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Business Litigation Report - January 2016

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2 - Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2015

McDermott has published an EU Competition Annual Review for 2015. This 87 page booklet will help General Counsel and their teams focus on the most essential EU competition updates for 2015. Beyond being used to understand...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Trends in US and EU Merger Enforcement"

Merger activity in 2015 was at its highest level in years, and competition authorities in the U.S. and European Union continued to be very aggressive, challenging a number of high-profile deals in court and causing some...more

Morton Salt Presumption Of Injury Under Robinson-Patman Act

Plaintiffs and appellants, the disfavored purchasers in a Robinson-Patman Act case, were twenty-eight retail pharmacies who alleged that the pharmaceutical manufacturer defendants had charged them higher prices than those...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 3, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015 - Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 with a list within a list—dig into First Round Review’s best...more

Injunction Is Lifted Due To Changed Circumstances

In March, 2014, plaintiffs’ motion for a permanent injunction was granted based on the fact that the parties were the only two manufacturers of “high barrier” monolayer polyester barrier resins in the relevant market; a...more

European Court of Justice Rules that a Scottish Law Establishing Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcoholic Drinks May Violate EU Law

On 23 December 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) – Europe’s highest court – ruled that a Scottish law establishing minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks may violate European Union law. The case...more

FTC to Host Workshop Regarding Regulatory Environment of the U.S. Auto Distribution System

On December 14, the FTC announced that it will host a one-day workshop, Auto Distribution: Current Issues & Future Trends, to examine current issues and future trends related to the distribution of motor vehicles in the...more

FTC Challenges Pennsylvania Hospital Merger

On December 8, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would seek to block Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s (Hershey) proposed merger with Pinnacle Health System (Pinnacle), alleging that the combination...more

Hong Kong Competition Ordinance Takes Effect: The Latest Jurisdiction Regulating How Companies Compete

On December 14, 2015, Hong Kong became the latest jurisdiction to prohibit anticompetitive agreements and unilateral conduct. The Competition Ordinance (Ordinance) is Hong Kong’s first cross-sector competition law for this...more

FTC Alleges “Three-to-Two” Hospital Merger Will Reduce Competition

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) authorized an action to block a proposed hospital merger pending an administrative trial. According to the FTC, the merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Hershey) and...more

The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance - December 2015, the D Day

On 14 June 2012, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the first cross-sector competition law in Hong Kong, the Competition Ordinance (Ordinance). The Ordinance created the Competition Commission (the Commission), which...more

Competition and Market Regulation Update: A Win for Unregulated Infrastructure Providers - Government Response to Harper and PC...

Last week the Government released its response to the Harper Competition Policy Review. Whilst much of the media focus has been on this response the Government also released at the same time its response to the Productivity...more

Australian Competition Law Update for the Aviation Industry

Competition law is a regulatory risk which airlines operating in Australia need to manage. The legal changes identified below present both opportunities and risks.... The below table summarises key competition cases and...more

FTC Moves to Halt Merger Between Staples and Office Depot

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week challenged Staples’ $6.3 billion bid for Office Depot, claiming that the proposed merger would significantly reduce competition nationwide in the market for office supplies to...more

Procurement Update: Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review: What Does it Mean for Commonwealth...

On 24 November 2015, the Australian Government issued its response to the Competition Policy Review (Harper Review). Two recommendations from the Harper Review are directly relevant to Commonwealth procurement. This...more

Liberal Reforms in Morocco

The wave of liberal reforms that has swept over the Kingdom of Morocco in recent years has intensified over the past few months, under the impetus of His Majesty the King, Mohammed VI. Recent reforms across nearly all lines...more

Government Opposes Health Care Merger Between Penn State Hershey and PinnacleHealth Citing Potential for Reduced Competition and...

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General (“Attorney General”) publicly opposed the anticipated merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center (“Penn State Hershey”)...more

"DOJ Scores as Electrolux and General Electric Abandon Deal; FTC Challenges (Again) Staple’s Proposed Acquisition of Office Depot"

December 7, 2015, was an eventful day for U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice achieved a high-profile win when General Electric Co. decided to abandon the proposed sale of its appliance unit to...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law - Punishing the Dishonest Competitor

The article below is the first in a series regarding "What You Need to Know About U.S. Law." Attorneys from a variety of practice groups at Pierce Atwood will author similar articles in the coming months to educate our...more

Treasury seeks competition boost to reduce bills

Treasury has presented to Parliament a policy focusing on encouraging competition in an attempt to reduce bills for both families and firms. This forms part of Treasury’s overall productivity plan (see FReD 24 July). Treasury...more

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2015 – Competition Law Overview

This chapter provides an overview of antitrust and competition laws (competition law). While competition law was primarily (although not exclusively) an American phenomenon for most of the 20th century, competition law is now...more

"PwC expands into legal market"

That's the headline from the Financial Review, a leading Australian business newspaper. The plot is nearly identical to a September post regarding accounting firms in India. See India, Big 4 and Elite Law Firms in Direct...more

The Marriott-Starwood merger – Is bigger really better? Impact of the merger on hotel owners, franchisees and developers

The proposed merger between Marriott and Starwood will, by all accounts, create a behemoth in the hotel industry. If the merger goes through as planned, the combined company will be the world’s largest hotel company, with...more

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