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Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – February 2017

Product Pricing and Antitrust Law in the United States - A recent US court action by a Japanese company in respect of a competitor’s volume discounts - Introduction - The current position in the US on the rules...more

Noodle This! The Yin and Yang of Two Courts, Two Antitrust Cases, Two Class Certification Motions, Two Daubert Challenges, Two...

Noodle this: Two significant orders on class certification in antitrust matters issued last week. Both were heavily influenced by the threshold determination of Daubert challenges to the plaintiffs’ expert evidence. In one...more

What to Expect From FTC during Trump Administration: New Leader Illuminates

On Jan. 25, President Trump named Maureen Ohlhausen as the Federal Trade Commission’s acting chairwoman. A recent speech by Ohlhausen, who has served as a commissioner for the FTC since 2012, shed some light on the role the...more

Expanding HSR Gunjumping Enforcement: Swan Song, or Harbinger of What's to Come?

In a move that may not have stood up under the new administration, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division settled a matter during the last days of the Obama Administration which involved allegations of...more

FTC Takes Another Look at Merger Remedies

On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to 2012. Nearly two decades after it issued a similar...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing Address New Laws, Omit Some Key Areas

In 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) published guidelines that delineated how and when the Agencies would evaluate intellectual property licensing...more

2017 Antitrust Outlook – A Year of Uncertainty

We expect that this year’s antitrust outlook will continue to carry a degree of uncertainty, whether in the United States, the European Union, or elsewhere. Our next two posts will cover some of the causes of present...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Revised Guidelines for Licensing of Intellectual Property

Since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) first issued the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (Guidelines) in 1995, both antitrust...more

Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

The District of Columbia federal court recently ruled that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana cannot proceed, granting the US Department of Justice’s bid to block the combination on...more

Flurry of Antitrust Merger Enforcement Actions as Obama Presidency Comes to a Close

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced several antitrust enforcement actions in advance of the inauguration of President Trump, including settlements for...more

DOJ and FTC Issue Updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property

On January 12, 2017, the United States Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The updates refine the federal government's original...more

DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program

This month, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model Leniency Letters” (FAQs), with releases both before and after the...more

Ninth Circuit Refines Antitrust Standing Doctrine Under Illinois Brick

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently addressed again when plaintiffs have standing to pursue federal antitrust claims under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, 431...more

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Issue Updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of...

On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The updated Guidelines retain the core principles of the 1995...more

Appeals Court Resoundingly Affirms Scope and Breadth of Shipping Act Antitrust Exemption

In August 2015, a federal court held in an apparent case of first impression that the Shipping Act of 1984 (the “Shipping Act”), preempts state law claims as well as federal antitrust claims. Direct and indirect purchasers of...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2017

The IRS has announced it will begin treating certain syndicated conservation easement transactions and “substantially similar” transactions as “listed transactions.” Notice 2017-20 published on December 23, 2016 (the...more

The New Joint DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the “Guidelines”). These Guidelines replaced those issued...more

FTC and DeVry University Settle False Advertising Claims for $100M

In December 2016, DeVry University agreed to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations stemming from DeVry’s advertising about the employment rates and salaries of its...more

FTC Announces Annual HSR Premerger Notification Threshold and Clayton Act Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Adjustments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) thresholds will be increased. The FTC also announced that it has revised the thresholds that trigger...more

Federal Trade Commission Increases Interlocking Directorates Thresholds

Last week the Federal Trade Commission published its annual revision of the interlocking directorates thresholds under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. The new thresholds are effective today, January 26, 2017....more

FTC Announces Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Effective Feb. 27, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its annual revisions to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR), which will apply to all transactions closing on or after Feb. 27,...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #3

Editor's Note - Opposition Emerges to OCC FinTech Charter. In advance of the deadline to submit comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) paper proposing a federal FinTech charter, the Conference...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot: United States: October – December Update

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

Update On Annual Adjustment To HSR Reporting Threshold And Recent Enforcement Actions Against Investors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that the 2017 size-of-transaction threshold for reporting proposed mergers and acquisitions under Section 7A of the Clayton Act, as added by the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

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