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Expansion of Antitrust Enforcement Continues with Extradition

On April 4, 2014, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced its first successful extradition of a foreign national to the United States on antitrust charges. Romano Pisciotti, a citizen of Italy, has been under...more

Cartel Fines: Liability of Private Equity Funds

The European Commission has held Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for a cartel infringement committed by Prysmian, an Italian cable maker formerly owned by Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm. The decision is a stark...more

Provisions of UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act Take Effect

New competition provisions may make it easier to prosecute cartel offences, but add additional exclusions and defences. On 1 April, the competition provisions of the UK’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) came...more

NCAA Compensation Cartel Allegations Take Center Court

On March 17, 2014, a class action lawsuit was filed against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), alleging that capping compensation to college athletes violates Sherman Act Section 1....more

Where To Bring Damages Claims In EU Int’l Cartel Cases?

As Europe continues to open its door to private damages actions, questions arise as to where to bring claims against international cartelists. In this article, we provide a simplified overview of the highly complex set of...more

Top tips for purchasing professionals on spotting possible vendor collusion

This year promises to be another in which corporate purchasing departments work hard to keep costs down while vendors try to increase their margins. In this marketplace tug of war, vendors will occasionally engage in a little...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2014 7th Edition: Chapter 27 - Netherlands

1 The Legislative Framework of the Cartel Prohibition - 1.1 What is the legal basis and general nature of the cartel prohibition, e.g. is it civil and/or criminal? The Dutch Competition Act (‘DCA’) is based on...more

Second Circuit Reverses Convictions In Municipal Bonds Cartel Case

Court’s application of statute of limitations will likely guide future conspiracy prosecutions. On December 9, 2013, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 opinion reversing the conviction of three...more

Price-Fixing Executive Dealt Tough Sentence for Role in Cartel

On December 6, 2013, Frank Peake, former president of Sea Star Line LLC, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for his role in fixing prices for rates and surcharges for freight...more

European Commission Imposes EUR 1.71 Billion Fine for Participating in Illegal Cartels

On December 4, the European Commission announced that it had fined eight international banks a total of more than 1.7 billion for their participation in illegal cartels in markets for financial derivatives covering the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

English Court of Appeal requires French defendants to comply with disclosure orders despite the French “blocking statute”

The existence in several countries of “blocking statutes”, which prohibit the provision of economic information to foreign authorities or courts (or require prior authorization to be obtained before doing so), present a...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

India’s Competition Act takes shape with enforcement actions and appeals: key cases, key points for international companies

Competition law in India has begun to take shape as major enforcement actions involving a host of industries have worked their way from initial complaint to a finding of an infringement and appeal to the Supreme Court of...more

U.S. Senators Debate Toughening Cartel Penalties

On November 14, 2013, members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights heard arguments regarding the effectiveness of current cartel prosecution and...more

Updated Oral Statement Guidance for Leniency Applicants

On 8 October 2013, the European Commission (Commission) issued updated guidance for companies that make oral statements when cooperating with the Commission in a cartel investigation....more

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

There have been some major developments in the trade, solar cells, Customs, 337/patents, antitrust and securities areas. On September 26th there were reports that the United States and China have been negotiating for the past...more

The Implications of DOJ’s Auto Parts Price-Fixing Enforcement Actions

BACKGROUND - In plea agreements filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 26, 2013, nine automobile parts manufacturers agreed to pay more than $740 million in criminal fines to resolve charges of...more

Can Reverse Payments In Patent Settlements Constitute Criminal Cartel Conduct?

It is a well-established and universally accepted principle of competition law that a payment by one competitor to another competitor not to enter a market is anticompetitive, and in Australia since 2010 a criminal offence....more

The European Antitrust Review - 2014: Italy: Cartels

Anti-competitive behaviours such as price fixing, sharing markets and horizontal agreements between undertakings aiming to agree commercial strategies and policies are considered the most harmful infringements of competition...more

Life Sciences Spotlight | Issue 3, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: - FEATURES: - A new wave of regulatory enforcement actions in China – Are we witnessing a prolonged enforcement cycle? - Update on recent decisions - Australia’s innovation patent – The...more

When the cartel investigators come calling - top ten do's, top ten don'ts

A company may first learn that it is involved in an antitrust investigation in the US when federal agents appear at offices or homes armed with a search warrant to seize electronic and hard-copy records, computers, smart...more

New German Cartel Fine Guidelines

The German Federal Cartel Office has just published new Guidelines on the Setting of Fines for antitrust law infringements. With these guidelines, the German Federal Cartel Office departs from the method of setting fines...more

EU’s Top Court Rules that Blanket Ban on Access to Leniency Documents is not Permitted

The European Union’s top court rules that a national law which requires the consent of all parties before access to the file is given to third-party antitrust damages claimants is incompatible with EU law; a national court...more

EU Commission published proposals for private antitrust litigation

On 11 June, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its long-awaited package of proposals on private antitrust litigation. The package is divided into three sets: (1) a Draft Directive on actions for damages (2) a...more

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