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Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

Are Restaurant No-Tipping Policies the Product of an Antitrust Conspiracy?

In July of 2013, Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, tweeted that he was considering eliminating tipping at his restaurants and solicited the opinion of other restaurant owners. Meyer and others...more

France Moves Toward Ending All Regulated Tariffs for Natural Gas Sales

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Conseil d'État (France's Administrative Supreme Court) has ruled that the public service obligation to supply natural gas at regulated tariffs in France contravened EU law. In particular, it affirmed that no...more

Update Your Browsewrap and Clickwrap Agreements

by Revision Legal on

A recent California case reminds businesses and website owners that browsewrap and clickwrap agreements must be conspicuous for courts to enforce them. See Long v. Provide Commerce, Inc., 245 Cal.App.4th 855 (2nd Dist. 2016)....more

DOJ Challenges Consummated Transaction After HSR Clearance

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 26, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division “the Antitrust Division” filed a complaint in Delaware federal court to partially unwind Parker Hannifin Corporation's $4.3 billion acquisition of CLARCOR...more

Trends in competition law enforcement across Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Competition law is growing in Africa. According to a recent World Bank report, in 15 years the number of jurisdictions in Africa with competition law has almost trebled. A number of African countries have introduced or...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Tom “Syndicate” Cassell and Trevor “TmarTn” Martin serve up high-octane reviews and commentary on games and gaming culture on YouTube. Both are wildly popular – Cassell’s YouTube channel is one of the top 100 subscribed...more

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Auto Body Shops’ Antitrust Claims Against Insurers

In a 2-1 decision issued on September 7, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing antirust claims brought by auto body shops against a group of car insurance companies in the In re Auto Body...more

State Attorneys General Vigilant on Price Gouging Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Jones Day on

Many states have prohibitions on price gouging that go into effect during states of emergency. In this hurricane season, seven U.S. states and territories have declared emergencies. The Impact: Although hurricanes often...more

Federal Trade Commission Reaffirms Commitment to Enforce EU-US Privacy Shield

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled enforcement actions against three companies accused of misleading consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework,...more

Is Outdated Information on Your Website Putting Your Company At Risk?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With all of the attention given to upgrading cybersecurity, it can be easy to forget that outdated content on a company’s website also can be a source of risk. Nearly all company websites include information regarding the...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Slick, well-produced fake talk shows promoted dubious products and undisclosed payment plans. The Federal Trade Commission and the Maine attorney general accused XXL Impressions, ad agency Synergixx, marketing company J2...more

"Better Deal" Legislative Proposal Would Overhaul U.S. Antitrust Merger Review

by Jones Day on

A number of Democrats in Congress have proposed to revamp U.S. antitrust law with a "Better Deal" economic plan. The proposed legislation takes aim at large corporations and includes measures that are at odds with decades of...more

Focusing Antitrust Compliance Programs on the Real Criminal Risks (Part II of II)

by Michael Volkov on

As chief compliance officers realize the importance of criminal antitrust compliance, it is important to identify the real risk factors. All too often we get lost in the mumbo-jumbo (a technical term, I know) of compliance,...more

Till Steinvorth Discusses Landmark German Court Ruling on Compliance

Till Steinvorth, a member of Orrick’s Antitrust & Competition team in Düsseldorf, spoke with Global Investigations Review regarding a recent ruling from the German Federal Court of Justice on corporate fines. The court ruled...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

Chief Compliance Officers Have to Address Criminal Antitrust Risks (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

We often read articles and blog postings about anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, export controls and sanctions compliance issues. The focus on these topics is justified. However, there is one glaring omission –...more

Passing the warrant of fairness - How fit is your gym membership?

by DLA Piper on

This week the Commerce Commission (Commission) released its report into unfair contract terms (UCTs) in consumer contracts in the gym and fitness industry. In this update we highlight the common UCTs identified by the...more

Radius Restrictions – New York AG Cracks Down on Outlet Mall Operator

Outlet malls are popular destinations for consumers seeking a bargain, even if not everyone agrees that the deals are as good as advertised. But although the prices may seem low, a common provision in lease agreements...more

German Auto Antitrust Cartel – A Record Enforcement Action Begins

by Michael Volkov on

Just when you thought it could not get any worse, events remind us that things actually can get worse. Volkswagen suffered through a horrible scandal involving an elaborate scheme to circumvent emissions regulations. The...more

Senate bill would attach strings to state licensing boards’ antitrust immunity

As we noted last month, the FTC has recently been voicing concerns about potentially anticompetitive actions of state professional licensing boards. Our post also discussed the scope of such boards’ immunity from antitrust...more

Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

by Buchalter on

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great ways to interact with friends, family and potential customers. They are great avenues for advertising and promotion of one’s...more

Senate Bill Promises Antitrust Immunity to Boards That Reform Licensure in Latest State Action Defense Development

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced a bill that would extend a limited state action immunity to state licensure boards only if states implement reforms that reduce occupational...more

Loyalty-Discount Programs and the Antitrust Laws

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Loyalty discounts are price reductions by a supplier in return for a customer’s commitment to purchase a certain percentage of its requirements from the supplier. Sellers also sometimes discount their prices if a customer...more

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