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Tennessee Company Skirts Customs Obligations, Pays $500,000 FCA Penalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance - - Company made false statements related to import duty charges - Investigation initiated by whistleblower complaint from company’s competitor - Trump Administration likely to impose...more

Third Circuit Says “Umbrella Damages” Bar Does Not Preclude Antitrust Standing Where Product Is Partly Comprised of Materials Not...

In a case of first impression, the Third Circuit recently held in In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 16-3795, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 2698 (3d Cir. Jan. 22, 2018), that a direct purchaser of a product,...more

FTC Accuses Student Loan Debt Relief Operation of Deceiving Consumers

by Goodwin on

?On February 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an enforcement action against a student loan debt relief operation, claiming it deceived consumers out of $28 million by falsely promising that their...more

DOJ Toughens Antitrust Consent Decree Enforcement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division ("DOJ") has adopted new terms in recent consent decrees that enhance DOJ's ability to enforce its settlements, most importantly by lowering the evidentiary...more

Third Circuit Holds Food Manufacturers Have Standing to Seek Damages From Egg Suppliers

Last week, in In re: Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision holding that purchasers of processed egg products have standing to seek damages from egg...more

FTC files lawsuit against student loan debt relief companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against three interrelated student loan debt relief companies and the individual who is their majority owner for alleged violations of Section 5 of the FTC...more

FTC Gets Restraining Order Against Mortgage Loan Modification Operators

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Nevada federal district court recently granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a large group of mortgage loan modification operators, following a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which alleged...more

Recent Antitrust Settlements Are Providing New Recovery Opportunities, But Filing Claims Is Proving To Be Complicated

First there was Libor. Next came credit default swaps and foreign exchange. Now, highlighted by the over $2 billion settlement reached in the Foreign Exchange Antitrust Litigation, plaintiffs are pursuing a number of...more

New Reverse-Payment Decision Sheds Further Light on Plaintiffs’ Causation Burden

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As post-Actavis antitrust litigation over so-called “reverse payment” patent settlements proceeds, courts continue to provide further illumination about what evidence a private plaintiff would need to offer to survive summary...more

Federal Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to Competition Tribunal ruling in Toronto Real Estate Board

by Dentons on

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) has confirmed a Competition Tribunal decision concerning the control of Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), delivering a victory to the Commissioner...more

Beware of Listing Phantom Prices: Ann Taylor Settles False Discount Class Action

by Bryan Cave on

Fashion retailer Ann Taylor has settled a false discounting class action in New York federal court alleging that prices at its outlet stores were listed as “marked down” from prices that never applied to the items. The named...more

FTC Granted Preliminary Injunction to Block Physician Practice Acquisition

On December 13, 2017 a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota granted a request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and North Dakota Attorney General to preliminarily enjoin Sanford...more

Covenant Not to Compete/Landfill Gas Services: Federal Court Addresses Request for Preliminary Injunction

Like many service industries, conflicts sometimes arise between competitors in the environmental service industry segments. A federal district court, Western District, North Carolina (“Court”) addressed in a September 29th...more

Court Bends Every Procedural Rule to Grant Dismissal to Kohl’s in “Opt-Out Evader” TCPA Text Suit –Blesses Contractual Revocation...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

One of the most annoying inhabitants of TCPA land is the Opt-Out Evader. This fellow or lady tries to set up TCPA lawsuits by texting phrases s/he knows will not be recognized by text service providers. Rather than simply...more

Don’t Get TARRed: FTC Continues to Scrutinize Misleading Marketing and Sales Methods

by Bryan Cave on

The Federal Trade Commission has taken Tarr, Inc. and 18 other entities to task for fake news, unsubstantiated advertising claims, and fake celebrity endorsements. A stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary...more

FTC Obtains TRO Temporarily Freezing Assets of Georgia-Based Debt Collection Business

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?On November 8, a federal court in Georgia issued a temporary restraining order against a Georgia-based debt collector, freezing its assets and granting the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) immediate access to its business...more

Fed issues consent order for bank’s alleged deceptive practices involving balance transfer credit cards

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Reserve Board announced that it had issued a Consent Order against Mid America Bank and Trust Company (Bank) for alleged deceptive marketing practices in violation of section 5 of the FTC Act related to balance...more

Episode 9 -- The Need for a Robust Criminal Antitrust Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

Global companies and corporate officers and employees face significant criminal antitrust risks.  The US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has a mature and aggressive enforcement program targeting illegal cartel...more

Commission Denies Joint Petition for Rescission of Civil Penalty

by Jones Day on

In a recent Order, the Commission held that an earlier-entered Consent Order should be vacated in view of a settlement agreement between the parties but that the Commission did not have the authority to vacate a civil penalty...more

FTC’s Unfairness Claim is Dismissed in Closely Watched Device Data Privacy-Based Action

The January 5, 2017, Complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (“Court”) against D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems, Inc. (Federal Trade...more

Future Impacts of Valero’s Decision to Abandon Martinez Terminal

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Valero Petroleum company announced on Sept. 18, 2017 that it would abandon its plans to acquire the Plains All American Pipeline terminal facilities in Martinez and Richmond, California. These facilities appear to be the last...more

Respondents Sanctioned For Discovery Violation

by Jones Day on

On September 28, 2017, in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products; Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, ALJ Lord issued the public version of her order requiring Respondents Wuhan Iron and Steel Group Corp., Wuhan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd.,...more

Deceptive Business Practices & The FTC Act

by Revision Legal on

Businesses that engage in deceptive and unfair internet practices are subject to injunctions and large monetary damage awards under the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”). Just as importantly, the owners and principals...more

Student-Athletes Seek $45M in Legal Fees and Costs in NCAA Scholarship Antitrust Lawsuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Wednesday, in a lawsuit brought by student-athletes claiming that the value of their scholarships was anti-competitively capped by NCAA rules, the student-athletes sought approval of nearly $45 million in attorneys' fees,...more

The Intel Case – Facts do matter!

by Dentons on

Companies commonly use rebates to maximise sales. From a competition law perspective, such rebate schemes are ordinarily unproblematic. However, dominant companies may apply rebates in a way that distorts competition, in...more

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