Anticompetitive Agreements

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"Antitrust and Competition: Nonmerger Enforcement Activity Heats Up on Both Sides of the Atlantic"

U.S. and European antitrust agencies had similar enforcement priorities last year, a trend we expect to continue in 2014. Nonmerger enforcement will continue to focus on intellectual property, financial services and...more

Past as Prologue: Rebirth of the Merger Trial and the Bazaarvoice Case

For many years after its implementation, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 seemed to sound the death knell of post-consummation merger trials. By establishing a file-and-wait system rather than the old...more

Another Example of Why You Should Follow the “New York Times” Rule — the Bazaarvoice Decision

Have you heard of the New York Times rule? The rule is: don’t write something down in a business communication unless you’re comfortable with its text appearing in the New York Times. If everyone followed this rule, lawyers...more

‘The Past Is Never Dead’: FTC Requires Divestiture of Acquisition Five Years After Deal Closed

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the divestiture of a five-year old acquisition, signifying that neither complete consummation of a transaction nor the passage of time will dissuade the FTC from challenging mergers...more

Injunctive Relief, but not Damages Class, Certified in NCAA Student-Athlete Litigation

In In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160739 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 8, 2013) (Wilken, J.)., the Court certified a class of current and former student-athletes seeking injunctive...more

A Useful Reminder About Sham Litigation as Exclusionary Conduct

In Surface Supplied, Inc. v. Kirby Morgan Dive Systems, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143478 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2013) (Chesney, J.), the Court dismissed attempted monopolization and monopolization counterclaims with leave to...more

Court Rules That Patent Infringement Can Violate Antitrust Laws

Patent infringement can be considered anticompetitive conduct under federal antitrust law, according to a recent ruling issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. ...more

Fix My Merger – Lessons from FTC Bureau Director Feinstein on the Use of Consent Orders to Remedy Anticompetitive Mergers

In her first speech since becoming Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Deborah Feinstein highlighted five benefits arising from addressing antitrust violations through consent orders and...more

If Your Allegations Don’t Establish a Price Effect, You May Lack Antitrust Standing

In Somers v. Apple, Inc., Case No. 11-16896 (9th Cir. Sept. 3, 2013), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a putative class action against Apple, Inc., alleging antitrust violations in connection with...more

Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act Defeats Claim Against Holder Of Patent Incorporated Into Industry Standard

Plaintiff alleged that defendants, which were affiliates of each other, held patents that were essential for plaintiff to manufacture and market USB 3.0 connectors that complied with a standard adopted by the industry for...more

Competition Issues In Resources Projects - Sharing Infrastructure (Australia)

INTRODUCTION - Users of open access supply chains frequently seek to collectively negotiate various arrangements between themselves and with the supply chain operator. These negotiations and subsequent agreements often...more

Supreme Court Corner - Q2 2013

Bowman v. Monsanto Co. - Decided: 5/13/2013 - Patent - Holding: (9-0) Patent rights are exhausted for only original seed sold. Bowman, a farmer, purchased and planted Monsanto’s patented...more

Lonely Conspirators: Antitrust Liability When Nobody Joins Your Conspiracy

The worst antitrust offenses involve conspiracies involving multiple actors. Hard-core offenses under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, such as price-fixing, market division, customer allocation, or bid-rigging, require...more

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