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European Parliament Approves Antitrust Damages Directive

The European Parliament approved the text on April 17, 2014 of a long-awaited Directive designed to facilitate private actions for damages by victims of infringements of antitrust rules in the EU (the “Directive”). The...more

International Merger Control: A review of major developments in China, Africa and elsewhere in 2013

As in every other recent year, during 2013 competition authorities in numerous jurisdictions continued their innovation, and enforcement of existing and new merger control regimes. As companies engaged in cross-border M&A try...more

Another Small Step Forward: China Further Clarifies its Notification Procedure for Simple M&A Transactions

Earlier this year, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) implemented new regulations under the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”) enabling “simple” M&A and joint venture transactions to be eligible for a potentially shorter and less...more

Microsoft-Nokia: China’s MOFCOM Quietly Slips Into the Debate about Injunctive Relief for FRAND-encumbered SEPs

This past November and December, the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and European Commission (“EC”) cleared Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) acquisition of the bulk of the devices and services business of Nokia...more

"China Merger Control: New Carrots and a Bigger Stick"

China has recently taken two important steps to improve its merger control process: providing additional guidance on its new simplified merger procedures while promising publication of decisions penalizing firms for closing...more

Expansion of Antitrust Enforcement Continues with Extradition

On April 4, 2014, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced its first successful extradition of a foreign national to the United States on antitrust charges. Romano Pisciotti, a citizen of Italy, has been under...more

MOFCOM Asks Second Circuit to Reverse Judgment Against Chinese Vitamin Manufacturers

On April 14, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) filed an amicus brief asking the Second Circuit to overturn a ruling by the Eastern District of New York against Chinese vitamin manufacturers. See Brief for Amicus...more

Here we go again: Australian government releases draft amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct

The Australian government has released an exposure draft of amendments to The Trade Practices (Industry Codes – Franchising) Regulations 1998 (the Franchising Code of Conduct) and relevant provisions in the Competition and...more

"European Parliament Approves Proposed Directive on Private Antitrust Damages Actions"

On April 17, 2014, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on private antitrust damages actions (the Directive). The Directive is intended to facilitate antitrust...more

China: A New Dawn in Anti-Trust

Chinese antitrust regulators have not historically been known to engage in aggressive investigations. Things may be beginning to change. Last year, both Qualcomm and IDC were put under the microscope by PRC National...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Motorola’s LCD Antitrust Claims Based on Foreign Purchases

On March 27, in the latest major development in Motorola Mobility’s lawsuit alleging price-fixing of liquid crystal display modules (LCDs), a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit, including renowned antitrust jurist Judge...more

Competition Bureau Releases Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

On April 2, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released draft updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (Revised IPEGs) for a 60-day consultation period. The Revised IPEGs principally reflect the amendments to...more

For the first time Germany extradites former executive to the US on antitrust charges

Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, was extradited from Germany in April 2014 to personally face criminal charges in the US for participating in a worldwide cartel. This is the first time an individual has been extradited...more

April 2014: EU Litigation Update

License Agreements Under Scrutiny—A New Challenge for Non-Challenge Clauses. In general, license agreements are deemed pro-competitive. Licensing leads to the dissemination of technology and promotes (follow on) innovation...more

United Kingdom and European Union Continue Push Toward Private Actions

There have been two recent developments in the expansion of private antitrust actions in the United Kingdom and the European Union. First, the United Kingdom continues to push toward opt-out collective proceedings for...more

MOFCOM Strengthens Merger Control Law Enforcement

On March 20, 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a press release announcing that, as of May 1, 2014, MOFCOM will make public on its website all decisions resulting in a finding...more

Private Equity Investors Are Not Immune to Antitrust Risks in the EU

Earlier this month, the European Commission imposed fines totaling nearly EUR 302 million on producers of underground and high-voltage power cables, based on allegations that the producers had engaged in illicit market...more

Antitrust Matters - April 2014 (Global)

Welcome to the second issue of our global competition and antitrust law newsletter Antitrust Matters. The importance and shifting nature of antitrust problems facing companies and individuals is by its nature, a work in...more

FTAIA and Foreign Sales: Seventh Circuit Limits Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Antitrust Law in Motorola Mobility v. AU Optronics

On March 27, 2014, in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., the Seventh Circuit set precedent in the growing body of law interpreting the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA). Judge Posner held that the...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - April 2014

Shanghai High People’s Court Rules That Resale Price Maintenance Agreement Constitutes Monopolistic Agreement - The Shanghai High People’s Court recently made available its Aug. 1, 2013 final judgment overruling the...more

What Does the First-Ever Extradition on an Antitrust Charge Mean for the Auto Parts Investigation?

On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division announced a milestone victory, having successfully litigated its first extradition for an alleged antitrust violation. Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national...more

How Direct Is Direct? Judge Posner Clarifies the Extraterritorial Scope of the Antitrust Laws via the “Direct” Effects Test under...

A recent decision from Judge Posner in the Seventh Circuit, Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics, offers the latest insight into the extraterritorial reach of the Sherman Act. In dismissing Motorola’s price-fixing claims of...more

7th Circuit Decision Confirms Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvement Act Requires "Direct" U.S. Effects

In a decision that may have far-reaching implications for the limits of the United States antitrust laws for conduct affecting businesses and consumers abroad, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a United...more

DOJ Scores First Antitrust Extradition: More to Come?

With Friday’s announcement of the first-ever extradition of a foreign executive on criminal antitrust charges to the United States, the US Department of Justice has won a major victory in its effort to prosecute and deter...more

MOFCOM Shows Teeth Against Gun Jumping

On 20 March 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a notice announcing that it will make public decisions sanctioning companies failing to notify mergers that meet the filing...more

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