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Antitrust Alert - Merger control in Europe - What changes in 2017

The European Union (“EU") merger control regime coexists with national merger control regimes in almost all of the 28 EU Member States. Depending on the parties’ turnover and market shares, the filing and clearance of...more

New Head of Antitrust Division Commits to International Antitrust Efforts in First Public Remarks

Newly instated Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim recently delivered his first public remarks, at the Antitrust in Developing Countries conference at New York University School of Law....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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the European Commission's annual review of the Privacy Shield, a potential threat to the European Union's "standard contractual clauses," a push by...more

France Moves Toward Ending All Regulated Tariffs for Natural Gas Sales

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Conseil d'État (France's Administrative Supreme Court) has ruled that the public service obligation to supply natural gas at regulated tariffs in France contravened EU law. In particular, it affirmed that no...more

FTC Settles Charges Regarding Privacy Shield Noncompliance

by Morgan Lewis on

On September 8, 2017, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three US companies have reached a settlement regarding charges that the companies misled consumers in connection with their participation in the EU-US...more

Federal Trade Commission Reaffirms Commitment to Enforce EU-US Privacy Shield

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled enforcement actions against three companies accused of misleading consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework,...more

Focusing Antitrust Compliance Programs on the Real Criminal Risks (Part II of II)

by Michael Volkov on

As chief compliance officers realize the importance of criminal antitrust compliance, it is important to identify the real risk factors. All too often we get lost in the mumbo-jumbo (a technical term, I know) of compliance,...more

Chief Compliance Officers Have to Address Criminal Antitrust Risks (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

We often read articles and blog postings about anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, export controls and sanctions compliance issues. The focus on these topics is justified. However, there is one glaring omission –...more

German Auto Antitrust Cartel – A Record Enforcement Action Begins

by Michael Volkov on

Just when you thought it could not get any worse, events remind us that things actually can get worse. Volkswagen suffered through a horrible scandal involving an elaborate scheme to circumvent emissions regulations. The...more

Class Action Alleges Antitrust Conspiracy Among “Circle of Five” German Automakers

On July 28, 2017, a group of plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the Northern District of California against BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as auto-parts manufacturer Robert Bosch....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

Japan LNG Import Contracts – The JFTC Reports

The Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) on June 28, 2017 issued its much-anticipated report into the state of the market for contracted long term LNG supplies into Japan?. The report made a number of key observations....more

International Consumer Protection Agencies Will Share Intelligence About Business Practices

by Reed Smith on

On June 30, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (“ICPEN”)—an international network of more than 60 consumer protection agencies—updated its...more

International Comity: Supreme Court Considers Vitamin C Price Fixing Lawsuit

On Monday, just a few days after the Justices of the Supreme Court conferred on the cert petition in the Vitamin C price fixing antitrust case, the Court asked the Acting Solicitor General to file a brief “expressing the...more

Sgt. Peppers at 50: She’s Leaving Home and Barclays Bank

by Thomas Fox on

It has unquestionably been a difficult year for Barclays. Whether any of its former executives will face any jail time for their actions back in the 2008 financial crisis is an open question. As for current bank chief Staley,...more

New Competition Law in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

Today, significant changes to the German Act against Restraints of Competition have entered into effect. This newsletter provides an overview of the most significant aspects of the 9th amendment to the German competition law....more

"I want my money back!" – Cartel damages claims after the 9th reform of the German Competition Act

by Hogan Lovells on

One of the primary aspects covered by the 9th reform of the German Competition Act that has just entered into effect is the transposition of the EU Cartel Damages Directive into German law. The preparatory works in the draft...more

Italy Follows France and Germany in Investigating Big Data

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Italian Competition Authority, together with the national regulators for communications and data protection, opened a joint market investigation on Big Data. The investigation appears to be wide-ranging, covering not only...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

Retailers and Other Food Importers Must Ensure Food They Import Meets U.S. Safety Standards

by Bryan Cave on

Requirements take effect today under the FDA’s new Food Safety Verification Program (FSVP), which makes retailers and other businesses that import food into the United States responsible for verifying that the food has been...more

Commercial Division Partially Vacates ICC Arbitration Award in Artificial Sweetener Dispute

Justice Charles Ramos of the New York Commercial Division partially vacated an International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitration award in a major legal battle between artificial sweetener giants NutraSweet and Daesang. ...more

Global Inquiries into Drug Price Increases

European competition authorities announced this week an investigation into Aspen Pharmacare’s recent price hikes of five cancer drugs. The European Commission said in a press release that it had “information indicating that...more

Latest Reform of German Competition Law Brings Clarity

by Jones Day on

The German Parliament has adopted the 9th Amendment to the German "Act against Restraints of Competition" ("ARC") or "Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen" ("GWB"). The new law will enter into force after publication in the...more

The review and renegotiation of Japanese LNG import contracts

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) is currently conducting an investigation into alleged unfair restrictions on the resale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into Japan from abroad. The investigation could lead to a...more

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