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Australian Competition Law: Update for the Aviation Industry

Airlines operating in Australia currently face an unprecedented degree of legal and regulatory change. This shifting landscape presents both opportunities and risks. Harper Review creates opportunity for structural...more

Shipping Executive Pleads Guilty to Ocean-Shipping Price Fixing Conspiracy

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, an employee of the Japan-based Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) pleaded guilty to a violation of the Sherman Act for conspiring to fix prices and rig bids for international ocean shipping from...more

The Game of Drones: between the Far West and a new European regulation

Unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, are being increasingly used throughout Europe (and elsewhere) in a variety of sectors, from news, documentaries and TV productions to pizza delivery (albeit less frequently!)…...more

Foreign Airlines Move to Dismiss Rate-Fixing Litigation

Last Friday, foreign cargo carriers filed motions to dismiss an air freight price-fixing suit brought by Schenker AG, the logistics division of Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, in the Eastern District of New...more

Four Takeaways from the Ongoing Air Cargo Price-Fixing Litigation

Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd last week agreed to pay $36.55 million to settle claims that it conspired with other airlines to fix rates for air cargo services in the early 2000s. Two dozen airlines have settled in the...more

U.S. Regulators Face European Competition On UAV

Just as the commercial space and satellite industry in the United States during the 1990s was hurt by export restrictions on its products, the country's commercial unmanned aerial vehicle ("UAV") industry may soon fall behind...more

Malaysian Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements; Read the Fine Print to Ensure Compliance

Cooperative agreements among liner shipping companies have existed in most trades for more than 100 years. Most major trading nations in Asia and the Pacific Rim have recognized the importance of these agreements to both the...more

Consortia block exemption extended by a further five years

Following a public consultation held earlier this year, the EU Commission has announced the extension of the block exemption providing antitrust immunity to certain cooperative agreements between shipping lines until 2020....more

Price-Fixing Executive Dealt Tough Sentence for Role in Cartel

On December 6, 2013, Frank Peake, former president of Sea Star Line LLC, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for his role in fixing prices for rates and surcharges for freight...more

Commercial Negotiations For Airport Services In The UK Spark A Reconsideration Of Airport Market Power: How Does Australia...

INTRODUCTION - In our August article on recent developments in airport regulation, we considered the United Kingdom (UK) Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) path to economic licencing of airports. To recap, the path is...more

American Airlines & US Airways Merger – Opposite positions taken by US and EU competition authorities

Whereas the European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulations the proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including its main subsidiary American Airlines, on 5 August 2013, the U.S....more

Competition and Regulation Update: Finance Lessons From The Regulation Of UK Airports - A Relevant Case Study For Australian...

INTRODUCTION - Since 2002 when price cap regulation at Australian capital city airports was abolished and replaced with lighthanded price monitoring by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),...more

Up in the air – the suspension of the aviation EU ETS for non-EU airlines: UPDATE

Since our client alert last week, the European Commission has published a draft Decision and ‘Questions and Answers’ (“Q&As”), elaborating on its proposal to ‘stop the clock’ on the international aviation elements of the EU...more

USA v. Fishenko et al.

Letter to the Court Moving for a Permanent Order of Detention

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 3, 2012 released the following: “Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia...more

USA v. Fishenko et al

Federal Criminal Indictment

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 3, 2012 released the following: “Russian Agent and 10 Other Members of Procurement Network for Russian Military and Intelligence Operating in the U.S. and Russia...more

March 1, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Five Major Freight Forwarding Companies Debarred by U.S. Government

Five freight forwarders who have performed significant work for the U.S. Government and Government contractors have been added to the Excluded Party List System (EPLS), meaning that they have been debarred from U.S....more

Court Tosses Transpacific Air Passengers' Claims Based on Alleged Overcharges for Flights Originating in Asia

On May 9, 2011, the District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed with prejudice air passenger travel claims based on foreign injury in an MDL action alleging a ten-year international conspiracy among the...more

U.S. Court Grounds Europe-Japan Air Travel Price-Fixing Case

On October 16, 2009, Judge Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act of 1982, 15 U.S.C. § 6a ("FTAIA") mandated...more

Lang Michener - In Brief - Winter 2007/2008

In this issue: Used when referring to U.S. in the 1940's, the term "sleeping giant" now seems apt when referring to China. The lead article canvasses its new anti-monopoly laws and their impact on Canada. Emphasizing the...more

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