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Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – February 2017

Product Pricing and Antitrust Law in the United States - A recent US court action by a Japanese company in respect of a competitor’s volume discounts - Introduction - The current position in the US on the rules...more

Noodle This! The Yin and Yang of Two Courts, Two Antitrust Cases, Two Class Certification Motions, Two Daubert Challenges, Two...

Noodle this: Two significant orders on class certification in antitrust matters issued last week. Both were heavily influenced by the threshold determination of Daubert challenges to the plaintiffs’ expert evidence. In one...more

Marketplace Shockwaves: Insurer Exits Leave Marketplaces Vulnerable

Early this month, Aetna announced that in 2018, it will not expand its Health Insurance Marketplace ("Marketplace" or "Exchange") coverage, and is evaluating whether it will completely pull out of the Marketplaces created by...more

Non-Reportable ≠ Non-Reviewable: Antitrust Insights for Smaller US Mergers

Acquisitions of U.S. companies that fall below the $80.8 million Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting threshold may pose unique risks to buyers. Unlike HSR reportable transactions, non-reportable transactions typically do not...more

Vizio Pays $2.2 Million To Settle With The FTC Over Its Data Collection And Sharing Practices

On February 6, 2017, Vizio Inc., a manufacturer and seller of internet-connected “smart” televisions, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Office of the New Jersey...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2017

On January 26, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

Advocating for Patient Safety: Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety submits comments in response to FTC Proposed Rule...

The Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety (“Coalition”) is a group of health care providers, medical device manufacturers and academic institutions dedicated to ensuring the safe and appropriate use of contact lens so that...more

The LATEST: FTC “Second Requests” to be Narrower in Scope under Ohlhausen’s Leadership

Transactions that meet the Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for notification must be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice. Where a notified transaction raises competition concerns, the...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #3

NAD Inquiry Results in Modified Celebrity Endorsements - As a result of an inquiry by the National Advertising Division, celebrity endorsements of FitTea were revised to better disclose material connections. The...more

THE LATEST: Employee “No-Poaching” Agreements Remain in the Antitrust Crosshairs

There have been a series of investigations, class action suits and high value settlements involving agreements not to solicit employees. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division made a splash a few...more

Federal Trade Commission Deploys Antitrust Weaponry Against Pharmaceutical Company

In Federal Trade Commission v. Shire ViroPharma Inc. (D. Del. Feb. 7, 2017), the FTC has, for the first time, deployed its antitrust weaponry against a pharmaceutical company’s alleged practice of using the FDA’s...more

What to Expect From FTC during Trump Administration: New Leader Illuminates

On Jan. 25, President Trump named Maureen Ohlhausen as the Federal Trade Commission’s acting chairwoman. A recent speech by Ohlhausen, who has served as a commissioner for the FTC since 2012, shed some light on the role the...more

PowerPoint Slides: Avoiding Trade Association Antitrust Pitfalls

During this webinar, the speakers discussed the antitrust issues implicated by membership in and the administration of trade associations. Key topics included: -Trade association “do’s and don’ts” for members and...more

Webinar Recording: Avoiding Trade Association Antitrust Pitfalls [Video]

During this webinar, the speakers discussed the antitrust issues implicated by membership in and the administration of trade associations. Key topics included: -Trade association “do’s and don’ts” for members and...more

Commerce Establishes Advisory Council on Trade Enforcement and Compliance

On January 4, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the establishment of the Advisory Council on Trade Enforcement and Compliance (ACTEC). The ACTEC is a government-business forum that will seek “stakeholder input...more

FTC sends letter to CFPB on 2016 debt collection activities

The FTC has sent a letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities in 2016.  The letter is intended to provide the CFPB with information for its annual report to Congress on the federal government’s FDCPA...more

Justice Department Policy Changes Limit Avenues of Immunity for Antitrust Crimes

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division offers immunity from prosecution to applicants who are the first to self-report antitrust violations. That immunity carries with it limited protection from...more

February 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and...more

New provisions on German antitrust law under debate in German parliament

On 1 July 2016, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs published a draft bill for the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen – GWB). The draft bill...more

Expanding HSR Gunjumping Enforcement: Swan Song, or Harbinger of What's to Come?

In a move that may not have stood up under the new administration, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division settled a matter during the last days of the Obama Administration which involved allegations of...more

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

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

Second Circuit Declares That, to Survive Motions to Dismiss, Antitrust Allegations Require Factual Support for All “Necessary...

Last Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals partially vacated the judgment of the district court in In re Actos End-Payor Antitrust Litigation. In doing so, the Second Circuit allowed only plaintiffs’ claims that...more

FTC Announces Increased HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

The U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced the revised transaction thresholds that trigger a requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

FTC Takes Another Look at Merger Remedies

On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to 2012. Nearly two decades after it issued a similar...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

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