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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

European Court of Justice Upholds Use of Evidence from Noncompetition Authority

by Jones Day on

The European Court of Justice ("CoJ") has upheld the European Commission's use of evidence transmitted by a national authority other than a Member State competition authority in a cartel investigation. The CoJ ruled on April...more

Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

by Field Law on

When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...more

Changes to competition law: The Misuse of Market Power Bill

by Dentons on

The Senate is currently considering changes to the misuse of market power provisions in section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)....more

European Commission Sets its Sights on Allegedly Excessive Drug Prices

by Jones Day on

In the European Union, Big Pharma has been operating with a target on its back for the best part of the last decade. Following its 2008 sector inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission vowed to clamp down on...more

(No) need to argue – What is certain, what is presumed and what can be estimated in cartel damage litigation after the 9th...

by Hogan Lovells on

Where is no plaintiff, there is also no judge: Private enforcement of competition law presupposes that there are plaintiffs who take a cartel to court. Plaintiffs exist where actions are worth it. Cartel victims may obtain...more

Plaintiff's paradise? – The passing-on defense after the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB)

by Hogan Lovells on

Cartelists facing damage claims by their customers regularly defend themselves with the objection of the so-called passing-on defense. According to such objection, a purchaser of the cartel cannot claim damages in so far as...more

New Competition Law in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

Today, significant changes to the German Act against Restraints of Competition have entered into effect. This newsletter provides an overview of the most significant aspects of the 9th amendment to the German competition law....more

"I want my money back!" – Cartel damages claims after the 9th reform of the German Competition Act

by Hogan Lovells on

One of the primary aspects covered by the 9th reform of the German Competition Act that has just entered into effect is the transposition of the EU Cartel Damages Directive into German law. The preparatory works in the draft...more

Where's the beef? – 5 minutes for the highlights of German Competition Act reform

by Hogan Lovells on

The 9th reform of the German Competition Act is due to take effect on 9 June 2017. It primarily transposes the EU Cartel Damages Directive into German law. On top, it brings a number of other amendments. Here is a summary of...more

Multi-Defendant Antitrust Litigation: Lessons Learned from In re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation

Last Friday, in the latest development in the massive auto parts antitrust litigation, the State of California settled with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and related companies regarding their sale of wire harness systems...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

EU Regulators Open Pharma Pricing Investigations Focusing on Abuse of Dominance - The European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both opened new investigations into alleged abuses of...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

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