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DOJ Targets No-Poach Agreements Among Competitors

On April 3, 2018, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ” or “Antitrust Division”) filed an antitrust complaint against Knorr-Bremse AG (“Knorr”) and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (“Wabtec”) for...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Australian authorities confirm renewed interest in parity provisions; Singapore opens...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Australian Authorities Confirm Renewed Interest in Parity Provisions - ("Online Booking Clauses Still Cause for Concern for Australian Competition Authority," MLex, April 11, 2018) (subscription required) - Speaking...more

Tronox Runs Into Procedural Quagmire with Challenges to Cristal Acquisition

by Jones Day on

The FTC Challenge: The FTC pursued an administrative challenge against Tronox's proposed acquisition of Cristal without also seeking a preliminary injunction. Following an HSR investigation, the FTC normally seeks a...more

EU Competition Newsletter - April 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Lights Back On: Territorial Limits in EU Cartel Damages Claims - The Court of Appeal has ruled that iiyama's 1bn EUR cartel damages claims, against the participants of the cathode ray tube ("CRT") market and liquid...more

China’s Intervention Against Vertical Agreements

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 9, 2016, the PRC National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) handed down its decision against medical device company Medtronic for having concluded and implemented a vertical monopoly agreement by...more

Vertical Agreements in the Online Sales of Goods

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The growth of e-commerce and the resulting increase in price transparency and price competition have a significant impact on companies’ distribution strategies and consumer behavior. While the emergence of e-commerce has the...more

DOJ Announces First Settlement Under Trump Administration Regarding “No-Poach” Agreement

On April 3, 2018, the Antitrust Division of the U.S Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached a settlement in a matter involving a “no-poaching” agreement between employers—the first such enforcement action...more

Annual HSR Report: No New Challenges to Hospital or Ambulatory Surgery Center Mergers in 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On April 11, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released their 40th Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino Report (“HSR Report”) detailing merger enforcement activity in fiscal year 2017...more

Year Two of Trump Antitrust Merger Enforcement: What to Expect in 2018

On April 4, 2018, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Year Two of Trump Antitrust Merger Enforcement: What to Expect in 2018.” The Skadden panelists were antitrust/competition global head Steven C. Sunshine and...more

FTC Details Top Consumer Complaints of 2017

The Federal Trade Commission’s annual Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book revealed the top consumer complaints for 2017, with debt collection maintaining its title as the most-complained-about topic....more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

Antitrust and Competition - Substantial Assets Divestiture Needed to Secure Clearance for the Creation of a Company That Will Control More Than a Quarter of the World’s Seed and Pesticides Market - On 21 March 2018, the...more

FTC Sends Warning Letters to Companies Over Warranty Claims

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) sent warning letters to six (6) major companies that market and sell automobiles, cellular devices, and video gaming systems. The FTC indicated that it has concerns...more

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by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - ERSP Sends Vitalizer Claims up to the FTC - NAD Says Cardio Miracle Creator Dodged the Question - CPSC Takes Smart Tech Safety to the Streets - ESRB Floats Changes to Its COPPA Safe Harbor Program -...more

DOJ Cracks Down on No-Poach Agreements

by Smith Anderson on

On April 3, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had “reached a settlement with Knorr-Bremse AG and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation, two of the world’s largest rail equipment suppliers, to...more

Uber’s Latest Headache

An expanded settlement by the Federal Trade Commission with ride-sharing giant Uber Technologies should serve as a lesson to other businesses about what happens when a company fails to disclose a data breach during an ongoing...more

The Weekly Privacy Rewind

by BakerHostetler on

Class Actions - Uber Data Breach Suits Consolidated in California - The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has settled on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in which to...more

Major Companies Receive FTC Warranty Warnings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a wake-up call to businesses that offer non-compliant consumer warranties, last week the Federal Trade Commission announced that its staff had sent warning letters to six major companies that market and sell automobiles,...more

An Update on Brexit and (Current) Implications on Trade

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

It has been a year since Article 50 was triggered on March 29, 2017, and if no extension is given, the U.K. will leave the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019. This means that negotiations are now at the half-way point, but...more

The UAE Competition Committee has finally become operational; merger control in the UAE and the GCC region

by Hogan Lovells on

The UAE Competition Committee has become operational and therefore mergers and acquisitions may be subject to review in the near future....more

Blue Cross to Face Per Se Review in Multidistrict Antitrust Litigation

by King & Spalding on

On April 5, 2018, a Federal court held that Blue Cross health insurance plans’ “aggregation of a market allocation scheme” will be analyzed under the per se standard of antitrust review, which treats categories of restraints...more

Federal Authorities Continue to Monitor Proposed Class Action Settlements

by BakerHostetler on

Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continue to scrutinize class settlements to ensure that neither defendants nor class action counsel are improperly benefiting at the expense...more

Court Dismisses FTC Antitrust Lawsuit Alleging That Shire ViroPharma Inc. Abused Government Processes to Delay Generic Competitors

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought a series of cases involving drug manufacturers allegedly seeking to delay competition from generic drug companies. See, e.g., F.T.C. v. Actavis, Inc., 570 U.S....more

UK Authority Considers Competition Issues Arising From the Provision of Investment Consultancy Services and Fiduciary Management...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority has published the third in a series of working papers on specific aspects of its market investigation into the supply and acquisition of investment consultancy services and fiduciary...more

Antitrust Enforcement Under the Trump Administration

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Divining trends in antitrust enforcement in a given presidential administration can take some time. Many commentators didn’t notice material changes in antitrust enforcement in the Obama administration – at least in merger...more

Competition Newsletter April 2018

by Dentons on

Selective distribution: The Paris Court of Appeal applies the principles defined by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Coty preliminary ruling - In a decision opposing Coty France to the online sales...more

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