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THE LATEST: DOJ’s Packaged Seafood Probe Yields Conditional Leniency Applicant

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Monday, September 11, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, the US subsidiary of Thai Union Group, announced it blew the whistle on competitors in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation of the packaged seafood industry. The...more

Federal Judge Declares the Rule of Reason Will Apply in Criminal Antitrust Case and Dismisses the Case as Barred Under the Statute...

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 28, a Utah federal judge held in United States v. Kemp & Associates, et al. that he will apply the rule of reason standard in a criminal prosecution against an heir-locator company for allegedly colluding with its...more

DOJ Prosecution of Heir Location Service Providers Dismissed on Statute of Limitations Grounds

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division’s criminal case against an heir location service provider collapsed when the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled that the government’s Sherman Act § 1 case...more

THE LATEST: Another E-Commerce Retailer Pleads Guilty in DOJ Investigation of Online Promotional Products Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 14, 2017, we reported on an online retailer’s guilty plea for conspiring to fix the prices of “customized promotional products” such as silicone wristbands and lanyards, and the ongoing US Department of Justice...more

DOJ Slaps Wristband Maker With Price-Fixing Fine

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Zaappaaz Inc., a Texas-based online retailer of customizable promotional products, and the company’s president, Azim Makanojiya, have agreed to plead guilty to conspiring...more

Antitrust Suit Against Michigan Hospital Moves Forward As Both Sides Denied Summary Judgment

by Mintz Levin on

A federal district court denied summary judgment motions brought by both sides in the government’s antitrust suit against a Michigan hospital alleging an agreement not to compete in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

Healthcare Law Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Medicaid - Florida's Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act Pre-empted by Federal Law - By Eddie Williams - In Gallardo v. Dudek, Sec. of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, No. 4:16cv116-MW/CAS, 2017 WL...more

Court Upholds DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Carolinas HealthCare System’s Anti-Steering Provisions

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite a recent decision by the Second Circuit suggesting that anti-steering contractual provisions in other industries may not be anticompetitive, DOJ’s lawsuit (United States v. Carolinas HealthCare System) against...more

DOJ and SDNY US Attorney’s Office Indict Three Dealers in Foreign Currency Exchange Spot Market Conspiracy Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A grand jury has indicted three foreign currency exchange spot market dealers for alleged violations of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, in a case brought jointly by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the US Attorney’s Office...more

"DOJ Updates Leniency Program FAQs"

The Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) released updated guidance on the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program, on January 17, 2017. The Leniency Program allows corporations and individuals who self-report their cartel...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

2016 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 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 the...more

Third Circuit Considering Federal Court Damages Immunity for Ocean Shipping Companies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Shipping Act of 1984 grants limited immunity under the antitrust laws to vessel-operating common carriers that enter certain agreements, including price-fixing agreements, so long as the agreements are filed in advance...more

DOJ Toughens Stance on Certain Employment-Related Agreements Between Competitors - New Antitrust Guidance Threatens Criminal...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Oct. 20, 2016, jointly released Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals, cautioning employers about...more

Antitrust Agencies Release Guidance on Employee Hiring and Compensation

by Bracewell LLP on

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jointly issued written guidance for human resource (HR) professionals on how antitrust law applies to employee hiring and...more

DOJ and FTC Set Possible Criminal Liability Trap for HR Professionals

In an October surprise, the DOJ and FTC (collectively, the “Agencies”) released guidance for HR professionals on the application of the antitrust laws to employee hiring and compensation. The Agencies’ October 20, 2016...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Proposed Updates to Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing IP

For the first time in 26 years, the FTC and DOJ (the “Agencies”) have issued proposed updates to the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, last revised in 1995. The intervening quarter century...more

October Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Oct. 3, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions for a writ of certiorari from both sides of the O’Bannon v. NCAA student-athlete pay case. As we previously reported, in August 2014 the U.S. District Court for...more

DOJ & FTC Join Telemedicine Attack on Texas Medical Board

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have sided with Teledoc, Inc., one of the country’s biggest telemedicine companies, in its legal battle with the Texas Medical Board. The two agencies filed a joint...more

Supreme Court to Consider Whether Allegations of Adherence to a Business Association’s Rules Can Trigger Antitrust Liability

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Can participation in a business or trade association and allegiance to its rules trigger antitrust liability for association members under the Sherman Act? Next term, the Supreme Court will hear Osborn v. Visa Inc., the...more

2016 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Cartel enforcement activity promises to remain busy In the coming months and into 2017 Cartel enforcement remains a priority for competition authorities around the world. Global cartel fines totaled more than $6...more

Court Finds Spanish-Language Movies May Be A Proper Antitrust Product Submarket

Can Spanish-language media content constitute a proper antitrust product submarket for purposes of a Sherman Act claim? A federal district court in Houston appears to be the first to address the issue and has signaled that,...more

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

DOJ and North Carolina Challenge Anti-Steering and Tiering Provisions in Managed Care Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division (the “DOJ”)and the State of North Carolina (“NC”) jointly sued, on June 9, 2016, Carolinas HealthCare System (“CHS”), the largest healthcare system in North Carolina, over...more

Contractual Prohibitions on Health Insurers Steering Policyholders to Lower Cost Providers Draws Antitrust Challenge

by Locke Lord LLP on

The United States Department of Justice has filed an action seeking to enjoin a hospital from enforcing provisions in its contracts with health insurers that prohibit the insurers from steering policyholders to lower cost...more

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