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Competition News - October 2017

by Dentons on

Prohibiting an authorized distributor from selling on a market place is not necessarily a hardcore restriction of competition - By a decree dated September 13, 2017, the French Supreme Court gave its support to brands...more

Senators and court complain of ‘anti-competitive’ transfer of patent rights to American Indian tribe

We have previously discussed antitrust implications of pharmaceutical companies’ efforts to maximize patent protection for their drugs. Consumers and generic drug makers, for instance, have alleged antitrust violations based...more

Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of competition authorities – German FCO continues to lead the way

by Hogan Lovells on

On 6 October, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) launched its new series of papers on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy”. The first paper deals with “Big Data and Competition”. ...more

Chinese Competition Authority Imposes Fines for Price-Fixing Involving Industry Associations

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: In early September, three local Chinese chemical manufacturers received penalty notices from China's National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") for attending an association conference,...more

Bombardier Update

by Lane Powell PC on

Lane Powell previously analyzed the trade dispute over the Bombardier C Series aircraft underway in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)....more

Rewarding Loyalty: ECJ Holds that Loyalty Rebates Do Not Per Se Restrict Competition

by Jones Day on

The Background: In September 2017, the European Court of Justice (Case C-413/14 P) reversed the ruling of the General Court, which had upheld the European Commission's €1.06 billion fine on Intel for abusing its dominant...more

CMA Investigates Asset Management Sector

by Dechert LLP on

Following the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) final report on the asset management market study in June 2017, it has decided to make a Market Investigation Reference to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on...more

German Government Expresses Reservations About Alleged Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership

by Dentons on

In July 2017, the German Government released a statement on common ownership. The statement responds to a report by the German Monopolies Commission (an independent advisory body composed of experts which publishes regular...more

No Traction: Authorities Drop Antitrust Investigation into Italy's Long-Term Car Rental Sector

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Italian Competition Authority has closed an antitrust investigation into the alleged anticompetitive exchange of information by 16 operators in the long-term car rental market and their industry...more

Washington State AG Alleges Price Fixing and Sues to Break Up Rapidly Expanding Health System

by Mintz Levin on

After five years of growth through a series of acquisitions, the Washington State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit to thwart and unwind the most recent expansion efforts of Franciscan Health System (“CHI Franciscan”)...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

LinkedIn Takes the Role of Protector of its Users’ Privacy

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a recent case brought in a California court, the professional networking service LinkedIn asserted its right to protect its users’ privacy expectations against a third party interloper that claims the right to collect...more

Takeaways from the Intel Judgment on the Legality of Exclusivity Rebates in the EU

According to the longstanding case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “Court”), rebates which are conditional upon a purchaser buying all or most of its requirements from a dominant supplier (so called...more

Antitrust Alert: European Court Of Justice Publishes Long-Awaited Judgment In The Intel Case

by Jones Day on

September 2017 What happened? Last week the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") set aside a General Court ruling that had upheld a €1.06 billion fine imposed by the European Commission on Intel for abusing its dominant position...more

Intel Ruling: General Court Failed to Examine All of Intel’s Arguments, Court of Justice Says

On September 6, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) quashed the 2014 judgment of the General Court (GC) that upheld a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel Corporation Inc. (Intel) for abusing a...more

EU Court Orders New Assessment of Intel's Rebates

by Dechert LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has quashed a ruling by the EU’s General Court which had upheld the European Commission’s (EC) 2009 finding of abuse of dominance by Intel Corporation Inc. Intel was fined...more

"Better Deal" Legislative Proposal Would Overhaul U.S. Antitrust Merger Review

by Jones Day on

A number of Democrats in Congress have proposed to revamp U.S. antitrust law with a "Better Deal" economic plan. The proposed legislation takes aim at large corporations and includes measures that are at odds with decades of...more

It’s a Sign of the Times: Challenges to Big Oil Transactions Will Likely Continue in California

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Valero Energy Corporation will likely face an uphill battle ahead in California over its plans to purchase storage terminals in Martinez and Richmond, California from Plains All American Pipeline. The California Attorney...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act: Recent Developments Raise Questions About Inadvertent Disclosure

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed into law last year by President Obama, revolutionized intellectual property law by creating a new civil cause of action permitting trade secret owners to sue for misappropriation...more

Egypt Considers Premerger Notification

by White & Case LLP on

Egypt is considering a premerger notification law that may subject global transactions to reporting requirements in Egypt. Egypt joins other jurisdictions in the region that have adopted merger control regimes, including the...more

How much is too much? NY AG stops Simon Property from enforcing its 60-mile radius restriction

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In shopping center leases, the landlord may agree to protect current tenants with exclusive use provisions, blocking future tenants from competing with the already existing businesses...Landlords also limit tenants’ uses...more

Who Poked Whom First: Does a Friend Request or Social Media Invite Count as Solicitation?

by Fisher Phillips on

When Gregory Gelineau quit his job at an Illinois-based insurance company to work for a competitor, he sent LinkedIn invitations to a group of his former co-workers. In response, Gelineau’s former company sued him. The...more

China proposes new rules to address perceived anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry

by Hogan Lovells on

On 14 August 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") released a draft of the Guidelines on Pricing Conduct by Business Operators for Drugs in Shortage and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients ("Draft...more

ITC Holds Section 201 Hearing on Solar Imports

On August 15, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) held a hearing to consider whether solar panels are being imported in such increased quantities that they are the “substantial cause” of serious injury or the...more

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