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Australia's ACCC Alarmed at Increasing Issues Arising from Consumer Guarantees

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has identified a 39 percent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017 as compared with 2016, from 21,000 to 29,000. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2018

by Bryan Cave on

When is pricing discriminatory? We reported in January 2017 on how a Portuguese Court had asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) to provide guidance on when “discriminatory pricing applied to equivalent...more

ACCC Increases Enforcement of Consumer Guarantees Against Airlines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Following consumer complaints, the Australian Competition and Consumer Regulator ("ACCC") has released a report reminding airlines of obligations when dealing with the flying public. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

High Court Grants Certiorari in Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of two Vitamin C purchasers in what has become known as In re: Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation. Appellants are seeking to overturn a 2016...more

EU Merger Control 2017: Competition in Innovation; EC Prohibiting Deals; Fines for Procedural Infringements; and EU Courts...

by WilmerHale on

2017 saw some highly significant investigations and court judgments in European Union merger control. Notably: ..After detailed investigations and subject to extensive divestments, the European Commission (“EC”) cleared...more

Mexico Signs the ICSID Convention that Protects Foreign Investors

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 11, 2018, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank in Washington D.C. announced that the United Mexican States' Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo...more

European Court of Justice: Intercompany Pricing Cannot Be Used For EU Import/Customs Purposes If Subject to Adjustments

• A recent judgment of the European Court of Justice for bars the use of intercompany transfer prices for EU imports and EU customs duty purposes if (as is commonly the case) these are subject to retroactive adjustments. ...more

Court Refuses to Certify Canadian Price-Fixing Case

by Bennett Jones LLP on

For many years, it was next to impossible to certify a price-fixing class action in Canada. Today, certification is so common that refusals to certify are the rare exception. Ewart v Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, 2017 BCSC...more

Petition Summary: Certain Plastic Decorative Ribbon from China

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On December 27, 2017, Berwick Offray, LLC filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Certain Plastic Decorative Ribbon from China....more

Foreign Investment Control Heats Up: A Global Survey of Existing Regimes and Potential Significant Changes on the Horizon

by Jones Day on

Mergers and acquisitions by multinational companies require attention to foreign investment controls around the world, and such controls vary widely. For example, requirements for determining whether such controls apply, the...more

Update: Creation of the National Economic Crime Centre

by WilmerHale on

On 11 December 2017 the Government announced the creation of the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC). The NECC will be based within the National Crime Agency (NCA) and will act as a multi-agency organisation, tasked with...more

2018 Predictions in Privacy & Security

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Next year will be full of growing pains as both the public and private sector interpret, implement, and refine their efforts to comply with the GDPR. Large, multinational companies with a presence in the EU (and who are at...more

CJEU Issues Long-Awaited Coty Decision on Luxury Goods Supplier's Online Platform Ban

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: On December 6, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") issued its long-awaited judgment in the Coty case, which clarifies the extent to which an online platform ban within a selective...more

Online Sales Restrictions Are a Luxury - European Court Clarifies Prohibition of Third Party Platform Sales for Luxury Goods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on online platform sales bans for luxury goods in selective distribution systems in Coty (C-230/16). The ECJ ruled that luxury goods manufacturers...more

UK Competition & Markets Authority Consults on Upcoming Focus Areas

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Competition & Markets Authority has launched a consultation on its proposed focus areas for 2018/2019. The consultation paper sets out the CMA's draft plans and priorities and a number of key commitments and...more

Jury Gives Auto Parts Manufacturer a Pass on DOJ Conspiracy Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 29, 2017, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and its US subsidiary defeated the US Department of Justice’s claims that the companies conspired with others to fix prices and rig bids for automotive body sealing...more

Does Coty really mean that I can ban sales through online marketplaces?

by Bryan Cave on

In what is being hailed as landmark case in distribution law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the ‘CJEU’) on 6 December 2017 gave a judgment confirming that luxury goods suppliers can ban sales through online...more

The Coty Case – The CJEU rules in favour of selective distribution networks against third-party online platforms

by Dentons on

In the long-awaited Coty ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that luxury brands may restrict distributors in a selective distribution network from selling their goods through third-party online...more

Regulations on block exemptions in vertical concerted actions come into force

by DLA Piper on

On 5 December 2017, a new regulation by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (hereinafter – the “AMCU”) on typical requirements for vertical concerted actions of undertakings has entered into force (hereinafter – the...more

Suppliers of luxury goods can prohibit their selective distributors from selling these products via third-party online platforms

by White & Case LLP on

The European Court of Justice held in Coty that a manufacturer operating a lawful selective distribution system for luxury goods is allowed to prohibit its authorised distributors from selling those goods on third-party...more

Coty Case: Luxury Brands Can Restrict Online Sale via Marketplaces Such as Amazon

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (“the Court”) handed down its preliminary ruling in the Coty case confirming that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system of luxury goods is allowed to...more

Amendments to Australian Antitrust Regime Take Effect

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Australia has adopted a package of changes to its antitrust laws that are designed to give more power to its antitrust enforcement agency, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and to increase...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Fall 2017

FSIA Does Not Exempt US Bank from Subpoena for Production of Records of Accounts Maintained by Central Bank of Nigeria - The World in U.S. Courts: Fall 2017 - Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Political Question Doctrine....more

Antitrust, distribuzione selettiva e piattaforme online: finalmente i chiarimenti della Corte di Giustizia

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Consultazione - È possibile nell’ambito di un sistema di distribuzione selettiva vietare ai rivenditori autorizzati l’utilizzo delle piattaforme online? A questa domanda nel recente passato hanno risposto in modo...more

Regulation Round Up - November 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

3 November - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published an alert setting out key considerations for principals who have appointed representatives or introducer appointed representatives. Among other things, the alert...more

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