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What Is The FTC Looking At When It Reviews Merger Agreements?

In our last post, we spoke about a proposed merger between office supply chains Office Depot and Staples. As we noted, Office Depot shareholders recently voted to go forward with the acquisition, but the Federal Trade...more

[Webinar] Antitrust and Competition - June 30, 1:00 CDT

Join us as Robins Kaplan attorneys Meegan Hollywood and William Reiss provide an introduction to the fundamentals of federal antitrust and competition law. The program will focus on the basic statutory framework of antitrust...more

ICN Adopts New Guidance Focusing on Investigative Process and International Cooperation in Mergers

From April 28 through May 1, the International Competition Network (ICN) held its 2015 annual conference. The ICN is a network that unites 132 competition watchdogs from 119 jurisdictions, including the Antitrust Division of...more

May Court Decision Round-Up

Nedschroef Detroit Corp. v. Bemas Ents. LLC, Case No. 14-10095, 2015 WL 2453511 (E.D. Mich. May 22, 2015). U.S. District Judge Linda V. Parker granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Nedschroef Detroit Corp...more

Philippine Competition Act: first foray into antitrust legislation – key points

The Philippine Congress has passed, and President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign into law, the Philippine Competition Act. The law, which aims to safeguard fair and competitive market conditions, marks the nation’s...more

Is Antitrust Relevant for Startups, Emerging, and Non-Dominant Firms?

The answer is (surprise!) “yes.” There are a number of ways in which antitrust law is relevant to emerging and non-dominant companies. Those firms may: Need to deal with the dominant firms in their markets,...more

EU Seeks to Balance Emissions Controls and Global Competitiveness

The European Union has placed a growing emphasis on climate change policies in recent years, and the week of June 15–19 marks the 10th annual European Union Sustainable Energy Week focusing on “sustainable mobility,”...more

The Adoption of a Competitor's Trademarks as Search Terms In Google AdWords May Not Be Such a Great Idea

Google AdWords and similar services display highly prioritized links as search results when someone enters a predetermined search term into a search engine. It wasn’t long after such services became available that companies...more

Patent box concept emerges on the tax reform agenda for US Congress

Key tax writers in Congress are indicating that once Congress disposes of pending trade legislation, they will turn to their top legislative priority: reaching a consensus on international and business reform by the end of...more

Blog: Four Steps to Minimize the Impact of Your Competitors’ Patents

The success of your new venture depends on avoiding costly and time consuming patent litigation. Mature companies often engage patent counsel to provide “freedom to operate” opinions with respect to specific products or...more

Amendment To The FCC’s Effective Competition Rules: Implementation Of Section 111 Of STELAR

On June 2, 2015, the FCC adopted an Order implementing Section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR), which required the FCC to streamline its longstanding effective competition rules for small cable...more

Texas Telemedicine Rule Delayed by Antitrust Suit

A Texas Medical Board rule requiring a physician to conduct an in-person evaluation before prescribing certain drugs will not go into effect today, June 3, as originally planned. A federal court granted a preliminary...more

Insurer Escapes Antitrust Suit, But Hospital Must Continue the Fight

A large regional health insurer extricated itself from an antitrust suit, leaving the dominant local hospital to square off alone versus an ambulatory surgical center (ASC). The U.S. District Court for the Southern District...more

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') - The main points

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') is an ambitious trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the European Commission and the United States. The European...more

ITC Report on Global Rice Industry Examines Heavy Government Intervention in, and Competition for, Key U.S. Export Markets

At the request of the Obama Administration and Congress, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) recently published a fact-finding report entitled “Rice: Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Industry". The report...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Competition and Consumer Protection (Updated)

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction to...more

Competition & Regulation Update: Good News For The Private Health Insurance Sector… But How Long Will The Wait Be?

In our update on 10 April 2015, we highlighted the key recommendations of relevance to the private health insurance industry contained in the final report of the Competition Policy Review Panel chaired by Professor Ian Harper...more

Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 6)

This is the concluding installment of a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission's challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for...more

Online hotel booking: less room for MFN clauses

On 21 April 2015 the Italian, Swedish and French competition authorities announced the achievement of a settlement with Booking.com, at the time under investigation for having included in its agreement with partner hotels...more

Breaking News! You Can Poach Employees From Your Competitors

Actually, it is not breaking news; the right to recruit and hire your competitors’ employees has a long and well established history in California. So long as the recruiting efforts are not coupled with wrongful or illegal...more

Can Computers Conspire to Fix Prices?

Strange as it sounds, maybe we’re getting closer to the day we have to seriously consider liability for computer conspiracies. On April 6, David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of posters, prints and...more

Antitrust & Competition Newsletter - April 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Action Immunity Does Not Apply to State Boards If the Board Is Controlled by Active Market Participants - On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that a state...more

First IoT Legal and Business Framework Webinar: Summary of Conclusions!

Thank you all for attending our webinar on the “Internet of Things Legal and Business Framework”. For those who could not attend, the main conclusions are summarized below...more

Hiring From a Competitor? Play Defense to Limit Trade Secret Risk

When discussing trade secrets and strategies to protect valuable proprietary information, most companies focus on their outbound risk. In other words, companies pay close attention to protecting their own valuable trade...more

HHS/Office of the National Coordinator issues report that health information sharing is being blocked to gain a competitive edge

In a scathing report released last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) accused hospitals and software vendors of preventing the sharing of health information in order...more

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