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Antitrust Division’s Spring Update 2017: Insights Regarding DOJ’s Enforcement and Policy

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2017 annual spring update. The update emphasizes the Division’s recent litigation victories, particularly in the merger context. In his introductory remarks, Assistant Attorney...more

Significant Developments in Recent Competition Litigation

In three decisions released at the end of April 2017, Superior Court of Québec, Ontario Divisional Court and Federal Court judges addressed a number of important issues for businesses, including unreasonable delay in...more

The New Competition Law in Thailand Approved

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 18 April 2017, the Thai National Legislative Assembly (NLA) submitted the draft Trade Competition Act B.E. 2560 (2017), which it had approved on 24 March 2017 (the New Act), to the Secretariat to the Cabinet. The Prime...more

Italy: Antitrust Infringements as a Ground for Exclusion From Participation in Public Procurement Procedures

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 19 April 2016, legislative decree n. 50/2016 containing the new Italian Public Procurement Code (PPC) entered into force. The PPC aims to implement, among others, Directive 2014/24/EU which sets out, at Article 57, a...more

THE LATEST: Acting AAG Clarifies Scope of Amnesty for Executives

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division (the Division) offers leniency to the first company to contact the Division and acknowledge participation in an antitrust conspiracy such as price-fixing, bid-rigging or...more

The Italian Council of State Provides Welcome Clarifications Regarding the Standard of Proof That the Italian Competition...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Italian Council of State (“CdS”) has recently annulled a EUR 29 million fine imposed by the Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, “AGCM”) in 2015 on two insurance companies for...more

DOJ and SDNY US Attorney’s Office Indict Three Dealers in Foreign Currency Exchange Spot Market Conspiracy Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A grand jury has indicted three foreign currency exchange spot market dealers for alleged violations of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, in a case brought jointly by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the US Attorney’s Office...more

Alert: Destruction of Evidence During Antitrust Investigation Leads to Stiff Sentence

by Cooley LLP on

The DOJ's investigation into price fixing and bid rigging in the automotive parts industry has yielded another conviction, but not one for violation of the antitrust laws. Instead, a company executive recently pleaded guilty...more

Antitrust Alert: Mexico Brings First Criminal Antitrust Actions for Bid Rigging

by Jones Day on

In an unprecedented action, this month the Investigation Bureau of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission (COFECE) has brought criminal prosecutions against individuals who allegedly participated in bid rigging activities...more

THE LATEST: DOJ Trial Machine is Staffed Up, Fired Up

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..The DOJ Antitrust Division scored another trial win — this time in a real estate foreclosure bid rigging case...more

"DOJ Updates Leniency Program FAQs"

The Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) released updated guidance on the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program, on January 17, 2017. The Leniency Program allows corporations and individuals who self-report their cartel...more

New Competition Law in Thailand - Draft Approved by Cabinet

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 11 October 2016, the Cabinet approved the draft Trade Competition Act B.E. ... (the New Act). As we reported in our e-Bulletin titled Ground-breaking Antitrust Reform in Thailand, published 30 May 2016, the New Act...more

DOJ and Stage AG Investigations Into Generic Pricing Lead to Suits Against Manufacturers and Employees

As we have previously reported, (click, here, here, here, and here to read more), generic drug manufacturers have recently come under intense scrutiny from state and federal regulators for their price hikes. Last week, the...more

Procurement update for UK construction companies

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Mark Bassett highlights the latest procurement news for construction businesses from the last few months. - Concession Contracts threshold: the Cabinet Office and the Crown Commercial Service have published Procurement...more

Canada’s Competition Commissioner Provides Guidance on Innovation, Efficiencies and Competitor Collaborations

The Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) addressed innovation, enforcement and policy initiatives at the Competition Bureau (Bureau) in his keynote speech, “Strengthening Competition: Innovation, Collaboration and...more

Court of Appeal Rules Competition Act is not a Complete Code, Discoverability Principle Applies

On August 11, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal (Court) provided guidance on the limitation period in section 36 of the Competition Act? (Act) and whether the Act removes plaintiffs’ ability to seek damages under common law...more

Antitrust Matters - July 2016

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Welcome to the July issue of DLA Piper's quarterly Antitrust Matters newsletter, which brings you antitrust and competition news from all around the world. While we reflect on the UK's decision to leave the European...more

Second Circuit affirms employers’ right to terminate employees who fail to cooperate with internal investigations

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A recent decision from the Second Circuit affirmed an employers’ right to terminate an employee who refused to participate in an internal investigation. The ruling provides employers with a method of recourse against...more

Cooperate or Terminate: Second Circuit Protects Companies that Terminate Employees for Failure to Cooperate with Investigations

On June 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the right of a company to terminate for cause executives who refuse to cooperate with an internal investigation and remain “silent” even with the specter of...more

CMA publishes guidance to help detect bid-rigging

by Bryan Cave on

On 20th June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) released an open-letter offering advice to public authorities to help spot anti-competitive activity during a tender process. This is known as bid-rigging....more

“Cooperation is Key” – Second Circuit Affirms Employer’s Ability to Fire an Employee for Refusal to Cooperate In an Internal...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In 2004, as then NY Attorney General Elliot Spitzer focused his efforts to root out fraud in an insurance brokerage giant, Marsh & McLennan, two Marsh executives, William Gilman and Edward McNenney, were caught in his...more

Spring Update: Insights Regarding The Antitrust Division’s Recent Activity

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2016 annual spring update. Taking advantage of modern technology, Bill Baer—now the Acting Associate Attorney General serving in the DOJ’s third-highest ranking...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

FTC, DOJ Issue Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a joint statement...more

The Peril in Joint Bidding for Properties

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Wondering what was behind the Department of Justice indictment of the late Aubrey McClendon? The charge was conspiring to rig bids for oil and gas properties in Oklahoma. Read the McClendon indictment and engage in the parlor...more

CJEU to Rule on Extradition of EU Citizens in Criminal Antitrust Proceedings

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The first European citizen to be extradited from Europe to the United States for criminal antitrust conduct recently succeeded in having a Berlin court refer the matter of his extradition to the Court of Justice of the...more

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