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Lost in the woods? Special treatment for the press, cooperative and savings bank associations and the timber industry in German...

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Current legislative changes in the German Competition Act and the Federal Forest Act bring a set of new antitrust exemptions. We briefly present them in our blog...more

Alarmist Algorithms: Why Pricing Bots Won’t Be the End of Society

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Ohlhausen and Commissioner McSweeny recently gave two very different speeches on algorithmic pricing. Commissioner McSweeny’s speech seemed to express concern that algorithms would...more

Mind the gap – New Size-of-Transaction Test in German merger control

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New German competition law: Germany takes a pioneering role in adapting its competition law to the digital economy (Part 1) - On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC)...more

EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Exclusive Dealing in Hospital-Payer Case Pro Competitive

“But what is more common than exclusive dealing?” Affirming summary judgment for defendant Saint Francis Medical Center, the Seventh Circuit recently held that the hospital’s contracts with health care insurers—though...more

The return of the kin liability (Sippenhaft) – Liability of parent companies after the 9th amendment of the German Act against...

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The Middle Ages are regarded as the golden age of the kin liability (Sippenhaft) in Germany. According to the principle of kin liability, family members had to stand up for the actions of their relatives, regardless of...more

No limits..? The limitation rules for cartel (damages) claims after the 9th reform of the German Competition Act (ARC)

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At first glance, not a stone seems to be left standing. The new sec. 33h ARC hardly bears any resemblance with the old sec. 33 para. 5 ARC, the to date only special limitation rule applicable to cartel damages claims in the...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

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The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

(No) need to argue – What is certain, what is presumed and what can be estimated in cartel damage litigation after the 9th...

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Where is no plaintiff, there is also no judge: Private enforcement of competition law presupposes that there are plaintiffs who take a cartel to court. Plaintiffs exist where actions are worth it. Cartel victims may obtain...more

Plaintiff's paradise? – The passing-on defense after the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB)

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Cartelists facing damage claims by their customers regularly defend themselves with the objection of the so-called passing-on defense. According to such objection, a purchaser of the cartel cannot claim damages in so far as...more

Tell me more, tell me more…The right to obtain information according to the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of...

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Bye bye trade secrets? In the new ARC, confidential information and trade secrets still enjoy special protection. The reason is clear: as soon as secret information is revealed, it becomes obvious and, as such, is no longer...more

The Importance of Non-Compete Agreements

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It is a common business practice for employers to require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement as part of the terms of their employment. Use of non-compete agreements are a particularly popular practice in...more

Transposition of Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions: Some thoughts

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 26 May 2017, the Spanish Government enacted the Royal Decree 9/2017 (the Royal Decree) implementing into Spanish law certain European Directives, amongst them, the Directive 2014/104/EU on actions for damages for...more

Private Enforcement of Claims for Competition Law Infringement has Become a Fact in Poland - Will Polish Courts be Overwhelmed...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Last week (on June 5, 2017) the President of Poland signed the Act on actions for damages for infringements of competition law (the “Act”). The Act will enter into force 14 days from its announcement in the Journal of Laws...more

Reform of German Competition Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A number of amendments to the German competition law (Amendment) entered into force on 9 June 2017. The key changes are: ..Merger control: Introduction of a new “size of transaction”-threshold...more

Tell me more, tell me more … The right to obtain information according to the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints...

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The 9th amendment of the ARC aims at increasing the effectiveness of private antitrust enforcement. This aim does not stop short of obtaining information. In order to strengthen the injured party’s position, the information...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this summer's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Antitrust Suit Against Michigan Hospital Moves Forward As Both Sides Denied Summary Judgment

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A federal district court denied summary judgment motions brought by both sides in the government’s antitrust suit against a Michigan hospital alleging an agreement not to compete in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

The Legacy Of Larry Popofsky, An Antitrust Titan And Friend

Fifty years on, few lawyers can recall the precise day when their legal careers began. But I can. It was June 12, 1967, the date when the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in U.S. v. Arnold, Schwinn & Co., holding...more

FDA Commissioner Hints at Drug Pricing-Related Initiatives

During his first appearance before Congress as FDA Commissioner on May 25, 2017, Scott Gottlieb reported that the Agency is preparing a “Drug Competition Action Plan” that it will unveil in upcoming weeks and months. This was...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

EU Regulators Open Pharma Pricing Investigations Focusing on Abuse of Dominance - The European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both opened new investigations into alleged abuses of...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

Defending Competitive Harm with Efficiencies: A Fire Swamp of Trouble

by BakerHostetler on

The use of efficiencies as a defense remains without a firm footing in law when a transaction has demonstrable and substantial anticompetitive effects. In Rob Reiner’s classic fantasy adventure The Princess Bride,...more

Court Allows Trade-Secret Misappropriation Claim Based on Inevitable Disclosure

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A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed one company to sue its direct competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets based entirely on the improper taking of trade secrets...more

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

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On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

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