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November Antitrust Bulletin

FTC Provides New Guidance on Antitrust Review of Leveraged Buyouts - On Oct. 6, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) Premerger Notification Office (PNO) provided updated guidance on how to calculate the size of...more

DOJ Toughens Stance on Certain Employment-Related Agreements Between Competitors - New Antitrust Guidance Threatens Criminal...

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Oct. 20, 2016, jointly released Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals, cautioning employers about...more

FTC Holds Workshop on Effective Consumer Disclosures

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop last week on the effectiveness of consumer disclosures. Titled “Putting Disclosures to the Test”, the workshop featured a series of presentations on recent academic,...more

Crash into Me? Not If You Want to Sue Me for Unfair Trade Practices

Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 allow a lawsuit by a remote user of a product—a user who had no involvement in buying the product? A federal court in North Carolina recently answered no. An unusual fact pattern for a...more

Health Care Matters, Summer 2016

Special Masters in Health Care Antitrust Merger Cases: Resolving the Conflicting Interests - One of the most challenging aspects of antitrust cases in the health care field is the rich mixture of public interest...more

Business Litigation Report - July 2016

Article: Increase in Vertical Price Restraint Enforcement in China - In recent months, Chinese anti-monopoly enforcement actions scrutinizing and penalizing pricing-related issues have noticeably increased. A growing...more

Health Law Pulse - July 2016

On June 14, 2016, a federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois denied a request from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a preliminary injunction to enjoin the pending merger of Advocate Health Care...more

Agencies and the Department of Justice Raise Level of Civil Penalties for Violations

Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other agencies have raised the maximum civil penalties (CMPs) for legal...more

CMA publishes guidance to help detect bid-rigging

On 20th June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) released an open-letter offering advice to public authorities to help spot anti-competitive activity during a tender process. This is known as bid-rigging....more

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame?” Asked the Inspector: Saying “Yes” May Now Be a Federal Crime

Imagine this hypothetical: A local fire marshal says to Mary Jones, who runs the residence halls at a major university, “It must be nice having seats at the Saturday football games.” Mary gets the message and thinks that if...more

Insurer Actions Cut the Heart Out of Out-of-Network Providers

Aetna Life Insurance Company recently won a $37 million verdict against a group of Northern California surgical centers, Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC and its affiliates (collectively, Bay Area), for an alleged...more

Aerospace & Defense Series: Implications of the FTC / DOJ Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry

In Depth - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint statement to explain their “standard of review under the antitrust statutes of proposed transactions...more

Unusual Antitrust Agencies’ Guidance on Defense Mergers

The Department of Justice (Justice) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today issued an unusual joint statement that highlighted their continued commitment to preserve defense industry competition by closely reviewing...more

Competition law and joint bidding: dos and don'ts for the construction industry

It is not unusual for construction firms and other companies to form a consortium bid (or joint bid) for a building or infrastructure project. Whilst competition law clearly prohibits collusion involving price fixing, market...more

March Antitrust Bulletin

On February 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission opposed McWane Inc.’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ affirmation of a November 2015 FTC opinion that McWane unlawfully...more

Anticorruption & Compliance Challenges in Australia & Asia [Video]

In the first a multipart interview, GRC Solutions (grcsolutions.com.au) Managing Director, Julian Fenwick, shares his experience, perspective, and practice, with respect to anti-bribery and compliance challenges for...more

Procurement Update: Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review: What Does it Mean for Commonwealth...

On 24 November 2015, the Australian Government issued its response to the Competition Policy Review (Harper Review). Two recommendations from the Harper Review are directly relevant to Commonwealth procurement. This...more

Health Update - September 2015

Latest Healthcare False Claims Act Roundup and Top 3 Best Practices to Reduce Exposure - As the legal landscape in healthcare becomes increasingly complex, healthcare companies that receive federal program funds face...more

Broward Health Wins Most-Illegal-Physician-Comp

Okay, there’s not really a Most-Illegal-Physician-Compensation Prize. But if there were, Florida’s North Broward Hospital District would have won in a walk. That’s why the district has agreed to pay the government $69.5...more

The Government’s Generic Price-Fixing Investigation Targets Allergan’s Actavis Unit

This is our fourth post on the DOJ’s expanding investigation into possible price fixing by generic drug manufacturers. (Click here, here, and here to read our prior posts.) Since our last update, the DOJ has subpoenaed...more

Mexico’s New National Anticorruption System: 7 Key Points

Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has promulgated the Constitutional Reform regarding the creation of the National Anticorruption System. ...more

The New Canadian Integrity Regime: Compliance Carrots to Join the Debarment Sticks

Today we welcome Kristine Robidoux, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, for an analysis of the new Canadian Integrity Regime. As Canada has one of the most robust Debarment regimes which includes anti-bribery enforcement,...more

Canadian Procurement Changes are Good News for the Bureau’s Leniency Program

On July 3, 2015, the Government of Canada announced changes to its Integrity Regime for suppliers. Under the existing regime, suppliers convicted of certain offences, including Competition Act offences such as price-fixing...more

Canada Anti-Corruption Law May Affect FCPA Enforcement

On June 1, 2015, Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA”) came into force. Approved in December 2014, but not in force until this month, the act requires companies in the extractive sector to report...more

President Peña Nieto Signs Anticorruption Reform Law in Mexico

Congress is required to enact secondary legislation to implement these reforms within one year. On May 27, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law constitutional reforms (the Reforms) designed to strengthen...more

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