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House Judiciary Committee Acts to Harmonize Antitrust Review Standards and Processes

On September 10, the House Judiciary Committee passed, by voice vote, legislation to eliminate certain disparities to antitrust review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Standard...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

Oregon introduces bill to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In February 2014, Senate Bill 1540 was filed, which would make patent trolling a violation of the...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

China Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the week - U.S.-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Trade -Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: White House Statement on Terrorist Attack in China - On May 22,...more

Bad Times for Patent Trolls: What the Government Is Doing to Protect Small Businesses

Patent assertion entities—‘‘PAEs’’ or, if you are in a bad mood, ‘‘patent trolls’’—have been around in one form or another for decades. In the past few years, however, their ranks have grown. According to a U.S. Government...more

Ukrainian Merger Control Update: Will the Recent Upheaval Cause Problems for Global Deals?

Parties required to file premerger notification in Ukraine should coordinate closely with authorities and plan additional time for the review process in light of recent political events. I anticipate that recent political...more

Senate Legislation Update -- The Commerce Committee Gets in the Act

Last Thursday, Sen. McCaskill, along with Sen. Rockefeller, introduced the "Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act" (S. 2049). Of course, several other bills are currently pending in the Senate that have been introduced by...more

U.S. Senators Debate Toughening Cartel Penalties

On November 14, 2013, members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights heard arguments regarding the effectiveness of current cartel prosecution and...more

Senators Challenge CFPB On Indirect Auto Finance Guidance

On October 30, a bipartisan group of 22 Senators sent a letter to the CFPB raising concerns about CFPB guidance affecting the indirect auto financing market and auto dealers’ ability to negotiate retail margins with...more

New York State Adopts First Post-Phoebe Putney Law Extending State Antitrust Immunity to a Public Hospital — How It Came About and...

On October 24, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed what we believe is the first post-Phoebe Putney statute (see FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health Sys., Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1003 (2013)), extending the State’s antitrust immunity to...more

Democratic Senator wants more regulation of auto dealers

Democratic Senator Edward Markey wants the FTC to take a more active role in policing auto dealer sales practices. Because Dodd-Frank bars the CFPB from directly regulating auto dealers, the CFPB has targeted the fair lending...more

Republicans Press FTC to Establish a Clear Standard for Section 5

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday, October 23, eight GOP lawmakers from both the House and the Senate called on the FTC to publish clear guidance on Section 5 of the FTC Act....more

Will FTC Chairman Leibowitz’s Departure Change The Enforcement Landscape?

After three years at the helm of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down. Without a doubt Chairman Leibowitz has been a visible and relentless advocate for restricting pay-for-day or reverse...more

Consumer Prices, Nominal Retail Trade, Real Retail Trade (Italy, 2001-2012)

Tra il Gennaio 2001 e il Settembre 2012, sono poste a confronto le seguenti tre serie: 1) Commercio al dettaglio a valori nominali; 2)Prezzi al consumo (indice armonizzato Europa, HICP); 3) Commercio al dettaglio in...more

Original Sin: Complying with Country of Origin Laws

Congress recently introduced the whimsically titled bill, the “Team U.S.A. Made in America Act,” which would require the United States Olympic Committee to ensure that ceremonial uniforms for the Olympic team are assembled in...more

Weekend Miscellany: Will Congress Repeal the Antitrust Laws?

I recently stumbled upon this bill (Senate Bill 2269) introduced by Senator Rand Paul a couple months ago. It is a bill “[t]o permit voluntary economic activity.” Who isn’t in favor of voluntary economic activity? The...more

Kansas Supreme Court Declares "Rule of Reason" Inapplicable to Kansas Antitrust Law; Legislature May Have a Different Idea

In Leegin Creative Leather Prods., Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. 877 (2007), the U.S. Supreme Court expressly overruled the categorical ban on vertical price fixing agreements that had existed for nearly a century prior. See...more

Electric Vehicles & Competition Law

Assessments of electriv vehivles (EVs) in new European competition law framework (excerpt from a book by Professor Bellis)...more

President Obama Establishes Interagency Trade Enforcement Center

On February 28, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC), a new trade enforcement unit falling under the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). This...more

President Obama Establishes Interagency Trade Enforcement Center

On February 28, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC), a new trade enforcement unit falling under the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). This...more

U.S. Senator Raises Concerns About New Technology That Tracks Shoppers’ Movements Using Their Cell phones

Over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, two shopping malls in the U.S. were using “FootPath technology,” developed by British company Path Intelligence, to track shoppers’ movements by monitoring their cell phone signals. The...more

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, June 1-20

This is the sixth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Perjury, Obstruction and Barry Bonds’ Conviction Read why we regard the...more

Federal “Do Not Track” Bill Introduced

When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its privacy report in December 2010, it discussed the possibility of providing consumers with a universal choice mechanism, that would permit or prevent the collection and use of...more

EPIC Advises Congress on Do Not Track Proposal

EPIC submitted a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, following a hearing on "Do Not Track Legislation: Is Now the Right Time?" Congress is considering proposals that would enable users to opt-out of...more

A Window into Washington: Proposed Legislation to Prohibit Resale Price Maintenance Agreements

Congress has taken preliminary steps to adopt legislation that would restore the rule that minimum resale price agreements between manufacturers and retailers, distributors or wholesalers, violate the Sherman Act without...more

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