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Supreme Court Finds that Regulatory Boards Composed of “Active Market Participants” are Subject to Antitrust Laws if Not Actively...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, finding that North Carolina’s state board of dental examiners was subject to antitrust scrutiny under the Sherman Act...more

Supreme Court Rules NC Dentist Board Not Immune From Antitrust Scrutiny

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that state professional boards comprised of active market participants are not immune from antitrust laws even though the boards are formally designated as a state agency, unless the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Collaborators Beware - OCC Encourages Community Banks to Collaborate

On January 13, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a paper strongly encouraging community banks to consider ways in which they can collaborate to reduce costs, promote expertise, and enhance...more

FTC Cracks Down On Trade Associations; Warns Against Rules That Restrict Competition

On December 23, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled two cases against trade associations, which agreed to amend their organizational documents that the FTC claimed limited competition among the association...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: DOJ settles gun-jumping case, FTC issues fines for failure to submit HSR filing and FTC...

DOJ fines particleboard manufacturers $4.95 million for gun-jumping violations - On Friday, November 7, 2014, two companies agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that the...more

Minimizing Antitrust Risk in M&A Transactions

For any company looking to enter into a merger or acquisition, the laundry list of necessary pre-closing tasks can start to add up. But, just as companies must complete due diligence and identify negotiation strategies, it...more

Top Components of Effective Antitrust Corporate Compliance Programs, Part 2

Last week we posted a discussion concerning effective antitrust corporate compliance programs, and provided some factors that in-house counsel should consider in developing compliance programs governing employees’...more

Beyond Truth, and Toward Repose: Price Increases Following “Merger to Monopoly” Do Not Rekindle Statute of Limitations

Z Technologies Corp. v. Lubrizol Corp., No. 2:12-cv-12206 (6th Cir., May 23, 2014). In February, 2007, Lubrizol Corporation made a “merger to monopoly” acquisition of the assets of a competitor. The acquisition...more

FTC v. Actavis on Remand: A New Chapter

District Court refuses to grant renewed motion to dismiss based on Noerr-Pennington doctrine. In re AndroGel Antitrust Litigation (No. II), MDL No. 2084 (re Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., No. 1:09-CV-955-TWT)...more

Antitrust Bulletin - Vol. 5, No. 1

In this Issue: - New Developments - U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Patent Agreements That Postpone the Sale of Generic Drugs Violate Antitrust Laws - Direct Purchasers Have Standing to Bring Antitrust...more

FTC Commissioner Urges Clear and Rational Definition of “Unfair Competition”

On June 19, FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright gave a speech proposing a policy statement regarding “unfair methods of competition” under Section 5 of the FTC Act....more

Update: Are the Regulators Coming for the Patent Trolls?

We recently wrote about a workshop held by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to discuss perceived abuses by patent acquisition entities....more

FTC: Dentists Not Shielded From Teeth-Whitening Competition

In a ruling that may impact how professionals attempt to limit competition from alternative providers, the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) failed to convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth...more

Getting the Deal Through – Cartel Regulation 2013: Global Overview and United States

Global Overview: Continued aggressive cartel enforcement in 2012 Authorities around the world continued to vigorously enforce cartel law in 2012. Total fines increased in many jurisdictions, and authorities around the...more

Are the Regulators Coming after the Patent Trolls?

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice recently held a workshop to discuss the effects of patent assertion entities (PAEs) on innovation and competition....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

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