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ITC Holds Section 201 Hearing on Solar Imports

On August 15, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) held a hearing to consider whether solar panels are being imported in such increased quantities that they are the “substantial cause” of serious injury or the...more

ALJ Essex Retires

by Jones Day on

ALJ Essex has retired from the ITC after a decade of service. News of his retirement was provided in notices issued this week by Chief ALJ Bullock in investigations previously assigned to ALJ Essex....more

Report of the JFTC/CPRC Study Group on Data and Competition Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") and the Competition Policy Research Center ("CPRC"), jointly published their "Report of Study Group on Data and Competition Policy" ("Report"). The Study Group kicked...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 4th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 4, 2017 is below. An important update on the status of rate parity in the EU leads things off in this week’s Update...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The UK Government’s Brexit strategy took another step forward on 13th July 2017 with the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, commonly referred to as the “Great Repeal Bill”. There was not much of a fanfare...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 16, review of the book The Chickenshit Club

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, the Everything Compliance trio of Matt Kelly, Jay Rosen and Tom Fox unpack our first book review. We consider the recently released The Chickenshit Club by Jesse Eisinger and it may mean for the compliance...more

Social Links: Can media companies be liable for their talents’ social media posts?; a trade group for social influencers; a...

A defamation suit brought by one reality television star against another—and naming Discovery Communications as a defendant—could determine to what extent (if any) media companies may be held responsible for what their talent...more

Update: Italian Parliament approves the new National Merger Filing Thresholds

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 2 August 2017, the Italian Parliament has adopted the Italian Competition Law, following a complex and long legislative procedure. As already reported, an intense debate surrounded the discussion and the approval of the...more

UK to Study Brexit’s Impact on Competition Law

On 23 July 2017, the UK House of Lords’ EU Internal Market Sub-Committee launched an inquiry into the future of the enforcement of the UK’s competition rules once the UK leaves the European Union. Interested parties are...more

European Commission Consultation: Developing the Secondary Market for Non-Performing Loans

by Jones Day on

The European Commission ("Commission") has released a consultation paper to evaluate the merits of introducing measures to support secondary markets for distressed debt and the development of a new, contractual-based loan...more

Belgium Adopts Law Enacting EU Directive on Private Antitrust Damages

by Jones Day on

On June 6, 2017, Belgium adopted legislation ("Law") transposing the EU directive on private antitrust damages (Directive 2014/104, ("Directive")). The Law became applicable on June 22, 2017, and is expected to boost private...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - August 2017

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USTR Issues NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives - On July 17, 2017, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer released the Trump Administration’s objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade...more

German Government Expands Authority Over Takeovers by Investors from Outside the EU

by Jones Day on

On July 18, 2017, the German government enacted changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance ("AWV") that significantly expand the scope of the law....more

Investigations in the Healthcare Sector by the French Competition Authority: Drugmakers’ Potential “Excessive Pricing” At Stake

by Reed Smith on

French competition authority to start investigations into potentially “excessive prices” in the healthcare market in the next weeks, following increasing scrutiny across Europe. On 3 July 2017, the president of the French...more

Amendments to the Foreign Investments Law: a means to tighten control?

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On 18 July 2017, the Russian President signed Federal Law No. 165-FZ, which contains a package of amendments to Federal Law No. 160-FZ dated 9 July 1999 "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" (the "Foreign...more

What MasterCard's Victory Means for the Future of U.K. Class Actions

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Heralded as the new dawn for private competition litigation, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 introduced a procedural mechanism for collective proceedings — “class actions” — in the U.K. However, to date, only two applications...more

If You Need a Second Bite at the IPR Apple, Take It Quickly

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a decision denying a second petition for inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) elucidated the factors weighing against granting the petitioner’s request. The decision underscores the PTAB’s...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

ITC Issues Report On Competitive Conditions Affecting U.S. Aluminum Industry

by King & Spalding on

On February 24, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee (the Committee) requested, under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930, that the International Trade Commission (the Commission) conduct a...more

Class Action Alleges Antitrust Conspiracy Among “Circle of Five” German Automakers

On July 28, 2017, a group of plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the Northern District of California against BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as auto-parts manufacturer Robert Bosch....more

Russia-Iran-North Korea Sanctions: Congress Makes a Statement

by Cozen O'Connor on

In an era when the U.S. Congress can seemingly agree on nothing, both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly last week to expand U.S. sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The ‘‘Countering America’s Adversaries...more

IP Licensing and Antitrust Law – What Companies Have to Consider When Doing Business in the U.S. and the EU

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In both the U.S. and the EU, it is generally acknowledged that the enforcement and commercialization of IP rights must comply with the applicable antitrust laws. This is particularly true for IP licensing. While the majority...more

Double Dipping Allowed in Domestic Industry Allocation

by Jones Day on

The Commission issued an Opinion finding a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof, and Methods of Using Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-971. Of note, the Commission reversed a part of ALJ Bullock’s...more

EU Retail News - July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

New competition register enters into force

by White & Case LLP on

On July 29, 2017, the Act Introducing a Register for Competition (Wettbewerbsregistergesetz – WregG, "Competition Register Act") will enter into force. Companies violating competition or other rules must or can be excluded...more

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