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Gibson Guitar Facing 15 Trademark Opposers

A brand owner’s non-traditional trademark application will sometimes gain the critical attention of multiple direct competitors. Gibson Guitar’s unlucky number is apparently fifteen....more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - October 2014 (Global)

Recent U.S. Criticism of China’s Enforcement of Its Antitrust Laws Against Foreign Companies - For some time, many in the antitrust community have expressed concerns about how China is enforcing its antitrust laws...more

Private antitrust enforcement in Switzerland

There is a wide range of remedies under Swiss competition law for business litigants. Inventive remedies include compelled access to what American antitrust lawyers would call an “essential facility.” But recent proposed...more

Canadian Competition Bureau chief takes a tough stance on pay-to-delay agreements

The Canadian Competition Bureau intends to take a tough approach to so-called “pay-to-delay” settlements, potentially anti-competitive agreements in which generic drug manufacturers agree to delay the launch of a low-cost...more

Competition & Regulation Update: October 7, 2014

A Snapshot - New Developments Shaping Australia's Cartel Enforcement Landscape: Identifying and prosecuting cartel conduct is an "enduring priority" for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and...more

ICA approves commitments in relation to the supermarket alliance

On 4 December 2013 the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) opened an investigation into one of the Italian largest joint purchasing groups, Centrale Italiana....more

“No Hire” Agreements: Unlawful Collusion or Necessary Self-Protection?

Recent headlines from the Silicon Valley suggest that “no-hire” agreements are illegal, immoral, and unsustainable. But, those headlines address blanket restrictions negotiated between competitors. Targeted restrictions...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Competition Commission of India Conducts First-Ever Raid

Earlier this week, India’s competition regulator-the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”)-raided two offices of JCB India Limited (“JCB”), a UK-based manufacturer of construction equipment. This raid marks the first time...more

Stock Incentive Plans may allow Texas Employers to Claw Back Non-vested Bonus Compensation from Employees that Leave and Work for...

As far as employee compensation agreements are concerned, Texas employers are riding a wave of pro-business precedent. The Supreme Court of Texas’ recent opinion in ExxonMobil Corporation v. Drennen continues the trend. ...more

“By Object” Restrictions of Competition Revisited: European Court of Justice Endorses Narrow Interpretation

EU High Court adopts narrow interpretation of “by object” restrictions and boosts effects-based approach with significant implications for cooperation/joint venture agreements. The European Court of Justice has...more

Groundbreaking Hong Kong Competition Ordinance Will Take Effect Next Year

Historically, Hong Kong has lacked a legal framework for regulating mergers or otherwise deterring conduct that is harmful to competition. The country’s traditional laissez-faire landscape was substantially altered in June...more

Are exclusivity clauses and restrictions on user in leases in breach of competition law?

Although the UK competition regime has applied to land agreements since 29 June 2010 [with the enactment of The Competition Act 1998 (Land Agreements Exclusion Revocation) Order 2010], until recently there has been only an...more

Independent Hospitals Innovating, Finding New Partnerships in Response to Market Pressures

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services recently warned the health care sector was at “a tipping point where negative forces have started to outweigh many providers’ ability to implement sufficient countermeasures.” S&P noted...more

Texas Supreme Court Opens the Door for a New Option to Restrict Post-Employment Conduct

On August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Exxon Mobil Corporation v. Drennen. The court ruled that Drennen, a former ExxonMobil executive, could be stripped of approximately $5 million in...more

The California Myth About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements remain an important and viable tool for the protection of proprietary business information and trade secrets. Are non-compete agreements enforceable if your key employee takes a position with a...more

Re-Claiming Credit

When an employee leaves and sets up a competing business, may he or she claim experience for work done by the former employer? The Seventh Circuit recently considered whether an architect – a former employee of a firm – is...more

Competitor’s Privilege a Competitive Advantage? Only if there’s not improper means!

Tennessee recognizes the tort of interference with prospective business relations. But there’s an exception for competitors. One who intentionally causes a third person not to enter into a prospective contractual...more

FTC Promotes Competition Among Professionals Through Advocacy, Enforcement

On July 16, 2014, Andrew Gavil, Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), testified on the subject of “Competition and the Potential Costs and Benefits of Professional Licensure” before...more

Antitrust and competition enforcement is changing fast: our report for multinationals from 3 global conferences

The world of antitrust/competition enforcement is changing more rapidly than ever. This evolving environment presents new challenges for companies with multinational operations, their executives and their advisers....more

New Italian Competition Authority’s Regulation on Legality Rating Certification

On 4 July 2014, the new regulation on legality rating certification by the Italian Competition Authority entered into force. The legality rating is designed to facilitate companies’ access to credit from banks and public...more

While UK tech start-ups face fierce competition for limited investment capital, MoFo’s Top 10 Legal Tips for Tech Start-Ups can...

As demonstrated during this week's inaugural London technology week there are an increasing number of UK start-ups competing for limited investment capital. In this crowded market, how do you make sure that your start-up...more

Antitrust Update: Second Circuit Adopts Rule Making it Easier to Find Liability for Foreign Anticompetitive Conduct

On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Lotes Co., Ltd. v. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., an important ruling on the reach of the U.S. antitrust laws to foreign conduct. The Foreign Trade Antitrust...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - June 2014 (Global)

Opt-Out Antitrust Class Actions — A U.S. Perspective on the Consumer Rights Bill Pending in UK's Parliament - Will opt-out class actions proposed by the UK Parliament’s Consumer Rights Bill bring the dreaded U.S.-style...more

Standards and Injunctions Under EU Competition Law

In two decisions issued in April 2014, the European Commission (the Commission) provided further clarification as regards the circumstances in which patentees can seek injunctions to protect their standard-essential patents...more

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