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M&A Activity in the Connect Vehicles Sector: More Antitrust Filings on the Horizon?

M&A activity in the connected vehicles sector might need to be notified to antitrust authorities, even when the target has limited revenues, as shown by the recent Intel/Mobileye deal. Connected vehicles (or, taking it...more

Damages Directive and competition claims

The Damages Directive came into force in the UK on 9 March 2017. This change is important, as the risk of competition claims is likely to increase steadily across the EU. What may be less obvious, but is equally significant,...more

DSM Watch: Germany suggests ramping up regulation of Digital Platforms by establishing a “Digital Agency” with a robust antitrust...

Will Germany establish a “Digital Agency” to monitor compliance with competition law rules in digital markets? Will a German “Digital Antitrust Enforcer” become a role model for a European protectionist approach against...more

Price Setting Bots Aren’t Price Fixing Bots, and Airline Tariff Publishing is Wrong

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, in a speech at the Bundeskartellamt’s 18th Conference on Competition, European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, discussed the specter of automated price fixing cartels. She...more

Lawsuit Highlights Antitrust Exposure Related to Hiring and Compensation

A recently filed class action lawsuit serves as an important reminder that employers can face scrutiny under antitrust law through civil litigation brought by their employees, in addition to investigations and enforcement...more

Third Circuit: On-Campus Residency Requirements Protected By State-Action Immunity Doctrine

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit held that a public university and its non-profit partner were immune from antitrust liability after the university enacted a student residency policy that benefitted on-campus...more

EU antitrust enforcement 2.0 – European Commission raises concerns about algorithms and encourages individual whistleblowers

The European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has emphasised two important developments for EU antitrust enforcement, which have emerged from technological advancements: The Commission is taking proactive...more

Antitrust Not Always Available in Competitor Disputes in the Healthcare Sector

The antitrust injury and antitrust standing defenses/doctrines are alive and well in healthcare.  A recent case, SCPH Legacy Corp. et al. v. Palmetto Health et al., shows that a competitor is not always the most legally...more

Mexico Judicial Criteria Issued for Telecommunications Antitrust and Preponderance

One of the purposes of the 2013 Amendment to the Mexican Constitution was to promote competition in telecommunications and broadcasting services. As part of the reform, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, or Instituto...more

Becoming the Target of an Antitrust Lawsuit: Essential Considerations

Becoming the target of an antitrust lawsuit is a daunting prospect for any business. Antitrust lawsuits are often time-consuming and expensive to defend, and the consequences of losing a case can be severe. Under the Sherman...more

Significant Competition Law Changes In Germany

On March 9, 2017 the German Federal Parliament passed the ninth amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen). The amendment is expected to come into force in Q2/2017...more

Proposed Changes - China’s commercial bribery laws face major revision.

On February 22, 2017, draft amendments (the 2017 Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress...more

Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2017

European Commission Investigates Online Sales Practices - On 2 February 2017, the European Commission (EC) announced three separate investigations into online sales practices in the EU. It will assess whether various...more

KL Snapshot #12 – Janvier-Février 2017

Banque & Finance – Hubert de Vauplane - Rapport Terra Nova : Les conflits d'intérêts, nouvelle frontière de la démocratie de février 2017 - Hubert De Vauplane a été auditionné le 20/03/15 dans le cadre de la...more

No Neutrality Here — Thursday’s FCC Vote Highlights the Enduring Struggle Between Tech Companies and ISPs Over “Net Neutrality”

The tech industry’s divide over “net neutrality” deepened when the FCC voted this past Thursday to suspend key Obama-era net neutrality requirements for broadband internet service providers (“ISPs”). The FCC’s net neutrality...more

Antitrust in China: 2016 highlights and an outlook on 2017

The three Chinese antitrust authorities – Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) – overall remained very active in...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

Higher Penalties, Construction, Health and Energy: the ACCC Sets its Enforcement Priorities for 2017

In brief: - On 24 February, the ACCC unveiled its Enforcement and Compliance priorities for 2017. - The ACCC's enforcement activities in 2017 will continue to target larger companies causing harm to consumers and...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

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...more

OECD: Italy Should Approve its Proposed Competition Legislation ‘Swiftly’, Including the Reform of the National Merger Filing...

On 15 February 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) published its economic survey of Italy. Among other things, the 156 page report recommends that Italy passes its proposed competition...more

Mastercard Win Over Retailers for “Interchange Fees”

Mastercard has won a victory against a group of UK retailers, including Morrisons, who had brought proceedings against it for damages for breaches of European Union and United Kingdom competition law. The claimant retailers...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

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

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