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Global Inquiries into Drug Price Increases

European competition authorities announced this week an investigation into Aspen Pharmacare’s recent price hikes of five cancer drugs. The European Commission said in a press release that it had “information indicating that...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

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

FTC resolves allegations against three U.S. based companies involving misrepresentations of International Privacy Program...

Privacy laws in Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore restrict the export of personal information except when the exporter meets certain qualifying conditions. One qualifying condition is...more

DOJ’s Antitrust Fashion Show - Awaiting a price-fixing investigation in the U.S. modeling industry?

As the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Italy’s Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato and France’s Autorité de la Concurrence are wrapping up their prosecutions of Europe’s top modeling...more

Think Your Market Is Global? Then Global Consumer Regulators Likely Are Watching Your Business

by Bryan Cave on

Advances in internet technologies, global social media platforms, and inventory order management and shipping delivery systems have revolutionized our businesses. They also have opened shopping-at-home and catalog sales...more

Ninth Amendment to German Act Against Restraints of Competition to Take Effect Soon

by Morgan Lewis on

Key changes triggered by the amendment relate to a company’s liability for cartel infringements, the introduction of a transaction value test into merger control, private enforcement through the implementation of the EU...more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

Proposed Changes - China’s commercial bribery laws face major revision.

On February 22, 2017, draft amendments (the 2017 Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress...more

Deciphering RJR Nabisco's 'Domestic Injury' Requirement

Last June, in RJR Nabisco v. European Union, a deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court resolved a three-way split among the federal courts to define the extraterritorial reach of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations...more

Antitrust cartel cases: What companies can expect under a Trump Administration

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, partners Megan Dixon and Kathryn Hellings discuss the trends they are seeing related to domestic and international cartel cases and offer a perspective on what could happen under a Trump...more

KL Snapshot #12 – Janvier-Février 2017

Banque & Finance – Hubert de Vauplane - Rapport Terra Nova : Les conflits d'intérêts, nouvelle frontière de la démocratie de février 2017 - Hubert De Vauplane a été auditionné le 20/03/15 dans le cadre de la...more

Parallel Universes: Antitrust Leniency and the FCPA Pilot Program

by Michael Volkov on

The world of science fiction can be exhilarating. If you ever read The Foundation Trilogy or Martian Chronicles, you know what I mean. The concept of parallel universes has always been an intriguing idea where believers can...more

Higher Mitigation of Fines Due to Prompt Implementation of Measures Addressing Authority’s Concerns in Unfair Commercial Practices...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a decision published on 10 February 2017, imposing Samsung Electronics Italia S.p.A. (“Samsung”) fines totaling € 3.1 million for alleged aggressive unfair commercial practices, the Italian Competition Authority (the...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

EC Launches Targeted Competition Enforcement in E-Commerce Sector

If we needed any reminder that the competitiveness of e-commerce was high on the European Commission’s enforcement agenda, we now have unequivocal proof of this. The Commission today launched three separate investigations...more

Changes to Polish Antimonopoly Law in a Nutshell

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, “UOKiK”) has recently published its 2015 annual report presenting its first experiences with the recent amendments to Polish...more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of...more

FTC Charges Taipei Based D-Link for Inadequate Security of Computer Routers and Cameras

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in Northern California against D-Link for putting thousands of consumers at risk over the past decade for failing to have adequate security practices in its routers and...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

China Finalizes New Cyber Security Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

China has finalized a broad new Cyber Security Law, its first comprehensive data privacy and security regulation. It addresses specific privacy rights previously adopted in the European Union and elsewhere such as access,...more

November 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s recently issued consumer protection rules and initiatives, the GAO’s report on air traffic control reorganization, DOT’s tentative approval of...more

A day at the races - the e-commerce sector inquiry, a conference report

by DLA Piper on

On Thursday, 6 October, the European Commission presented its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry (Preliminary Report) to a large audience of interested stakeholders, followed by debates on the three main...more

“E-Commerce must live up to its promise…”

These are the words of Europe’s chief antitrust enforcer, Margrethe Vestager, introducing the Commission’s public hearing on October 6, 2016, on its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry. The promise of...more

Resource for Doing Business in the U.S. – Installment #8 – Consumer Protection

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Almost everyone approaching the U.S. consumer market has heard nightmares about lawsuits and read damaging headlines from consumer claims. These range from industry wide antitrust investigations to criminal indictments for...more

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