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“SMARTER” Act Advances in Congress: Will It Become Law?

For the third straight legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill—the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (“SMARTER”) Act—that would amend the Clayton Act and...more

President Signs Law Overriding FCC Rules Regarding Online Privacy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 3, 2017, the President signed into law a joint resolution that eliminates rules submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get approval from...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order [Updated]

by Perkins Coie on

New development: President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on April 3, 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is now prohibited from promulgating rules “substantially similar” to...more

New Sheriffs In Town -- President Trump’s Antitrust Picks

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the selection of Makan Delrahim to lead the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. This follows the appointment of Abbott (Tad)...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

by Perkins Coie on

Following the U.S. Senate’s recent vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has now voted to overturn the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Enacted in 1996, the CRA allows Congress to...more

House Votes to Repeal Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers Under the Mccarran-Ferguson Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, which would repeal the current limited federal antitrust immunity for health insurers. The bill would amend the...more

Outlook for Disgorgement Remedies in the Trump Administration

by Hogan Lovells on

With the departure of now former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez earlier this month, among the most discussed vacancies in the new administration these days is the post of her permanent replacement....more

Obama Administration Antitrust Enforcers Take Last-Minute IP Licensing Actions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, its antitrust enforcers took two actions of note for those involved in intellectual property (IP) licensing. The first, the joint release by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

Will Trump Relax DOJ's Enforcement of Antitrust Laws?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Obama Administration has made enforcement of the antitrust laws a priority and has aggressively pursued criminal and civil enforcement actions against large corporations for perceived antitrust violations relating to...more

Trump transition team releases names of additional CFPB landing team members

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Trump transition team has released the names of three more individuals who will be members of the CFPB landing team.  “Landing teams” are members of the incoming president’s transition team tasked with gathering...more

Assessing the Trump Administration’s Approach to Antitrust and Unfair Competition

by Perkins Coie on

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the helm of the executive branch of the federal government, many are asking how he will approach antitrust regulation. Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans are more...more

Coming to a Retailer Near You: Made in USA Labeling Requirements

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Patriotism is a hot topic in the United States. One study shows 51% of American consumers will pay higher prices to buy American made products. Not surprisingly, manufacturers actively promote products with the red, white and...more

Hints of a Narrowing of the FTC’s Section 5 Authority Under a Trump Presidency

The transition of power from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is underway. Although President-Elect Trump did not lay out specific policy prescriptions about data privacy or consumer protection during...more

Health Update - November 2016

Post-Election Analysis: Healthcare Antitrust in a Trump Administration - In a Republican sweep of all the elected branches of the federal government, Donald Trump won the presidential election and Republicans retained...more

DOJ, FTC Announce Plans to Criminally Prosecute Employers That Enter into Wage-Fixing or No-Poaching Agreements

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the fiercely competitive market for talent, human resources personnel and recruiters inevitably feel the competing pressures of offering compensation packages that are attractive to potential employees and keeping costs...more

Health Update - September 2016

The Election’s Impact on Healthcare: Preparing for Potential Scenarios - Editor’s Note: Election 2016 will have a major impact on federal and state healthcare policy. To be prepared for all the possibilities, it’s...more

FTC Round-Up: NIST Framework Compliance Is Not Enough and Looming Ransomware Enforcement Activity

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 31st and September 7th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided guidance regarding cybersecurity standards, which companies should consider when assessing their current data security posture....more

Update: Fundamental Change to U.S. Warranty Law: Consumer Warranties Can Soon be Posted Online

Recent changes to the federal statute governing warranties on consumer products will make it easier and more cost-effective for consumer product manufacturers and suppliers to satisfy the federally-mandated warranty...more

Draft Legislation Streamlines and Redefines Australia’s Competition Laws

On Monday, Australia’s Federal Government released new draft legislation after a panel conducted a review of Australia’s competition laws last year. The proposed revisions consolidate power and discretion with the Australian...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes – August 2016

In Case You Missed It: The Federal Trade Commission issued an opinion in the LabMD case, overturning an ALJ’s November 2015 decision holding that the FTC failed to meet its burden to prove that LabMD’s data security...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes: June 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It - The FTC settled with mobile advertising company InMobi for $950,000 in civil penalties, along with the implementation of a privacy program, based on the FTC’s charges that InMobi impermissibly...more

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

by Allen & Overy LLP on

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

The SMARTER Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives Vote, Seeks to Harmonize FTC and DOJ Procedures for Challenging Unconsummated...

On March 23, the U.S. House of Representatives voted favorably on the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (the “SMARTER Act”), H.R. 2745. The bill, introduced by Representative Blake Farenthold of...more

Will 2016 Be the Year for McCarran Repeal?

by Baker Donelson on

As the second session of the 114th Congress begins to pick up steam, five bills are currently pending in the House that, if enacted, would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act’s antitrust exemption for at least some insurers....more

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