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Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years

On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of continuation of the relief provided by the orders on polyethylene retail carrier bags from China,...more

Insurer Antitrust Exemption in Europe in Jeopardy

In the United States, the McCarran Ferguson Act provides insurers with an exemption from the federal antitrust laws. Enacted in 1945, the Act provides that conduct that constitutes the "business of insurance" is outside the...more

Hitachi Chemical to Plead Guilty to Price-Fixing

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced this week that Hitachi Chemical Co. will plead guilty to a criminal charge for conspiring with competitors to fix the prices of electrolytic capacitors sold in the United States and...more

European Court of Justice to Rule on Legality of Online Sales Bans

An appeal court in Frankfurt has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify the application of the competition rules to online sales. The Frankfurt court made its request in the context of a dispute between a leader in...more

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries?

On 22 April 2016, the European Commission (“EC”) invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited (“Paramount”) in response to concerns raised by the EC. The EC’s concerns were...more

Oman Market Developments

The Sultanate of Oman is the longest continually independent Arab country in modern history, having marked the 45th anniversary of its establishment last year. Looking to the future the Sultanate's long term strategy, Vision...more

Union Seeks Increased Duties on Imported Aluminum

On April 18, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) for relief pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, a safeguard provision of the U.S. trade...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Geo-Blocking Inquiry Findings

The European Commission (the executive of the EU) recently published the initial findings of its e-commerce inquiry, an investigative process conducted to determine whether and to what extent competition is being restricted...more

Consequences for those involved in cartel conduct increasing in Australia and abroad

Companies and individuals who breach prohibitions against cartel conduct face increasing levels of fines and other penalties in Australia and overseas. In this article, we outline expected developments in Australia this year,...more

Competition News April 2016

Requests for information: reinforced statement of reasons for late investigative measures - With four decisions of March 10, 2016, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) reminded the European Commission of its...more

Antitrust Division Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Individuals Behind International Cartels

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is vigorously pursuing civil and criminal actions against individuals—and not simply the companies they run. Just last month, Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer...more

Delegated Regulation under MAR Covering Indicators of Market Manipulation, Disclosure Thresholds, Trading During Closed Periods...

The European Commission’s Delegated Regulation supplementing the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation 596/2014) (MAR) as regards an exemption for certain third countries’ public bodies and central banks, the indicators of...more

[Webinar] Hot Topics in Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance - April 22nd, 12:00pm, EDT

The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org) and Transparency International-USA (TI-USA), cordially invite you to join us for a briefing to discuss hot topics in international anti-corruption compliance and...more

[Webinar] FCPA Spotlight: Best Practices for Controls and Records - April 20th, 1:00pm, EDT

In recent weeks both software manufacturer SAP S.E. and SciClone Pharmaceuticals have entered into deferred prosecution agreements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges that they violated...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2016 Edition: Russian Competition Law Update: Impact on M&A and Joint Ventures in Russia

A new version of the Russian Competition Law amended by the so-called ‘fourth antimonopoly package’ (the “275 Law”) came into effect on January 5, 2016 (except for certain minor provisions with an earlier effective date). The...more

CJEU to Rule on Extradition of EU Citizens in Criminal Antitrust Proceedings

The first European citizen to be extradited from Europe to the United States for criminal antitrust conduct recently succeeded in having a Berlin court refer the matter of his extradition to the Court of Justice of the...more

Dutch Competition Authority Fines Cold-Storage Companies for Exchange of Information in the Context of Merger Talks

On 23 March 2016, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced that it had fined four cold-storage firms for having put in place anticompetitive arrangements while in extended merger talks with one...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - March 2016

Global Cartel Enforcement Update - Guidance on Managing International Investigations - The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has continued to successfully prosecute corporations and individuals for...more

Brexit – Legal Consequences For Commercial Parties: Gaining Or Losing The Competitive Edge? Implications For Competition Law...

Now that the UK is on the path to an “in-out” referendum on 23 June, this paper looks at the impact of a Brexit on competition policy and enforcement in the UK, and generally in the European Union (“EU”). EU competition...more

European Commission Proposes Non-renewal of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

The European Commission has recently issued a Report announcing its preliminary view that the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (“IBER”) should not be renewed when it expires on March 31, 2017. The IBER provides an...more

EU Commission Releases First Findings on Geo-Blocking in E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published its initial findings on geo-blocking in the framework of its ongoing antitrust sector inquiry into e-commerce. The findings are based on responses to questionnaires...more

JFTC Wields Antitrust Law to Enforce FRAND Obligations of Standard Essential Patent

On January 21, 2016, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) published revisions to its guidelines for the Antimonopoly Act (“AMA”). The new guidelines make it a fair trade practice violation for holders of a standard...more

Australian competition law - Update for the aviation industry

High Court to hear ACCC appeal of Flight Centre decision regarding carrier agent discussions On 11 March 2016, the High Court granted special leave to the ACCC to appeal the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Flight...more

[Webinar] Practical Guidance for U.S. Companies Expanding into Europe Through Commercial Arrangements - April 6th, 9am PST, 11am...

Please join us for a discussion focused on providing practical guidance to U.S. multi-national companies looking to grow their businesses in the European market. Panelists will consider various types of commercial...more

Update: Peculiarities of the Merger Filing Requirements in Germany and Austria

As many dealmakers doing business in Europe have realized, German and Austrian merger filing requirements are sometimes a bit tricky, and in some respects different from the rules in place at EU level and in other EU member...more

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