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Consent Agreements

Stormwater Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Sanford, North Carolina Foundry Owner Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Hallman Foundry, LLC and A. Stucki Company (collectively “Hallman”) entered into a September 5th Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean...more

How Coexistence Agreements Work

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In trademark law, coexistence agreements are contracts whereby two trademark owners agree to use their similar marks, but agree to limitations. For example, the two owners might agree that their respective goods or services...more

Lenovo Agrees to Settle Data Security Case with FTC and 32 AGs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on September 5, 2017, that it has settled with Lenovo regarding allegations that Lenovo “harmed customers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security...more

404/Wetland Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Residential Developer Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and D.R. Horton, Inc., (“DRHI”) entered into an August 17th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water...more

Federal Trade Commission’s Uber Consent Agreement Designates Geolocation Information as Personal Information

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered a Consent Agreement with Uber that includes “precise geolocation information” in the list of personal information that is to be protected. While the Consent Agreement only...more

FERC and American Transmission Company Settle on $205,000 Penalty for Violations of Sections 203 and 205 of the Federal Power Act

On August 28, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) approved a Stipulation and Consent Agreement between FERC’s Office of Enforcement (OE) and American Transmission Company, LLC (ATC) to...more

FINRA Fines Broker-Dealers for Sales of Non-Traditional ETFs

In August 2017, FINRA entered into a consent agreement with a Georgia-based broker-dealer arising from improper practices and procedures relating to its sales of leveraged ETFs. The sales included ETFs that were leveraged,...more

FERC Issues Order Approving Consent Agreement in City Power Marketing Case

On August 22, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an Order Approving Stipulation and Consent Agreement with City Power Marketing, LLC (“City Power”) and its owner, K. Stephen Tsingas...more

THE LATEST: FTC Settles with Breeder Trade Association over Association Rules That Limited Price Competition for Dairy Bull Semen

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The two current commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved another final order and consent agreement with a trade association, this time with the National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc. (NAAB)....more

A gas station hold-up: the Competition Bureau completes its review of Couche-Tard and Parkland transactions

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In its latest move in the closely-monitored retail gasoline sector, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) has entered into a pair of consent agreements with Alimentation Couche-Tard (Couche-Tard) and Parkland Fuel Corporation...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Says No Breach of Contract Claim Unless Doctor Makes Special Promise Regarding Medical Treatment

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a decision handed down on April 27, 2017 in the case of Heneberry v. Pharoan, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals rejected a breach of contract claim against a doctor who failed to completely perform a surgical...more

THE LATEST: Enforcers Continue Recent Focus on Innovation Concerns with Emerson/Pentair Consent Agreement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The FTC’s recent consent agreement addressing concerns regarding Emerson Electric Co.’s (Emerson) acquisition of Pentair Plc (Pentair) demonstrates a continued focus on whether transactions will reduce the incentive for...more

Does Your Human Resources Department Understand Antitrust?

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Several Hollywood companies have agreed to pay $170 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by animators who claimed their wages were depressed by unlawful anti-poaching agreements. The recent settlements highlight that now...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – DOJ Issues First-Ever Declinations Requiring Disgorgement of Profits to Resolve FCPA Violations - On September 29, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the first time announced...more

Giving Weight to the Failing Firm Defense, FTC Consents to Physician-Services Merger with Caveats: Suspend Enforcement of...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a Consent Agreement with CentraCare Health (“CentraCare”) to settle competition concerns over CentraCare’s acquisition of St. Cloud Medical Group P.A....more

FERC’s Maxim Settlement Shows Continued Focus on ISO and RTO Bidding Conduct

On September 26, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order1 approving a Stipulation and Consent Agreement between its Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) and Maxim Power Corp....more

CRTC Enforcement Advisory: Remember, You Must Have Records To Prove Consent

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued an enforcement advisory to both businesses and individuals that send commercial electronic messages (CEMs) to keep records of consent. The CRTC...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

United States: January – June Update - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2016. In some instances, the...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

Mutual Consent: A Faster Way to Get Divorced in Maryland, but Beware

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Married couples with a property settlement agreement who do not have minor children are now allowed to obtain divorces without any waiting period. This is a wonderful change from the previously required one year separation...more

National Retailer Settles FTC Native Advertising Complaint

The potential pitfalls of native advertising were on display this month at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The agency reported that national retailer Lord & Taylor settled with it on charges that the company improperly...more

Trademark Review | March 2016

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TTAB Finds a Consent Agreement Failed to Tip the Balance - Bay State Brewing Company’s intent-to-use application to register the mark TIME TRAVELER BLONDE for beer was rejected based on the previously registered mark...more

For Excess Liability Insurers, Consent-to-Settle Clauses Still Count

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When a liability insurer defends its insured under a reservation, recent decisions limit the insurer’s right to enforce a policy’s consent-to-settle clause. But can the reservation affect the rights of an excess carrier? And...more

TTAB Finds That Coexistence Agreement Does Not Support Coexistence

In a decision bound to impact trademark prosecution practice in the future, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) recently found that a consent agreement between a...more

NHL Scores Big on Attorneys' Fees Against Nondebtors

Last fall, the National Hockey League (NHL) enjoyed a big off-ice victory when the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona found that it was entitled to recover from Jerry and Vickie Moyes and the Jerry and Vickie...more

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