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China: A New Dawn in Anti-Trust

Chinese antitrust regulators have not historically been known to engage in aggressive investigations. Things may be beginning to change. Last year, both Qualcomm and IDC were put under the microscope by PRC National...more

US DOJ’s First Successful Extradition Based On Antitrust Charges

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano...more

"US Department of Justice Extradites First Foreign National on Antitrust Charge"

On April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced the first-ever successful extradition on an antitrust charge. A German appeals court had approved the extradition of Romano...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Keep the Government out of Your Transaction: Practical Antitrust Tips for Mergers [Video]

You're the CEO of a large company considering a merger with a competitor. You've done your due diligence and both companies want to move forward. There are antitrust issues to explore before the deal can be done. In this...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - April 2014

Shanghai High People’s Court Rules That Resale Price Maintenance Agreement Constitutes Monopolistic Agreement - The Shanghai High People’s Court recently made available its Aug. 1, 2013 final judgment overruling the...more

Google Settlement Ends Years of EU Antitrust Inquiries

In 2010, European regulators began investigating claims that Google abused its dominance in Internet search and advertising by favoring its own products and services in search results. Google powers 90 percent of searches in...more

District of New Jersey Finds Settlement Without Reverse Payment Is Not Subject To Anti-Trust Scrutiny

On January 24, 2014, in In re Lamictal Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, No. 12-cv-995, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9257 (D.N.J. Jan. 24, 2014), Senior District Judge William H. Walls dismissed a putative, antitrust-class...more

"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

Professional and Trade Association Codes of Ethics Can Lead To Antitrust Trouble

Professional and trade associations contribute to the public welfare in many ways, including disseminating information, promoting research, developing standards and spurring industry initiatives. But such associations...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Surveying Global M&A Enforcement Trends"

US: Agencies Continue Aggressive Enforcement - Despite changes in leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) in 2013, the...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - January 2014 • Volume 3, Number 1

In This Issue: - MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR RESCINDS EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING BLUE CROSS OF MISSISSIPPI TO GRANT “IN NETWORK” STATUS TO EXCLUDED HOSPITALS: In early November, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant...more

FCPA Predictions For The New Year – 2014

The new year — 2014 — will continue with aggressive FCPA enforcement, prosecutions of individuals (retrospective and prospective cases, with some interesting twists along the way. Each year is different in one way or...more

The Dutch Competition Agency Focuses on Anticompetitive Signaling

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) – the Dutch competition agency – has indicated that public statements about future market behavior could infringe competition law. This is the first time an EU...more

FTC Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Health Care, Technology and Energy Sectors

On November 15, 2013, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez testified on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform on the topic of antitrust oversight and enforcement. Ramirez...more

White Collar Watch - November 2013

In This Issue: - The true cost of fines: Bills would address tax break for corporate fines - Senate approves new protection for criminal antitrust whistleblowers - Justice Department sinks ex-Navy...more

Clearance: Proskauer's Quarterly Antitrust Update - Fall 2013

In Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., the Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision written by Justice Breyer, reversed the Eleventh Circuit's dismissal of an FTC complaint under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission...more

Online sales restrictions under scrutiny of European Antitrust Authorities

Background - Antitrust authorities in Europe are getting more and more rigid with regard to clauses that restrict or ban online sales, especially sales over internet platforms such as Amazon and ebay. In principle, the...more

Antitrust Enforcement is Alive and Well

In recent years there has been a great deal of media coverage and professional CLE programming on Foreign Corrupt Practice Act prosecutions and enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the...more

Antitrust Compliance And Credit For An Effective Compliance Program

The Antitrust Division and practitioners live in their own world. It is part of the fabric when you work in the Antitrust Division – it is an entity unto itself within the Department of Justice. For years, the Antitrust...more

FTC Investigations of Technology Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, a FTC attorney advisor who reviewed non-public information on decisions to investigate proposed...more

Antitrust Investigations in China: Putting Things in Perspective

The current press is buzzing with news about the recent increase in antitrust investigations involving foreign companies with operations in China, and reports of foreign companies being told to expect higher fines if they...more

Bill Baer Announces First Major Policy Shift And Provides 2013 Antitrust Division Update

Bill Baer assumed his post as leader of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in January of this year and is starting to make his mark....more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 7, July 2013

“Reverse Payment” Settlements Face Greater Antitrust Scrutiny Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in FTC v. Actavis: Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc. - Resolving a split among the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the...more

Criminal Antitrust Newsletter - July 2013

INDUSTRY SCORECARD - E-books: Apple Inc.’s high-profile price-fixing trial ended in June, and the Court decided the case in the government’s favor recently. Some reports from the trial suggested that the case brought...more

Antitrust Authority blocks 15 websites selling counterfeited products (Italy)

The Italian Antitrust Authority, together with the Guardia di Finanza (tax police), following the prior experience with 3 websites of counterfeited products branded Gucci, Prada and Ray Ban, at the end of last week blocked...more

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