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Senate Passes the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act, and Takes Another Shot at Increased Protections for Whistleblowers

On November 15, 2017, the United States Senate passed the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2017 (“CAARA”). This Act would amend the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 (“ACPERA”), and would...more

THE LATEST: Antitrust Remains in Political Crosshairs for 2018 Midterm Elections

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gave a speech at the Open Markets Institute on December 6 entitled “Three Ways to Remake the American Economy for All”, in which she repeatedly positioned antitrust policy...more

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Signals Shift in Antitrust/IP Focus

• Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Makan Delrahim, the new head of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), recently announced a shift from the prior Administration’s focus on the dangers of patent “hold-up”...more

FCC to Repeal Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft order to repeal its own net neutrality rules. The order, which is expected to be voted upon and approved by a partisan 3-2 vote on...more

The Trump DOJ’s View on Merger Enforcement and Remedies Explained

by BakerHostetler on

President Trump’s head of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, recently explained that the division will cut back on behavioral commitments such as consent orders regulating conduct and will instead...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Justin Nelson Launches Campaign for Texas Attorney General- Democrat Justin Nelson declared his candidacy for Texas AG seeking to unseat incumbent Republican AG Ken Paxton, who is running for...more

FTC Fills Up With Trump Nominations

After making do with just two members since February, the Federal Trade Commission may soon be back at full capacity after President Donald Trump officially nominated two individuals to join the FTC, including one tapped as...more

Is the DOJ's Approval of AT&T's Acquisition of Time Warner Conditioned on the sale of CNN?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

According to several news outlets, the Department of Justice has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell DirectTV or Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, in order to gain approval of AT&T's $84.5 billion acquisition of...more

Corporate Concentration, Mergers, and Antitrust Enforcement in the Current Political Climate

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Attacking the vigor and effectiveness of antitrust enforcement has become increasingly popular political subject. Just last week, Senator Cory Booker released a letter to the FTC and DOJ urging them to consider the interests...more

ITC Proposes Tariffs in Solar Trade Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After hearing days of arguments and considering dozens of filings from solar companies both opposed to and in support of trade action, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today recommended tariffs on imported solar...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Global Compliance Overhaul for SAP as DOJ and SEC Investigate Payments Allegedly Related to South African Government Contracts – On October 26, 2017, German software company SAP SE...more

October Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Trump Announces Two Federal Trade Commission Nominees - On Oct. 19, President Trump nominated Joseph J. Simons to be the next Federal Trade Commission chairman. If confirmed, Simons would serve a full seven-year term and...more

Delrahim Takes Over at DOJ Antitrust – and Quickly Lays Out His Priorities

by Baker Donelson on

On September 27, Makan Delrahim was confirmed by the Senate to be the new Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Antitrust Division. The Senate's vote (73-21 in favor of confirmation) ends the longest delay ever in confirming...more

Alert: Trump Antitrust Appointees Finally Set: What to Expect

by Cooley LLP on

Leadership at the top of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and Federal Trade Commission appears to be set – nine months into the Trump Administration – with the confirmation of Makan Delrahim as Assistant Attorney...more

President Trump Names Nominees to the FTC

by Bryan Cave on

President Trump has announced his nominee for Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, naming Joseph Simon to the position. The President has also announced two additional nominees to fill seats on the Commission, Rohit Chopra...more

President Trump Nominates Joe Simons to Chair the Federal Trade Commission; President Also Nominates Noted Consumer Protection...

President Donald Trump has indicated his intent to nominate Joe Simons, a long-time antitrust lawyer, to chair the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The President also has indicated his intent to nominate Rohit Chopra as an FTC...more

Trump To Nominate Competition-Focused Simons for FTC Chair, CP-Focused Chopra for Commissioner; Reports of Philips for Additional...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

After months of speculation among the consumer protection and antitrust bars, Trump announced today his intention to nominate former Director of the Bureau of Competition and current Paul Weiss partner Joseph Simons as...more

International Competition Network Addresses Bid-Rigging in Government Procurement

In October 2017, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition John Pecman (Commissioner) joined competition law enforcement authorities from around the world in Ottawa for the International Competition Network’s (ICN) 14th annual...more

President Orders FTC to Report on Competition in Healthcare Markets

by Perkins Coie on

On October 12, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order designed to promote choice and competition in healthcare markets. The order was reported as a first step in the administration’s effort to undermine the...more

Trump Nominates Replacement Commissioners

by Jones Day on

As we have previously posted, the ITC currently has two open Commissioner positions after the exits of Commissioners Kieff and Pinkert earlier this year. On September 28, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of...more

Makan Delrahim Confirmed as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Division

After a lengthy confirmation process, Makan Delrahim has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. While President Donald Trump originally announced...more

Antitrust Bills Seek to Thwart Mega Mergers and Expand Antitrust Enforcement

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Democrats have proposed legislation that would make it easier for antitrust agencies to challenge mergers. - The Background: This announcement followed a proposal made in August, known as the "Better...more

China Further Revised Commercial Bribery Law in the Latest Draft Amendments to Anti-Unfair Competition Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The modified draft amendments clarify the scope of commercial bribery, provide helpful exceptions, and increase penalties. Key Points: The Law Committee of the National People’s Congress has released a Second Draft of...more

Senate Democrats Introduce “Better Deal” Antitrust Enforcement Legislation

As part of the effort to rebrand the party and reconnect with working-class voters who were lost in the presidential election, congressional Democrats revealed a new populist policy agenda, titled “A Better Deal: Better Jobs,...more

Compliance News Flash

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

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