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Ascertainability & In Re Nexium – The Side-Effects Continue

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

As various contributors to this blog have noted, a divided panel of the First Circuit adopted a “loose” approach to the ascertainability requirement in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation. Specifically, while acknowledging...more

Supreme Court of Georgia Upholds Constitutionality of Certificate of Need Statute

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected an outpatient surgery center’s constitutional challenge to the state’s Certificate of Need (“CON”) statute, Women’s Surgical Center, LLC, v. Berry. The applicable code section,...more

FERC Enforcement Releases 2017 Annual Report

• On November 16, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its 11th annual Report on Enforcement, detailing the agency’s Enforcement activities in 2017. • Key highlights are that Enforcement priorities were...more

Does What Happens Outside the U.S. Stay Outside the U.S.?

As the economy continues to globalize, so too does the reach of antitrust law. Two recent cases illustrate the interaction between international trade and U.S. antitrust law: Biocad v. F. Hoffman-La-Roche Ltd. and In re...more

European Court of Justice Deals Blow to Commitment Decisions

On November 23, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (Court of Justice) dealt a blow to the European Commission’s (Commission) power to close antitrust investigations with commitment decisions, with its ruling in...more

Indirect Purchasers Cannot Sue Qualcomm Under Federal Law, But State Law Claims Survive

A federal judge in California has refused to allow indirect purchasers of semiconductor chips—i.e., cell phone consumers—to bring claims against Qualcomm under federal antitrust law....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...more

EU & Competition Law Update – November 2017

by Bryan Cave on

EU opens investigation into UK tax scheme for multinationals - The EU State aid rules are designed to stop Governments and local authorities giving companies a selective advantage, as doing so would create an unequal...more

Feds Come Out Against Seattle’s Law to Unionize Rideshare Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy just got a strong ally in its fight to remain union-free: the federal government. The latest development in the ongoing saga involving an attempt to put into place the nation’s first unionization law that...more

Big Data and Antitrust: Rethinking Competition Law in the Data Economy

As we approach calendar year end, traditionally the busiest period of the year for mergers and acquisitions, it is worth revisiting whether our existing competition law framework can and does properly assess the market power...more

EU General Court orders fresh review of Liberty Global/Ziggo merger

by Dechert LLP on

The EU lower court has overturned a 2014 merger clearance by the European Commission (EC) following an appeal by a third party. Overturning the clearance does not mean that the deal is now prohibited. Instead, the case...more

IPunkt - October 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Kurze Einleitung - Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser, diesen Monat ist es endlich wieder soweit. Der IPunkt kehrt in neuem Gewand zurück. Passend hierzu haben unsere Autoren die neuesten Updates im Bereich des IPMT kurz...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

The FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures–Bankrate: Antitrust Risks in Deals Backed by Private Equity Minority Shareholders

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint challenging Red Ventures’ proposed acquisition of Bankrate. The FTC alleged that the deal likely would have lessened competition in the market for...more

Recent Developments in Antitrust Scrutiny of Healthcare-Provider Transactions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the trend of acquisitions of physician practices and mergers of hospitals continues, so does antitrust scrutiny of these deals. There was activity this week in three different proposed transactions that caught the...more

Georgia’s Certificate of Need Law Lives to See Another Day

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Despite an attack that went up to the Georgia Supreme Court, it appears that the State’s Certificate of Need (CON) law will live to see another day. On October 16, 2017, the Georgia Supreme Court issued an opinion written by...more

Pharma Distributors Trade Association Sued for Conspiracy to Exclude Competition for its Track and Trace Software

On October 23, 2017, a company that developed software to track and trace pharmaceuticals filed a complaint against a pharmaceutical distributors trade association that currently dominates the market for such software,...more

German Federal Cartel Office Gains New Role in Consumer Protection

by Bryan Cave on

Effective 8 June 2017, the 9th Amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition delegated more competences and ways to investigate to the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office — FCO) with respect to...more

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

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