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Toy Company Settles DOJ Complaint Alleging Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Rule and FTC Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with an electronic toy manufacturer for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the FTC Act. The COPPA Rule prohibits unfair or...more

Client Alert: AT & T - Time Warner Merger Challenge Might Signal Policy Change on Vertical Mergers

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently sued to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner, stating that such a merger would harm consumers by weakening competition. The lawsuit signals a policy change that “vertical...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018

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Editor's Note - A Busy Holiday Season. We hope that all of you had a happy holiday season and wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. While the Roundup has been on hiatus during the holidays, the federal...more

When Closing is Just the Beginning: Antitrust Authorities Unwinding Closed Transactions

by Goodwin on

In the last several months the United States’ federal antitrust enforcement authorities, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), have challenged and sought to unwind...more

2017 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) is pleased to present its 2017 Antitrust Year in Review.In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at...more

Why privacy policies are key for corporate sweepstakes

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One of our many valued sweepstakes clients is Subway®. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Subway® on local and regional sweepstakes, and employee incentive programs for several years. During that time, we’ve gotten to...more

A Review of the DOJ/FTC’s Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In October 2016, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an eleven-page joint guidance document entitled “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals”...more

Criminal antitrust prosecutions still loom for employers with ‘no-poaching,’ ‘wage-fixing’ agreements

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Agreements to refrain from soliciting another company’s employees (“no poaching” agreements) recently came under increased scrutiny — including the ominous potential for felony charges. A year ago, under the Obama...more

No-Poaching And Wage-Fixing Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws, DOJ And FTC Warn

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Antitrust laws prohibit price fixing among competing sellers, but those same laws also apply to buyers. Since every company with employees is a “buyer” of employees’ services, federal regulators are reminding businesses that...more

The Latest: FTC Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Retail Fuel Station Transaction— Requires Three Localized Divestitures in Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED - • Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) is a Canadian corporation and is engaged in the retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States. Circle K Stores, Inc. (Circle K) is a wholly owned...more

International News: Brexit & the US Administration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Cross Border M&A: The Impact of Brexit, the Trump Administration, and China’s Crackdown on Capital Flight The combination of Brexit, the Trump Administration, and China’s tightening grasp on capital, appear to have created...more

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Signals Shift in Antitrust/IP Focus

• Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Makan Delrahim, the new head of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), recently announced a shift from the prior Administration’s focus on the dangers of patent “hold-up”...more

Federal jury convicts operator of payday lenders sued by CFPB and FTC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Richard Moseley Sr., the operator of a group of interrelated payday lenders, was convicted by a federal jury on all criminal counts in an indictment filed by the Department of Justice, including violating the Racketeer...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

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

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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

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

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

October Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Trump Announces Two Federal Trade Commission Nominees - On Oct. 19, President Trump nominated Joseph J. Simons to be the next Federal Trade Commission chairman. If confirmed, Simons would serve a full seven-year term and...more

Alert: Trump Antitrust Appointees Finally Set: What to Expect

by Cooley LLP on

Leadership at the top of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and Federal Trade Commission appears to be set – nine months into the Trump Administration – with the confirmation of Makan Delrahim as Assistant Attorney...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require Personal, Individual HSR Filings

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Do you receive any form of equity-based compensation? Does your company grant any form of equity-based compensation? If so, it is critical to remember that common equity-based compensation, such as option exercises,...more

President Orders FTC to Report on Competition in Healthcare Markets

by Perkins Coie on

On October 12, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order designed to promote choice and competition in healthcare markets. The order was reported as a first step in the administration’s effort to undermine the...more

FTC and DOJ Issue FY 2016 Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) recently issued their Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 (the “Report”). The key takeaways from the...more

DOJ Reminds Companies That Expiration of HSR Waiting Period Is Not Always the Antitrust Agencies' Final Say

On September 26, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware challenging Parker-Hannifin Corporation's (Parker's) consummated acquisition of CLARCOR, Inc....more

DOJ Challenges Completed Merger that Passed Hart-Scott-Rodino Review

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Parker-Hannifin Corporation and Clarcor Inc., alleging that the completed merger of these entities violated U.S. antitrust laws. This suit...more

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