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Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

by Jones Day on

A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

“No Shop” Clause Radioactive for Merger’s “Failing Firm” Defense

by Mintz Levin on

Last week a Delaware federal district court unsealed its earlier opinion blocking the merger of two radioactive waste disposal companies. The court rejected the parties’ failing firm defense, citing the merger agreement’s “no...more

A gas station hold-up: the Competition Bureau completes its review of Couche-Tard and Parkland transactions

by Dentons on

In its latest move in the closely-monitored retail gasoline sector, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) has entered into a pair of consent agreements with Alimentation Couche-Tard (Couche-Tard) and Parkland Fuel Corporation...more

The Japan Fair Trade Commission Has Said No to LNG Resale Restrictions—What Does This Mean for Japanese and Non-Japanese LNG...

In June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) issued its conclusion on an earlier market study on liquefied natural gas (LNG) resale restrictions and cautioned that (i) destination clauses, (ii) diversion clauses,...more

LNG for Japanese Buyers: End of the Road for Destination Clauses?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A recent announcement by the Japanese antitrust regulator could spell the end of destination clauses in certain Asian LNG SPAs. Key Points: ..Asian LNG buyers are seeking to form a buyers’ club to negotiate better and...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2017

Courts May Not Depart from the Bankruptcy Priority Rule in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals - For more than a century, a cornerstone of federal bankruptcy law has been the absolute priority rule, which ensures that a...more

Japan LNG Import Contracts – The JFTC Reports

The Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) on June 28, 2017 issued its much-anticipated report into the state of the market for contracted long term LNG supplies into Japan?. The report made a number of key observations....more

JFTC questions the validity of destination clauses in LNG SPAs

by White & Case LLP on

On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") issued a report regarding its "Survey on LNG Trades" based on questionnaires and interviews with Japanese and non-Japanese buyers and sellers of LNG (the "Report")....more

Japan Fair Trade Commission Survey of LNG Trades

by King & Spalding on

On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) published its highly anticipated “Survey on LNG Trades” (the “Survey”) that reviews the impact of destination restrictions on long term LNG imports into Japan and...more

Ninth Circuit Nixes Immediate Appeals of Denials of State Action Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision from largest judicial circuit establishes majority position that denials of state action immunity are not immediately appealable collateral orders. On June 12, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...more

ITC Opens Section 201 Investigation of Imported Solar Cells

On May 23, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated an investigation in response to Suniva Inc.’s recent petition under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. As noted in our alert earlier this week, Suniva...more

Brazil's Developing Gas Marketing: Opportunities for Arbitration

by WilmerHale on

Historically, natural gas did not play a significant role in Brazil’s energy mix, never exceeding 4% of Brazil’s primary energy supply until the late 1990s. Today, natural gas accounts for 12% of Brazil’s primary energy...more

New rules on energy and fuel distribution contained in the bill of law for the market and the competition

by DLA Piper on

Energy attracts the attention of the bill of law for the market and the competition (in Italian DDL Concorrenza or DDL). The text revised by the Senate has been passed, on 3 May 2017, ONto the Chamber of Deputies for its...more

Carbon and Alloy Steel: Commission Hearing on Dismissal of Antitrust Claims

On April 20, 2017, the Commission heard oral arguments in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, in connection with its review of Judge Lord’s Initial Determination dismissing complainant U.S. Steel’s...more

Getting the Deal Through: Gas Regulation 2017

by Dentons on

Two of our lawyers recently co-authored the Global Overview of Getting the Deal Through: Gas Regulation 2017. Dentons' lawyers also authored the Mexico and United Kingdom chapters. This publication provides expert local...more

The review and renegotiation of Japanese LNG import contracts

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) is currently conducting an investigation into alleged unfair restrictions on the resale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into Japan from abroad. The investigation could lead to a...more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

Territorial Restrictions in Gas Supply Contracts in Japan – Antitrust Implications and Experience from the European Union

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), is currently investigating the potential anticompetitive effects of territorial restrictions in LNG supply contracts. Historically, LNG suppliers have used...more

State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

by White & Case LLP on

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

FTC Approves Final Consent Order Allowing Enbridge and Spectra Merger

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the merger between Enbridge and Spectra, following the parties’ acceptance of certain terms designed to preserve competition between natural gas pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. The...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

THE LATEST: FTC Determines Behavioral Remedies are Sufficient to Fix Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline Overlap

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently granted US antitrust clearance for Enbridge’s acquisition of Spectra after the parties agreed to behavioral commitments to remedy an overlap for natural gas pipeline transportation...more

DOJ Challenges Illegal Antitrust “Gun Jumping” In Energy Transaction

by King & Spalding on

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division recently brought a civil antitrust lawsuit against Duke Energy Corporation, alleging that the electric power generator engaged in illegal “gun jumping” by obtaining beneficial...more

Higher Penalties, Construction, Health and Energy: the ACCC Sets its Enforcement Priorities for 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

In brief: - On 24 February, the ACCC unveiled its Enforcement and Compliance priorities for 2017. - The ACCC's enforcement activities in 2017 will continue to target larger companies causing harm to consumers and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

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Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

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