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Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - April 2014

Shanghai High People’s Court Rules That Resale Price Maintenance Agreement Constitutes Monopolistic Agreement - The Shanghai High People’s Court recently made available its Aug. 1, 2013 final judgment overruling the...more

First Successful Extradition of Foreign National for Price-Fixing Violation

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has successfully litigated an extradition of a foreign national on an antitrust charge. This extradition shows that the DOJ is still pursuing individuals it charged...more

Cathay Pacific Airlines Settles Freight Shipping Price-Fixing Class Action

On February 12, 2014, Cathay Pacific Airlines Ltd. settled a freight shipping price-fixing multidistrict class action litigation in the Eastern District of New York. In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Air Cargo Antitrust...more

Full Commission of the FTC Overrules FTC Administrative Law Judge, Largely Dismissing An Action Against McWane

On February 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dismissed the majority of its claims against McWane, Inc., the leading domestic supplier of ductile iron pipe fittings used in water distribution systems in the United...more

Price-Fixing Executive Dealt Tough Sentence for Role in Cartel

On December 6, 2013, Frank Peake, former president of Sea Star Line LLC, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for his role in fixing prices for rates and surcharges for freight...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - December 2013

Japan’s METI Submits Amicus Brief in the TFT-LCD Litigation Seeking to Limit the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws - On Oct. 31, 2013, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry submitted a brief in...more

US China Trade War–Developments Trade, Customs, Patents, US/China Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs fraud, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. I have just returned from a trip of more than 2 weeks in China. While in China, we discussed US...more

OESA Regional Meeting – Chicago Automotive Supplier Industry Update

Are you aware that General Motors (“GM”) issued new general terms and conditions (“Terms”) for direct material, customer care & aftersales, and tooling purchases effective for requests for quotation issued on or after July...more

U.S. Senators Debate Toughening Cartel Penalties

On November 14, 2013, members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights heard arguments regarding the effectiveness of current cartel prosecution and...more

The Implications of DOJ’s Auto Parts Price-Fixing Enforcement Actions

BACKGROUND - In plea agreements filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 26, 2013, nine automobile parts manufacturers agreed to pay more than $740 million in criminal fines to resolve charges of...more

Five Important Lessons From The Antitrust Division’s Record Criminal Settlement

In a fitting tribute to the departing Deputy Assistant Attorney General Scott Hammond, the architect of the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement plan, the Department of Justice last week announced a record criminal...more

Denso Executives Sentenced to Over a Year in Prison for Price Fixing

On August 5, two Denso Corp executives were sentenced to over a year in prison following their guilty plea to participating in a conspiracy to fix prices in violation of the antitrust laws....more

Criminal Antitrust Update - April 2013

INDUSTRY SCORECARD - E-books: Macmillan has become the latest and final major e-book publisher to resolve price-fixing allegations by the DOJ Antitrust Division (the “Division”)...more

China's Export Policy Changes After U.S. Antitrust Case [Video]

April 23 (Bloomberg) -- William Isaacson, partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his eight-year antitrust crusade against several Chinese Vitamin C makers, which resulted in...more

DOJ Warns of Widening Probe in Automotive Industry

The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division warns that its wide-ranging probe into price fixing in the automotive industry is broader than previously announced. On February 15, 2013, Scott Hammond, Deputy Assistant...more

Managing Association Joint Purchasing Programs without Violating the Antitrust Laws: Lessons from a DOJ Business Review Letter

Trade and professional associations (“associations”) frequently sponsor joint purchasing arrangements on behalf of their members. These programs offer numerous potential benefits, including centralized ordering, volume...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - A Modern Look at the Nine ‘No-Nos’ of Patent Licensing Under U.S. Antitrust Law: The First Four ‘No-Nos’ - Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Watson Reverse Payment Settlement Case - 7th Circuit...more

Antitrust Law: 2012 Highlights

In 2012, the Antitrust Division (Division) of the U.S. Department of Justice won several significant convictions, both at trial and through guilty pleas, while the merger enforcement efforts of the Division and the Federal...more

When Will They Learn? Doctors Continue to Face Antitrust Charges for Jointly Negotiating Contracts without Clinical or Financial...

Legitimate joint marketing and selling arrangements have the potential to produce efficiencies. This is particularly so, for example, where the arrangement enables the participants to make or market products that they could...more

Criminal Antitrust Update - January 2013

In This Issue: - INDUSTRY SCORECARD - Technology: An executive of AU Optronics Corp. (“AUO”) was convicted of price-fixing in the LCD flat screen markets in a re-trial. Steven Leung was involved in the sale of...more

Latest LCD Criminal Conviction - Stephen Leung Of AUO Convicted On Retrial

After a 3-week trial and less than 24 hours of deliberation, a federal jury in San Francisco convicted Mr. Stephen Leung of AUO of one felony count of price-fixing in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act. He was charged...more

Lonely Conspirators: Antitrust Liability When Nobody Joins Your Conspiracy

The worst antitrust offenses involve conspiracies involving multiple actors. Hard-core offenses under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, such as price-fixing, market division, customer allocation, or bid-rigging, require...more

DOJ Verdict In Liquid Crystal Display Price Fixing Case Shows Juries Get It

Earlier this week, after an eight week trial, a jury in San Francisco convicted AU Optronics Corporation (“AUO”), a Taiwanese corporation, its U.S. subsidiary, AU Optronics Corporation of America (“AUOA”), and two of their...more

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