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DOJ Obtains Price-Fixing Guilty Plea

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Texas-based e-commerce company Zaappaaz, Inc.—doing business as WB Promotions, Inc., Wrist-Band.com, and Customlanyard.net—and its president both agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices for customized promotional...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - August 2017

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FDA brings about voluntary recall of coffee product with Viagra-like substance. On July 13, the FDA announced that Texas-based Bestherbs Coffee, LLC is issuing a voluntary recall of a coffee product, New of Kopi Jantan...more

Competition Law Review 2017

TOP STORIES - Mediation works - Parkland Fuel Corp. reached a mediated consent agreement (the first of its kind) with the Competition Bureau to remedy concerns raised by its acquisition of Pioneer Energy. Parkland...more

Retailers Face False Advertising Cases on Discounts From Original Prices, Rewards Points

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers that advertise sale prices in comparison with regular prices in California should ensure that the products were actually offered for sale at those regular prices within the preceding three months, in order to avoid...more

Beware – Price Fixing by Algorithms

So, you’ve designed a great looking poster. Posters are sold all over Twitter and other social media sites, and now you’ve been lucky enough to land a space in Amazon Marketplace. You’re not the only one selling posters, of...more

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

by Perkins Coie on

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of...more

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds the U.S. DOJ’s Expansive Approach to Anti-Corruption Enforcement

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 9, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Jean Rene Duperval’s convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering, approving the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) expansive approach to...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Conviction of Haitian Telecommunications Executive for Role in a Bribery Scheme

In a case against the recipient of bribes paid in a scheme by executives of US companies to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the conviction...more

The Power of the Press Release II: A Suggestion For Heightened Scrutiny of Governmental Prosecutorial Pre-trial Public...

by Weintraub Tobin on

In Russell G. Ryan’s recent thoughtful article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Get the SEC Out Of The PR Business,” he raised several issues that resonate well beyond the practices of the SEC and into the world of...more

State AGs Looking to Crack Down on Telemarketers Press FCC and FTC

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 27, 2013

FTC Shoots Down COPPA Compliance Request Based on Social Networking - The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application from AssertID seeking the agency's approval of a proposed method of verifiable parental...more

Anti-counterfeiting strategies in the United States

by Knobbe Martens on

Counterfeiting is a critical problem for trademark and copyright owners (‘IP owners’) affecting all industries, from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to electrical and auto products, toys and fashion items. To effectively...more

A Busy Year in Court: Canadian Competition Law in 2012

by Bennett Jones LLP on

2012 was a busy year for Canadian competition litigation, as numerous cases were heard or decided. The Supreme Court of Canada heard three class proceedings cases involving the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal had...more

Second Circuit Reverses Conviction Involving Off-Label Promotion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A divided panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative who marketed a narcolepsy drug for so-called off-label uses not approved by the Food and Drug...more

The Justice Department’s Slippery Slope — Enforcement Versus Regulation

by Michael Volkov on

The Department of Justice is proud of its record on FCPA enforcement. They take credit whenever and wherever they can. They trumpet every settlement. They proudly proclaim that over half of last year’s criminal...more

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, June 1-20

by Ifrah PLLC on

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

Ifrah Law’s Semi-monthly Blog Wrap-up, February 1-18

by Ifrah PLLC on

This is the second of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s two blogs. 1. Is D.C. on the Way to Legalizing Online Poker? On February 2, we...more

Ifrah Law’s Semi-monthly Blog Wrap-up, January 15-31

by Ifrah PLLC on

This is the first of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s two blogs. 1. Can Police Read a Suspect’s Text Messages Without a Warrant? What...more

Face It: You Need to Be Careful Out There

by Sands Anderson PC on

Yahoo! Finance has a great article on how identity thieves can mine data from your Facebook status updates to drain your bank account. Please continue to think before you post. If you believe you are the victim of identity...more

Antitrust, Competition & EU Law: Competition & EC Law Update - May 2010

by Reed Smith on

In This Issue: UK OFT • OFT withdraws criminal proceedings against current and former BA executives • OFT decides that Project Canvas falls outside UK merger control jurisdiction • OFT publishes decision that...more

Advertising Law - July 2, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Olive Garden Asserts It Did Not Pull Letterman Ads *Feds Seize $34 Million From Online Poker Pots *Lawsuit Targets KFC Oprah Promo *Protecting Your Identity Online Can Be An Ongoing Battle *Liquor Ads...more

Newsletter of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

IN THIS ISSUE: *FTC Questions Carbon-Offset Claims *FCC Probing Comcast for Data Discrimination *U.S. Arrests Eight in Online Gambling Operation *NY Passes Airline Passenger Bill of Rights Please see full...more

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