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Rate Parity Under Attack

Over the last decade, Online Travel Agents (“OTAs”), such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Booking.com, have gained enormous market power. The OTAs have advertising budgets that dwarf those of most hotels, and they benefit from...more

FTC Issues Statement of Principles on Section 5 Enforcement

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission approved its first official guidelines on the breadth of its powers to prosecute “unfair methods of competition” that are not violations of federal antitrust law. The...more

EU Continues to Focus on the Food Supply Chain

The EU food supply chain continues to be the subject of significant political and regulatory focus. Players in the sector at any level should carefully monitor the evolving situation, since there are plenty of opportunities...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Seeking Injunctive Relief: How Irreparable Harm Has Been Analyzed in Federal and State Courts

One of the most important considerations New Jersey practitioners encounter when seeking injunctive relief is where to file: state (Chancery Division) versus federal (district) court. In non-emergent complex litigation, this...more

"After Long Debate, FTC Issues Only General Principles Regarding Section 5"

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued formal guidance on Section 5 enforcement consisting of a general statement of principles1 to guide application of its authority to challenge “unfair methods...more

Health Update - August 2015

Five Lessons From 2015 Healthcare Deals - In 2015, we already have seen a great deal of activity in healthcare transactions that is attracting antitrust scrutiny, with mixed results. Among the winners have been Cabell...more

Hotels Troubled over Potential Expedia-Orbitz Merger

Expedia, Inc. (“Expedia”) is in the works to acquire Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (“Orbitz”) for $1.6 billion dollars. This news arrives on the heels of Expedia’s purchase of Travelocity for $280 million in January, 2015. The...more

Play for Pay? Not Today, Says the Ninth Circuit in the Latest NCAA Ruling

Whether the amateurism rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violate federal antitrust laws remains an active issue before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But the dramatic changes ordered by U.S....more

Motorola and the Extraterritorial Application of US Antitrust Laws to Foreign Component Price Fixing Cartels

Last month the Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal for two related antitrust cases involving an international price-fixing cartel. The cases come from different circuits, one was criminal and the other civil, but they...more

CON laws, COPAs and the FTC: 7 Antitrust Points For The Healthcare Sector

The Federal Trade Commission is on a roll in its attack on what it considers anti-competitive effects in the healthcare industry. And that roll has consistently involved challenging activity that once appeared to be protected...more

Antitrust Development: The FTC Provides Updated Guidance for Merger Review Best Practices

On August 4, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission issued updated best practices guidance for merger reviews. This is the first guidance that the FTC has issued on the merger review process since the 2006 merger review reforms....more

The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation Eases the Evidential Burden on Private Claimants to Bring Actions for Antitrust Damages in...

The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation (the “Court”) has recently issued a landmark judgment that significantly reduces the burden of proof on claimants to bring stand-alone actions for antitrust damages, i.e., independent...more

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

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

Anthem-Cigna Mega Merger Likely Problematic for Providers

Anthem announced on July 24, 2015 that it would purchase Cigna, just three weeks after Aetna agreed to buy Human for $37 billion. The deal is valued at $54.2 billion, and would create the United States’ largest health insurer...more

Huawei v ZTE - CJEU Landmark Decision Provides New Ground Rules for Asserting Standard-Essential Patents in Europe

In a landmark decision issued on July 16, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) provided new guidelines on how patent infringement courts in Europe should deal with patent proprietors seeking injunctions or...more

Corporate antitrust compliance systems – changes initiated by FAS Russia

On July 8, 2015, the Presidium of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS Russia) provisionally approved the idea of changes to the RF Law on Protection of Competition that would introduce the concept of a “system of...more

The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and its impact on your business

The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more

Buy One Get One (Discounted) Only Violates The Sherman Act If The Discount For The “Tied” Product Is Below Cost

In a recent opinion, Collins Inkjet Corp. v. Eastman Kodak Co., the Sixth Circuit held that differential pricing in a tying arrangement (i.e., “I will charge you less for printer replacement parts, but only if you buy all of...more

Antitrust Liability And Subsidiary Companies

In Tesco Stores Ltd & ors v Mastercard Inc & ors [2015] EWHC 1145, 24 April 2015, Mastercard was unsuccessful in attempting to strike out the claimants' antitrust claim in relation to the setting of multilateral interchange...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

This is the first in a series of monthly EU regulatory briefs - summarising key regulatory developments across a number of sectors in the EU. Antitrust and Competition - The European Commission launches an...more

Appellate Court Weighs In on Pharmaceutical “Product Hopping” - People of the State of New York v. Actavis PLC

As the first court of appeals to address the issue of product hopping, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction, finding that product hopping is...more

“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”* — Doctors, Vets, and Lawyers in the Antitrust Crosshairs

Supreme Court Decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission Prompts Legal Challenges to State Professional Boards - Earlier this month a Texas federal district court judge granted a...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2015

On 24 June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was defeated in its first attempt at convincing a jury to convict individuals for the UK criminal “cartel offence”. The jury was not persuaded that the two...more

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