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Procurement challenge to rail franchise tender process fails

This is a rare example of a judicial review challenge to the way in which a public body decided to set out minimum specifications in an invitation to tender. In R (on the application of London Borough of Enfield) v Secretary...more

BREXIT: The UK Has Chosen To Leave The EU. What Next?

On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum in which the British people voted for the UK to leave the European Union. But what does this mean in practical terms? Who will BREXIT affect? Any business or financial...more

Expanding Reach of Indonesian Antitrust Law

In June 2016, an Indonesian parliamentary working committee proposed amendments to Indonesia’s principal competition law, Law No. 5 of 1999 concerning Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices and Unfair Business Competition (the...more

Fair Competition Review System

On June 14, 2016, the State Council issued Opinions on Establishing the Fair Competition Review System in the Development of Market System (hereinafter “Opinions”), which finally uncovers the veil of this system....more

DOJ and North Carolina Challenge Anti-Steering and Tiering Provisions in Managed Care Contracts

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division (the “DOJ”)and the State of North Carolina (“NC”) jointly sued, on June 9, 2016, Carolinas HealthCare System (“CHS”), the largest healthcare system in North Carolina, over...more

Competition Tribunal Issues Mediation Practice Direction

KEY TAKEAWAYS: - Guidance document describes the mediation process for any proceeding before the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) by a judicial member of the Tribunal or the Federal Court - Mediation is voluntary,...more

STR Adopts New Competitive Set Guidelines – Impact on Owners

The importance of the competitive set - Many hotel management agreements contain performance test standards allowing an owner to terminate a management agreement if the hotel fails to meet specified guidelines, and most...more

How employers can stop departing employees taking client lists with them

When an employee departs for a role with a competitor, there is often a risk that the employee might take confidential client details with them, with potentially damaging consequences for the employer. However, a recent court...more

Judge Allows Advocate-NorthShore Merger to Proceed; FTC May Appeal

For the second time in just over a month, a federal judge has denied a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) motion to enjoin the merger of two hospital systems, this time the 13-hospital Advocate Health Care and the 4-hospital...more

Competition Tribunal Rescinds Ebooks Consent Agreement, Clarifies Substantive Requirements

KEY TAKEAWAYS: - The Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) requires that consent agreements disclose the basis of the conduct being remedied and the remedy’s rationale. The Tribunal confirms a previous holding that mere...more

DOJ and NC File Antitrust Suit Challenging Anti-Steering Restrictions in Payor Contracts

A popular weapon used to contain health care expenditures is the creation by payors and employers of tiered provider networks, which by differentiated co-pays attempt to steer insureds to less expensive choices. In...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Congressional Panel To Investigate The Fairness Of Pay TV Billing, Competitive Practices - There was plenty of startup news out of DC this week, starting...more

UK Competition Authority Challenges Online Resale Ban

On 9 June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had sent a statement of objections to Ping Europe Limited, a golf equipment manufacturer, alleging that Ping had breached EU and UK...more

Claims for cartel damages limited by the UK High Court

On 23 May 2016, the Chancery Division of the UK High Court of Justice handed down judgment in the case Iiyama Benelux BV and others v Schott AG and others [2016] (“the Iiyama case”) and held that claims for cartel damages...more

German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) releases operators of Wi-Fi networks from liability for copyright infringements committed...

On 2 June, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed a bill (2. Gesetz zur Änderung des Telemediengesetzes – 2nd Amending Law to the Federal Telemedia Act; “New Law”). The New Law limits the scope of potential...more

Indonesia’s New 2016 Negative List

On 18 May 2016, the Indonesian Government enacted Presidential Regulation No. 44 of 2016, which sets out the new negative investments list (the “2016 Negative List”) and revokes the 2014 Negative List. The 2016 Negative List...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2016

Resale Price Maintenance is Just as Bad Online - Two recent UK cases have demonstrated once again that any form of resale price maintenance (RPM) in relation to online sales will be treated just as harshly as RPM...more

Lessons Learned from the Staples/Office Depot Merger Challenge

Companies contemplating mergers should review the effect of the transaction on each customer type, application and product, not just on the broad customer base. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia...more

Expiring Patents; HP’s Machine; Beachwood, Ohio’s MakerGear

Here is a bulletin providing further validation that the cost of 3D printing will decline. 3D printing’s key patents are expiring or soon will expire. These include patents for liquid-based, powder-based, and...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

FCC Issues Tariff Investigation Order and NPRM Which Proposes to Substantially Revise and Expand the Regulation of Business Data...

In May 2016, the FCC moved forward with its decade-overdue reform of the $45 Billion per year dedicated business data services (“BDS”) market. BDS providers, including major incumbent telecommunications companies and now even...more

Competition Bureau Launches FinTech Market Study

On May 19, 2016, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that it has launched a market study into technology led innovation in the Canadian financial services industry (FinTech); FinTech was identified as a subject matter...more

FTC Blocks Merger Between Staples and Office Depot

A federal court in Washington, D.C. issued an order blocking Staples' acquisition of Office Depot on the grounds that it would substantially lessen competition in the sale of consumable office supplies to national business...more

Competitors in the Courtroom: When to Exclude a Party’s Designated Representative from Hearing a Competitor’s Trade Secrets

“You sued them. They stay, period.” This is the conclusion a Texas trial court came to when asked to exclude the designated representative of a party from a hearing where an employee of the other party, a direct competitor,...more

FTC Blocks Staples’ Acquisition of Office Depot

After more than a year-long battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the proposed acquisition of Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) by Staples, Inc. (SPLS) was blocked by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District...more

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