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DOJ and FTC Set Possible Criminal Liability Trap for HR Professionals

In an October surprise, the DOJ and FTC (collectively, the “Agencies”) released guidance for HR professionals on the application of the antitrust laws to employee hiring and compensation. The Agencies’ October 20, 2016...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear O’Bannon v. NCAA

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided not to hear the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) appeal of the O’Bannon case, a class-action lawsuit that was filed by the former UCLA basketball star and other...more

New York Rejects Antitrust Defense To Breach Of Distribution Contract

Your client is sued for failure to pay on a contract and says it shouldn’t have to pay because the prices were fixed by a cartel or that it was strong-armed into paying for a “bundle” of services or distribution channels even...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Proposed Updates to Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing IP

For the first time in 26 years, the FTC and DOJ (the “Agencies”) have issued proposed updates to the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, last revised in 1995. The intervening quarter century...more

October Antitrust Bulletin

On Oct. 3, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions for a writ of certiorari from both sides of the O’Bannon v. NCAA student-athlete pay case. As we previously reported, in August 2014 the U.S. District Court for...more

A Superficial Analysis of Competitive Foreclosure Won’t Play in Peoria

A federal trial court rejected a hospital’s antitrust claims that it was substantially foreclosed from the market by its rival’s exclusive contracts with payors. The court concluded that foreclosure in healthcare services...more

Third Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Doryx ‘Product Hopping’ Suit

On September 28, 2016, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Mylan v. Warner Chilcott, upholding the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s holding on summary judgement that Defendants’ “product hopping” conduct did not violate...more

Second Circuit Issues Blockbuster Ruling in Amex, Holding Anti-Steering Rules Do Not Violate Antitrust Law

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a major win for American Express in a landmark decision in United States v. American Express Co. In that case the government filed an antitrust suit against...more

Third Circuit Focuses on Relevant Product Market and Lack of Anticompetitive Conduct in Doryx Product-Hopping Case

To prevail in a product-hopping case, a plaintiff must be prepared to establish both monopoly power and anticompetitive effects. On September 28, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...more

Still No NCAA Pay for Play - Supreme Court Denies Cert. in O’Bannon v. NCAA

On October 3, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari requested in O’Bannon, et al. v. NCAA, et al., by both the plaintiffs (No. 15-1167) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (No....more

DOJ & FTC Join Telemedicine Attack on Texas Medical Board

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have sided with Teledoc, Inc., one of the country’s biggest telemedicine companies, in its legal battle with the Texas Medical Board. The two agencies filed a joint...more

The Eighth Circuit Extinguishes Claims of Continuing Conduct in Propane Tank Conspiracy

Before plaintiffs could light the pilot on antitrust claims against two propane tank distributors, a split Eighth Circuit panel cut the gas. In doing so, the majority espoused a narrow view of the applicability of the...more

Ninth Circuit Issues “Antitrust Primer for Aftermarket Issues” in Aerotec

In a precedent-setting opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Aerotec International, Inc. v. Honeywell International, Inc., No. 14-15562, 2016 WL 4709868 (9th Cir. Sept. 9, 2016), affirmed the summary...more

Second Circuit: “C” is for Comity; Price Fixing Judgement Against Chinese Vitamin C Sellers Reversed

Last week, in In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) vacated a $147 million jury award against Chinese vitamin C sellers Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. and...more

Supreme Court to Consider Whether Allegations of Adherence to a Business Association’s Rules Can Trigger Antitrust Liability

Can participation in a business or trade association and allegiance to its rules trigger antitrust liability for association members under the Sherman Act? Next term, the Supreme Court will hear Osborn v. Visa Inc., the...more

2016 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Cartel enforcement activity promises to remain busy In the coming months and into 2017 Cartel enforcement remains a priority for competition authorities around the world. Global cartel fines totaled more than $6...more

Hartig Drug Co. v. Senju Pharmaceutical Co. (3rd Cir. 2016)

Perhaps one of the most influential first year law school classes for the task of learning how to "think like a lawyer" is civil procedure. Particularly when the professor is bold enough to engage students on the intricacies...more

Sixth Circuit Denies Seal of Approval for Unjustified Filings Under Seal

Litigants and third parties subpoenaed to produce information in litigation who believe that information that they deem confidential will not ever become part of the public record so long as a discovery protective order is in...more

Questioning 2nd Circ. Analysis in Aluminum Antitrust Case

In a painstaking dissection of the “inextricably intertwined” standard often used by courts to determine whether plaintiffs can show they suffered “antitrust injury” if they neither purchased from, nor competed with, a...more

Court Finds Spanish-Language Movies May Be A Proper Antitrust Product Submarket

Can Spanish-language media content constitute a proper antitrust product submarket for purposes of a Sherman Act claim? A federal district court in Houston appears to be the first to address the issue and has signaled that,...more

No Resuscitation of Hospital’s Exclusive Dealing Antitrust Suit against Competing Hospitals and Physicians

The Third Circuit reminds, “[i]n antitrust suits, definitions matter.” Last week, in applying that maxim, the court affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a suit filed by a hospital against a competing hospital and physician...more

Caught at the Red Light: Challenge to Ordinance Granting On-Demand Drivers the Right to Bargain Collectively is Brought to a...

By: Alison Loomis, Esq. Seyfarth Synopsis: A challenge to Seattle’s first-of-its-kind ordinance, which established the right for on-demand drivers to collectively bargain, was dismissed by a Washington federal court on the...more

Texas Medical Board’s Appeal Must Proceed Under Existing Jurisdiction Arguments

In another procedural defeat for the Texas Medical Board (the “Board”) over its embattled telemedicine rule, last week, a federal judge held that the Board waited too long to request certification of appeal to the Fifth...more

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

Judge Cote Finds Initiating Lawsuits to Obtain Settlements Rather Than a Determination on the Merits is Not an Abuse of Process

On July 28, 2016, District Judge Denise Cote (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendants AlphaCap Ventures, LLC’s, a non-practicing entity, and Richard Juarez’s (collectively, “AlphaCap”) motion to dismiss plaintiff Gust, Inc.’s (“Gust”)...more

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