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Class Action Alleges Antitrust Conspiracy Among “Circle of Five” German Automakers

On July 28, 2017, a group of plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the Northern District of California against BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as auto-parts manufacturer Robert Bosch....more

Sabre Appeals to the Second Circuit After $15M Jury Verdict for US Airways

Last week, Sabre filed its principal brief on appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn the jury’s verdict of $15 million and find for Sabre or, in the alternative, grant a new trial in US Airways...more

Case Update: In Consumer Data Breach Case, Eleventh Circuit Indicates Concern over Scope of FTC’s Enforcement Actions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 21, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in LabMD, Inc. v. FTC, Case No. 16-16270, a case that is being carefully watched to see if it will clarify the limits of the Federal Trade...more

FTC Announces Improvements to its Investigation Process

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 17th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced reforms to its civil investigative demand (CID) process designed to streamline information requests and improve transparency in FTC investigations.  The process...more

Eighth Circuit Applies Continuing Violation Doctrine to Extend Statute of Limitations for Sherman Act Claims

Recently in In re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Antitrust Litigation, an en banc panel of the Eighth Circuit clarified the application of the continuing violation exception to the statute of limitations for claims under the Sherman...more

FTC proposes using Internet panel for class action notice study

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As part of its “Class Action Fairness Project,” the FTC is seeking comment on its plans to use an Internet panel to conduct research on class action notices. According to the FTC’s Federal Register notice, the project...more

The (Exempt) Boys of Summer: 9th Circuit Upholds Minor League Baseball Antitrust Exemption in Wage Suit

Does Major League Baseball’s (MLB) farm league system violate federal antitrust laws? Not according to the 9th Circuit. As written about in this previous post from July 2016 and one from July 2015, numerous minor league...more

New Competition Law in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

Today, significant changes to the German Act against Restraints of Competition have entered into effect. This newsletter provides an overview of the most significant aspects of the 9th amendment to the German competition law....more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Happy New Year! While we acknowledge that it’s nearly summer now, this issue of Roundup includes case highlights from the first quarter of 2017. The year kicked off with more activity than the last quarter of 2016, with cases...more

The Legacy Of Larry Popofsky, An Antitrust Titan And Friend

Fifty years on, few lawyers can recall the precise day when their legal careers began. But I can. It was June 12, 1967, the date when the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in U.S. v. Arnold, Schwinn & Co., holding...more

Commercial Division Partially Vacates ICC Arbitration Award in Artificial Sweetener Dispute

Justice Charles Ramos of the New York Commercial Division partially vacated an International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitration award in a major legal battle between artificial sweetener giants NutraSweet and Daesang. ...more

The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

Clorox Seeks Dismissal of Remaining Claims in Woodman’s Food Market Suit

In the latest development in Woodman’s Food Market v. Clorox—the saga between Clorox and Woodman’s that last year generated a landmark Robinson-Patman Act (RP Act) decision by the Seventh Circuit—Clorox is asking the district...more

Latest Reform of German Competition Law Brings Clarity

by Jones Day on

The German Parliament has adopted the 9th Amendment to the German "Act against Restraints of Competition" ("ARC") or "Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen" ("GWB"). The new law will enter into force after publication in the...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Regulatory

Negative Option Marketing Enforcement Actions in Federal Court - A negative option is a provision in an offer or agreement to sell or provide any goods or services “under which the customer’s silence or failure to take...more

Court orders former president of debt collection company to pay $2 million penalty to FTC for alleged FDCPA/FTC Act violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Texas federal district court has entered a $2 million civil penalty judgment against the former president of a debt collection company for alleged violations of the FDCPA and FTC Act. ...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2017"

This is the 15th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of class action trends, along with a summary of recent class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings. Our...more

Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Sherman Act liability for false advertising

The incentive is high to identify a Sherman Act violation in your competitor’s conduct—three times higher, to be precise, than to bring a claim for an ordinary business tort or even a false advertising claim under the Lanham...more

Court Upholds DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Carolinas HealthCare System’s Anti-Steering Provisions

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite a recent decision by the Second Circuit suggesting that anti-steering contractual provisions in other industries may not be anticompetitive, DOJ’s lawsuit (United States v. Carolinas HealthCare System) against...more

Economic regulation in the face of declining demand

by DLA Piper on

Overview of decision - On 28 March 2016, the Federal Court dismissed Telstra's appeal against the ACCC's October 2015 decision setting the prices for fixed line telecommunications services. In upholding the ACCC's...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the latest edition of Class Action Roundup, covering the fourth quarter of 2016. As has been the case throughout the year, class actions continue to play a key role in courtrooms across the...more

Third Circuit: On-Campus Residency Requirements Protected By State-Action Immunity Doctrine

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit held that a public university and its non-profit partner were immune from antitrust liability after the university enacted a student residency policy that benefitted on-campus...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The Return of Glass-Steagall? On March 13, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig made a speech to the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference...more

Becoming the Target of an Antitrust Lawsuit: Essential Considerations

by Polsinelli on

Becoming the target of an antitrust lawsuit is a daunting prospect for any business. Antitrust lawsuits are often time-consuming and expensive to defend, and the consequences of losing a case can be severe. Under the Sherman...more

Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the...more

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