing duties, i.e., whether the imported product is "subject merchandise." When component parts of...more

SawStop Stopped: Judge Dismisses Antitrust Lawsuit Against Table Saw Industry

On June 27, 2014, Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC. We previously wrote about this lawsuit and the need for companies and...more

Affirmative Business Litigation in the United States and in Other Countries

For a long time, businesses have thought of litigation as a burden, requiring many hours of employee time responding to discovery requests, as well as often incurring significant legal fees and other related costs....more

Limitation Periods for Antitrust Damages Actions in The European Union

The last decade or so has seen a marked increase in antitrust damages actions brought before the national courts of the EU Member States. As things currently stand, such actions are governed by the various national laws of...more

Of Characterization and Common Sense: Court Holds That Erroneous Interpretation of Allegations of Complaint Doom Counterclaim to...

In In Re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 2:08-Md.-02002-GP (E.D. Pa., June 10, 2014), the plaintiffs alleged that they purchased eggs from the defendant egg producing cooperatives, and that the plaintiffs had...more

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Make “Safe Harbor Safe Again” – FTC, Justice Department Work to Keep EU Happy and Avoid Pull Back from...

Within the span of two days, both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced initiatives meant to assuage the European Union’s concerns over trans-Atlantic data flows and to secure...more

Federal Judge Puts Narcolepsy Drug Horizontal Conspiracy Claims to Bed

On Monday, June 23, 2014, a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment for five pharmaceutical companies on horizontal conspiracy claims brought by Apotex Inc. and direct purchaser and end...more

Suit Challenging Cable Bundling Survives Motion to Dismiss

Cable subscribers, tired of being forced to purchase more obscure channels like VH1 Classic and Teen Nick in order to get their nightly Daily Show fix on Comedy Central, should be encouraged by a recent antitrust decision out...more

California Maintains Some Restrictions On The Waivers Allowable In Employment Arbitration Agreements

This week the Supreme Court of California held that the FAA preempts California’s 2007 Gentry ruling, one that protected employees from nearly all class action waivers in arbitration agreements. Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los...more

Milk Processors Soured After Federal District Court Rules They Must Face Monopsonization Claims at Trial

Nearly five years into a wide-ranging monopsonization suit accusing milk processors of conspiring to depress and fix the prices paid to independent and cooperative milk suppliers, Judge Christina Reiss of the District of...more

ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Federation), No. 534, 2013

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court answered certified questions of law from the United States District Court for the District of Delaware concerning the validity of a fee-shifting provision in a Delaware...more

Beyond Truth, and Toward Repose: Price Increases Following “Merger to Monopoly” Do Not Rekindle Statute of Limitations

Z Technologies Corp. v. Lubrizol Corp., No. 2:12-cv-12206 (6th Cir., May 23, 2014). In February, 2007, Lubrizol Corporation made a “merger to monopoly” acquisition of the assets of a competitor. The acquisition...more

Opt-Out Antitrust Class Actions—A U.S. Perspective On The Consumer Rights Bill Pending In UK’s Parliament

Will opt-out class actions proposed by the UK Parliament’s Consumer Rights Bill bring the dreaded U.S.-style litigation culture to the United Kingdom? My personal assessment—that of a seasoned American antitrust...more

Spotlight on Antitrust: Asia Edition

In this issue: - The U.S. DOJ Secures Two Extraditions of Foreign Nationals on Antitrust Charges: Who Is Next? - U.S. Circuit Courts Limit Reach of Sherman Act Against Asian Cartel - Mark Rosman, Partner...more

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