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Anticompetitive Agreements

Russia modifies fines for anticompetitive agreements

by DLA Piper on

New amendments to article 14.32 of the Russian Code on Administrative Offences (Amendments) entered into force on 28 April 2017 and establish new penalties for concluding anticompetitive agreements, implementing concerted...more

Anthem Loses Merger Appeal in a 2-1 Decision by the D.C. Circuit

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 24, the D.C. Circuit held oral argument on Anthem's appeal in United States v. Anthem, in which Anthem sought to have the appellate court overturn District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson's ruling that barred the...more

Compliance Programs – The Italian Competition Authority Highlights the Importance of an Effective Implementation and Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 19 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (the Authority) issued a decision concerning alleged anticompetitive agreements in the home ventilotherapy and home oxygentherapy supply services sector in Italy. The...more

FTC Sues Qualcomm for Using Anticompetitive Tactics to Maintain Chip Monopoly

Last week, the FTC filed a complaint against Qualcomm, a manufacturer of baseband processors, which are chips included in cell phones and other products with cellular connectivity that allow the devices to connect to cell...more

Recent major amendments to the antimonopoly legislation

by Dentons on

On 1 January 2017, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Competition and State Support to Housing Development” (the Law) came into effect. The...more

Antitrust & Distribution Alert - The End of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

On 31 March 2017, the EU Insurance Block Exemption Regulation n° 267/2010 (“IBER”) will expire and will not be renewed. Therefore, the types of cooperation it covered will fall under the general rules of competition...more

The New York Attorney General’s Crackdown on Non-Compete Agreements: What It Means for Investment Managers

Key Points - - To the surprise of many, the New York Attorney General (NYAG) has become active in challenging non-compete agreements entered into between companies and their employees. - The NYAG’s...more

EU Court Rules That Royalties for Unpatented Technology Are Not Necessarily Anticompetitive

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 7 July 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a judgment on whether Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) must be interpreted as precluding effect being...more

CMA warns UK estate agents against colluding in online portal selection

by Bryan Cave on

On 21 April 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published an open letter to estate agents in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning them against unlawful...more

FTC Granted 2-Week Reprieve in Effort to Block Pennsylvania Hospital Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the state of Pennsylvania have two weeks to persuade the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that the pending merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center (“Hershey”) and Pinnacle...more

FTC Settles Monopolization Charges Stemming from Contract Exclusivity Terms Used by First-to-Market Medical Polymer Maker

by Mintz Levin on

The mere possession of monopoly power does not violate federal antitrust laws. The laws only address the anticompetitive acquisition, maintenance, or abuse of that power. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a...more

Premerger Notification Arrives in the Philippines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Philippine Competition Commission has implemented compulsory merger control, while other Philippine antitrust provisions await full application. The world’s 12th most populous nation joins the global antitrust...more

Soda bottler has bitter taste from alleged Pepsi price-fixing

A recent complaint charges PepsiCo Inc. with several antitrust violations, including price fixing and predatory pricing in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, conspiracy and attempt to monopolize in violation of...more

European Commission Proposes Non-renewal of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

by Locke Lord LLP on

The European Commission has recently issued a Report announcing its preliminary view that the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (“IBER”) should not be renewed when it expires on March 31, 2017. The IBER provides an...more

EU & Competition Law Update - March 2016

by Bryan Cave on

Welcome to March's edition of our EU & Competition Law Bulletin covering recent legal developments impacting upon you and your business: - ..United Kindgdom: Large pay for delay fine imposed by CMA. ..Germany and...more

FAS clarified the procedure and methods for proving anticompetitive agreements and inadmissible concerted actions

by Dentons on

At a recent meeting, the Presidium of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (“FAS”) adopted Clarification No. 3 of 17 February 2016 (the “Clarification”), concerning methods for proving anticompetitive agreements,...more

FTC and DOJ Take Aim at State Certificate of Need Laws

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) released their formal recommendation that South Carolina repeal its certificate of need (CON) law regulating...more

FTC and Pennsylvania Challenge Penn State Hershey’s Planned Merger with PinnacleHealth System

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

BNA has reported the planned merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center with PinnacleHealth System will be challenged in federal court by federal and state officials. The Federal Trade Commission and Pennsylvania’s...more

FTC Alleges “Three-to-Two” Hospital Merger Will Reduce Competition

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) authorized an action to block a proposed hospital merger pending an administrative trial. According to the FTC, the merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Hershey) and...more

DOJ Antitrust Head Remains Focused on Health Care in Era of Consolidation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Speaking at an industry conference on November 13, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer reiterated the government’s focus on competition concerns in the health care industry. According to Baer, head of the Department of...more

Antitrust Implication of Recent FTC Patent Related Agreement

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has refocused its efforts on the interplay between the patent system and antitrust law, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. While most of this focus has manifested...more

West Virginia AG Clears Merger Creating Second Largest Hospital Chain in the State with Conduct Remedy

by Mintz Levin on

The federal antitrust enforcement agencies have trumpeted their preferences for structural, as opposed to conduct, remedies as the solution to potentially anticompetitive mergers. In contrast, State Attorneys General have...more

Regulators Sue Four Michigan Hospitals for Agreeing to Restrict Marketing Activities

As most people know, agreements between competitors to fix prices or allocate or divide markets are clear violations of the antitrust laws and can result in serious penalties. In industries as diverse as foreign exchange...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

July Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On June 29, 2015, Sysco Corp. announced that it was pulling the plug on its $3.5 billion proposed merger with US Foods Inc. The news comes less than a week after a Washington, D.C., federal judge concluded that the Federal...more

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