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"DOJ Updates Leniency Program FAQs"

The Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) released updated guidance on the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program, on January 17, 2017. The Leniency Program allows corporations and individuals who self-report their cartel...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

2016 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Antitrust Year in Review. In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at the...more

Third Circuit Considering Federal Court Damages Immunity for Ocean Shipping Companies

The Shipping Act of 1984 grants limited immunity under the antitrust laws to vessel-operating common carriers that enter certain agreements, including price-fixing agreements, so long as the agreements are filed in advance...more

DOJ Toughens Stance on Certain Employment-Related Agreements Between Competitors - New Antitrust Guidance Threatens Criminal...

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Oct. 20, 2016, jointly released Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals, cautioning employers about...more

Antitrust Agencies Release Guidance on Employee Hiring and Compensation

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jointly issued written guidance for human resource (HR) professionals on how antitrust law applies to employee hiring and...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOJ and North Carolina Challenge Anti-Steering and Tiering Provisions in Managed Care Contracts

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division (the “DOJ”)and the State of North Carolina (“NC”) jointly sued, on June 9, 2016, Carolinas HealthCare System (“CHS”), the largest healthcare system in North Carolina, over...more

Contractual Prohibitions on Health Insurers Steering Policyholders to Lower Cost Providers Draws Antitrust Challenge

The United States Department of Justice has filed an action seeking to enjoin a hospital from enforcing provisions in its contracts with health insurers that prohibit the insurers from steering policyholders to lower cost...more

DOJ and NC File Antitrust Suit Challenging Anti-Steering Restrictions in Payor Contracts

A popular weapon used to contain health care expenditures is the creation by payors and employers of tiered provider networks, which by differentiated co-pays attempt to steer insureds to less expensive choices. In...more

Legal Issues Associated with Multi-Provider Alternative Payment Model

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both federal and state policies have promoted the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs), providing financial incentives for groups of providers to improve care...more

Hospitals Settle DOJ Suit Alleging Illegal Division of Marketing Territories

Two West Virginia hospital systems settled a lawsuit filed yesterday by the Department of Justice (“DOJ” or “Department”) alleging that they agreed to allocate territories for marketing health care services in violation of...more

Potential Antitrust Implications of Most Favored Nation Clauses

Both in the automotive and other industries, parties have turned to most favored nation (MFN) clauses—or clauses having the same effect—as a means to assure the lowest possible input costs. MFN clauses offer pro-competitive,...more

IP Matters, Fall 2015

Textile Copyright Cases Ripe for ADR - While normally focused on music and media matters, copyright lawyers in California have grown busy with something else: fabrics. Hundreds of textile copyright suits involving fabric...more

Market Allocation = Antitrust Consequences

The U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Michigan recently initiated a civil antitrust action to enjoin certain marketing agreements between four south-central Michigan hospital systems alleging that the agreements...more

Mega Merger Looming for the Beer Industry

The latest wave in the ever-changing and often turbulent waters of the beer industry is the potential merger of SABMiller with Anheuser-Busch InBev. This potential combination would create a brewery with nine of the world’s...more

“Airline Collusion” Private Class Actions

Last week, we discussed public reports of an investigation by the DOJ of four major airlines (American, Delta, Southwest, and United) regarding possible collusion. Over the past two months, a number of consumers have filed...more

Business Litigation Report - August 2015

Extradition for U.S. Antitrust Crimes: An Anomaly or the New Normal? - In April 2014, Germany extradited Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, to the United States to face criminal charges related to his alleged...more

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