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Cartel Prosecutions – The Next Wave and the New Message from the U.S. Antitrust Division

It is widely rumored that the U.S. Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“Antitrust Division”) is already working toward its next wave of international cartel investigations. The blockbuster auto parts...more

Public Outcry Over Generic Price Hikes Spurs Criminal Investigations

Drug manufacturers Impax Laboratories and Lannett Company have come under public scrutiny and, more recently, criminal investigation for their recent generic drug price increases. The companies disclosed in recent SEC filings...more

Developments in the Capacitor Cartel Litigation: Class Counsel Appointed and the Antitrust Division Intervenes

In July, we wrote about two putative class action lawsuits alleging that Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers had formed a cartel to boost prices of certain electronic capacitors. Since then, the cases have...more

Critiquing FCPA Enforcement and the GSK Domestic Corruption Conviction

Recently the FCPA Professor posted a blog, entitled “Look in the Mirror Moments”, in which he used written commentary by the US Secretary of the Treasury to the Chinese government about the Chinese governments anti-trust...more

DOJ Will Not Challenge Cyber Security Data Sharing Platform

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a cyber intelligence data-sharing platform known as TruSTAR, developed by CyberPoint International, LLC, passed antitrust muster. The TruSTAR platform allows...more

Supreme Court’s 2014-15 Term: Antitrust Case May Impact the Activities of Alcohol Industry Public/Private Organizations

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that could have significant implications for hybrid public/private “regulatory” bodies. Many such bodies, like state and local wine...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review - Chapter 2: EU Competition

While the European Commission’s highly visible antitrust and cartel investigations arguably dominated the headlines during the past 12 months, the EU’s merger control regime, even without a single prohibition decision, still...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Chapter 4: U.S. Antitrust

US COMPETITION OVERVIEW - As President Obama nears the midpoint of his second term, merger activity suffered a slight year-over-year dip but has still recovered moderately from the first years of the global economic...more

Combating Unfair Competition: The Convergence of China’s Antitrust and Anti-Graft Enforcement Activities

Recent investigations and high profile convictions highlight the ongoing crackdown by China’s authorities against anti-competitive conduct. In their efforts to combat unfair competition, Chinese authorities have used both...more

New EU Competition Commissioner’s Priorities For 2014-2019: Hearing Before The European Parliament

Margrethe Vestager, former Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark, is designated to become the next EU Competition Commissioner in November 2014. The EU Competition Commissioner is a powerful figure in Europe, as witnessed by the...more

UK Competition Authority acted irrationally in hotel room on-line pricing case

A decision by the UK’s former competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT – now replaced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)) to accept commitments to settle its investigation into on-line prices for...more

In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J. 2014)

In the lastest instance of a plaintiff attempting to extend the Supreme Court's holding in FTC v. Actavis that "reverse payment" settlement agreements in ANDA litigation could be anticompetitive and violate the antitrust...more

North Carolina Dental Board Urges Reversal of FTC’s “Radical” Stance on State Action Immunity

North Carolina’s State Board of Dental Examiners has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) “radical departure” from decades of established precedent that offers state actors immunity...more

Sizing Up the Competition: Antitrust Enforcement and the Bazaarvoice Ruling

High-profile or highly profitable firms are no longer the sole targets of post-merger divestitures by antitrust enforcers. Today, firms that have little or no revenues, including some that operate in emergent industries with...more

US China Trade War–Developments In Trade, Tax, Customs, Patents/337, Antitrust And Securities

As indicated in the attached invitation, INVITATION VANCOUVER RUSSIAN SANCTIONS SPEECH, on September 3, 2014, from 10AM to 12PM, in an event sponsored by Deloitte Tax Law and the Canadian, Eurasian and Russian Business...more

Belgium Streamlines Competition Enforcement Regime

Perhaps best known worldwide for its Trappist breweries, Belgium is increasingly hospitable to business regulation. It is among the many countries that have recently introduced new laws and created new agencies to regulate...more

Increasing Cooperation in International Antitrust Enforcement

As we noted earlier this month, one factor that may contribute to the increase in criminal antitrust fines over the past ten years is the Antitrust Division’s focus on anticompetitive conduct that is international in scope. ...more

DOJ Fines Berkshire Hathaway $896,000 for Failure to Comply with Premerger Notification Requirements

On August 20, 2014, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (“Berkshire Hathaway”) settled with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its failure to comply with the premerger...more

Bundled Discounts Subject to Section 1/Clayton 3 Scrutiny In the Absence of Market Power and Substantial Foreclosure?

Bundled discount programs have received significant antitrust scrutiny over the past decade, even though these marketing programs may benefit both consumers and competition. Typically, bundled discounts have been evaluated as...more

Antitrust Enforcement and Compliance Programs [Video]

The Department of Justice had a record year in criminal antitrust enforcement. Global enforcement and coordination continues to increase. As a result, global companies face significant antitrust risk from cartel...more

Top Components of Effective Antitrust Corporate Compliance Programs, Part 1

With DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the FTC ramping up antitrust enforcement, it is critical for companies to take a hard look at their compliance programs and update them on a regular basis to avoid potential antitrust...more

Cartel Suits Filed Against Capacitor Manufacturers after Reports of Cooperation with Authorities

A pair of putative class actions has been filed in the past two weeks charging Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers with forming a cartel to boost prices in the sagging market for certain electronics...more

Focus on Private Equity - July 2014

In This Issue: - Latin American Private Equity on the Rise - Tax Considerations When Acquiring Non-U.S. Portfolio Companies—Mitigating Subpart F Inclusions - Private Equity Funds at Higher Risk of...more

Aerospace & Defense Series: DOD Study Touts Competition Benefits in Military Purchases—Creates Implications for Future Antitrust...

It is a general tenet that competition serves customers well, enabling them to acquire better products at lower prices. Of course, this premise underlies the antitrust laws. In the aerospace and defense industry, the...more

2014 Cartel Penalties On Pace to Set Record

Global antitrust regulators are on pace to levy record-breaking cartel penalties in 2014. If global regulators keep pace, cartel penalties will surpass 2013’s record total. Through June, U.S. antitrust regulators issued...more

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