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Who Poked Whom First: Does a Friend Request or Social Media Invite Count as Solicitation?

by Fisher Phillips on

When Gregory Gelineau quit his job at an Illinois-based insurance company to work for a competitor, he sent LinkedIn invitations to a group of his former co-workers. In response, Gelineau’s former company sued him. The...more

China proposes new rules to address perceived anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry

by Hogan Lovells on

On 14 August 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") released a draft of the Guidelines on Pricing Conduct by Business Operators for Drugs in Shortage and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients ("Draft...more

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

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

Loyalty-Discount Programs and the Antitrust Laws

by Polsinelli on

Loyalty discounts are price reductions by a supplier in return for a customer’s commitment to purchase a certain percentage of its requirements from the supplier. Sellers also sometimes discount their prices if a customer...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

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

Coty: Selective distribution and the luxury of prohibiting third party platform sales

by DLA Piper on

With the meteoric rise in internet selling, the permissibility of banning selective distributors from selling via "third party platforms" is a hotly debated topic across the EU, particularly in Germany and Austria. In...more

Selective distribution systems: AG Wahl advises to allow a ban on sales via online marketplaces

by White & Case LLP on

In his opinion in Coty, Advocate General ("AG") Wahl invites the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") to rule that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system is, under certain conditions, allowed to prohibit its...more

Sabre Appeals to the Second Circuit After $15M Jury Verdict for US Airways

Last week, Sabre filed its principal brief on appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn the jury’s verdict of $15 million and find for Sabre or, in the alternative, grant a new trial in US Airways...more

Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

by Jones Day on

A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

THE LATEST: Federal Judge Blocks Merger of Nuclear Waste Disposal Companies Rejecting “Failing Firm” Defense

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On June 21, 2017, US District Judge Sue L. Robinson blocked EnergySolutions, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS), applying a strict standard for the “failing firm” defense to a merger challenge....more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

FTC Weighs in on State Lawmaking on Appraisal Fees

Last month, the FTC staff sent a letter warning North Carolina’s General Assembly that a pending bill regarding the state’s real estate appraisal board could run afoul of competitive principles. The staff notes that it is...more

FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger

On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies DraftKings and FanDuel from consummating their proposed...more

Supreme Court Seeks Input of United States in International Price-Fixing Case - Request Could Signal Intent to Review Second...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2017, took the somewhat unusual step of inviting the Acting Solicitor General to express the views of the United States regarding Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome...more

Pennsylvania Vision Insurer Accused of Anticompetitive Conduct

by Baker Donelson on

A group of independent Pennsylvania optometrists and ophthalmologists recently filed a proposed class action antitrust case against vision insurer Davis Vision, alleging that Davis Vision's in-network contractual provisions...more

Japan Fair Trade Commission Survey of LNG Trades

by King & Spalding on

On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) published its highly anticipated “Survey on LNG Trades” (the “Survey”) that reviews the impact of destination restrictions on long term LNG imports into Japan and...more

Competition Law Review 2017

TOP STORIES - Mediation works - Parkland Fuel Corp. reached a mediated consent agreement (the first of its kind) with the Competition Bureau to remedy concerns raised by its acquisition of Pioneer Energy. Parkland...more

Antitrust Challenge to Narrow Network Products – 7th Circuit Rules in Favor of Exclusive Agreement

by Ruder Ware on

The health care market has recently seen a resurgence in narrow network products. To a significant degree, the resurgence of these products has been driven by the need for managed care plans looking for new avenues to help...more

What applies as of when? – When will the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB) apply?

by Hogan Lovells on

So it has begun. However, when will the new provisions of the 9th amendment of the GWB actually apply? Aside from a number of exceptions, the 9th amendment will come into force on the day following its promulgation. But, a...more

Online Trade Under Antitrust Scrutiny in EC's E-Commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report

by Jones Day on

On May 10, 2017, the European Commission published its long-awaited Final Report on the 2015 E-commerce Sector Inquiry ("Report"). The Report highlights the Commission's enforcement priorities in the online markets for...more

German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) Publishes Merger Remedies Guidance

by Jones Day on

The German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt or "FCO") has published guidance on the requirements placed on remedies in merger control and their implementation. Remedies are an important instrument in merger control...more

Suit Over Hospitals’ Alleged Anticompetitive Marketing Sent to Trial

Conspiracies between competitors can be hard to prove, even when other parties to the alleged conspiracy have settled. On May 31, 2017, a federal judge denied summary judgment and ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

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