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Statements at industry conferences can violate competition law

U.S. steelmakers have recently found themselves paying huge sums totalling over USD 160 million to steel purchasers in order to ward off even larger damages claims. These come in the wake of a vast class action lawsuit...more

Industry trade groups urge OMB not to approve CFPB arbitration telephone survey

Three prominent industry trade groups are urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) not to approve the CFPB’s proposal to conduct a national telephone survey of 1,000 credit card holders as part of its study of the use...more

Exporters Pushing Back On Threats of Further Sanctions on Russia

Until recently, American trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have made their opposition to the imposition of further sanctions on Russia known to the...more

Buzzsaw or SawStop: Are You Prepared to Avoid Antitrust Liability in the Product Safety Arena?

In most respects, trade associations are pro-competitive organizations: they join together competitors to advance worthwhile goals and to learn from one another. Their societal value is why they are recognized as non-profits....more

FTC Targeting Trade Associations?

On May 1, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release concerning the antitrust risks involved in trade association activity and cautioned such groups that the Commission continues to maintain an active antitrust...more

Gene Grabowski on Trade Associations [Video]

There are moments when one company’s crisis can potentially harm an entire industry. When many companies are affected by a problem, the best communications solution is often a single source of consistent and persuasive...more

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) Adds Dell to its Member List

Christopher Barnett, Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, writes that he would not be surprised to see Dell brands included among lists of companies whose products must be included within the scope of BSA-initiated software audits...more

The Compliance Stepchild: Antitrust

Let’s try and put this all in perspective. Last fiscal year, the Antitrust Division collected over $1 billion in criminal fines and sent a number of senior executives to prison. ...more

FTC Recommends Privacy Practices for Mobile Apps

A new Federal Trade Commission report urges mobile app platforms and developers to better inform consumers about their privacy practices. Mobile app platforms and developers should review their privacy policies to ensure...more

FTC Recommends Framework For Mobile Privacy

Building on the privacy concepts articulated in their December 2012 report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report on February 1, which recommends a framework for mobile privacy. Like the report issued...more

FTC Releases Staff Report on Mobile Privacy

Beyond the obvious benefits of the latest generation of smartphones, mobile technology presents multiple privacy challenges. Mobile devices are almost always on, and nearby, and produce large amounts of data that might be...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

FTC Releases Recommendations on Mobile Privacy Disclosures

On Friday, February 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report recommending best practices for mobile privacy disclosures. The report, available here, reviews the benefits and privacy risks of mobile...more

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