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Significant Competition Law Changes In Germany
On March 9, 2017 the German Federal Parliament passed the ninth amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen).
20 Mar 2017
European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation Prohibiting Geo-Blocking By Online Traders And Content Publishers
As part of the European Commission's Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers...
European Union
11 Nov 2016
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
On September 24, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission approved final amendments to the Fred Meyer Guides.
United States
13 Oct 2014
FTC Warns Advertisers To Check The Fine Print In "Operation Full Disclosure"; Shot Across The Bow Could Signal Law Enforcement Actions To Come
The FTC announced that it sent warning letters to more than 60 national advertisers regarding the inadequacy of disclosures in their television and print ads.
United States
8 Oct 2014
Jerked Around? Did The FTC’s "Jerk.Com" Complaint Just Turn API Terms Into Federal Law?
The FTC announcement that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement action.
United States
16 Apr 2014
Halfway To Expedited Merger Filing: China’s MOFCOM Defines "Simple" Cases For Summary Procedure
China’s Ministry of Commerce recently issued the long-anticipated Tentative Provisions on the Applicable Standards Relating to the Summary Procedure for Cases of Concentration of Business Operators.
4 Mar 2014
Changes To FTC Premerger Rules Expand HSR Notification Requirements For Pharmaceutical Patent License Transactions
Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued its final rule (the "New Rule") to the Hart-Scott-Rodino ("HSR") Act Premerger Notification Regulations to clarify and expand the coverage of the HSR Act to patent license and collaboration agreements in the pharmaceuticals industry where the licensee acquires "all commercially significant rights" to the pharmaceutical patents.
United States
14 Nov 2013
Commercial Agreements In Europe: REFIT In Progress
The European Union has a reputation in many quarters for creating red tape and bureaucracy that help to stifle business growth.
European Union
29 Oct 2013
New HSR Filing Thresholds For 2013
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission,announced the adjusted HSR Act notification thresholds for 2013.
United States
22 Jan 2013
New HSR Filing Thresholds for 2011
On January 21, 2011, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the agency charged with administering the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the "HSR Act"), as amended, and its filing requirements, announced the adjusted HSR Act notification thresholds for 2011.
United States
1 Feb 2011
China Issues New Anti-Monopoly Rules and Procedures on Pricing Conduct
On December 29, 2010, China’s National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC"), one of the three agencies responsible for enforcing China’s Anti-Monopoly Law ("AML"), issued new Anti-Price Monopoly regulations ("APM Rules") that clarify the type of price agreements and pricing behavior prohibited by the AML.
20 Jan 2011
Japanese Diet Considers Bill To Amend Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Act
On February 27, 2009, a Bill to extend and amend Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Act (the “AMA”) was submitted to the Japanese Diet.
16 Apr 2009
D.C. Circuit Reverses Federal Trade Commission In Important Standard-Setting Case
Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit reversed the Federal Trade Commission’s opinion in the “Matter of Rambus, Inc.”, in which the FTC had found that Rambus engaged in exclusionary conduct leading it to monopolize markets for computer memory technology.
United States
24 Apr 2008
Lessons From Microsoft: What The Judgment Means For Companies Doing Business In Europe
The September 17th judgment of the Court of First Instance in the Microsoft case represents a resounding victory for the Commission and a serious defeat for Microsoft. This note examines the background to the judgment, its impact on the EU competition law proceeding against Microsoft, and more generally on enforcement in Article 82 abuse of dominance cases, especially in the high tech sector.
United States
27 Sep 2007
Hedge Fund Manager Fined For Violating HSR Act By Exercising Stock Options
On May 21, 2007, the Justice Department (following a request by the Federal Trade Commission) charged a hedge fund manager with failing to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification and waiting period requirements before exercising options to acquire stock in Motient Corp.
United States
1 Jun 2007
FTC Releases 2007 HSR Act Thresholds
On January 16, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission, the agency charged with administering the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and its filing requirements, approved the new annual HSR Act notification thresholds.
United States
18 Jan 2007
European Commission Adopts New Leniency Framework
On December 7, 2006, the European Commission adopted a new Leniency Notice that sets out the framework for granting immunity and reducing fines in cartel cases. The new notice replaces the Commission’s 2002 notice.
European Union
19 Dec 2006
FTC Restricts Use Of Prerecorded Telephone Messages
In an order published October 4, 2006, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) announced its intention to begin aggressive enforcement action against telemarketers that deliver prerecorded voice messages, even where the called party has an established business relationship (EBR) with the caller.
United States
21 Nov 2006
Fall 2006 Supreme Court Preview: Antitrust
For the upcoming fall term, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear two significant antitrust cases, Bell Atlantic v. Twombley, Case No. 05-1126 (2006), and Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Ross-Simmons Hardwood Lumber Co., Case No. 05-381 (2006). There is also a chance that the Court may grant certiorari in another important antitrust case in the coming months — Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., Case No. 06A179 (2006).
United States
10 Oct 2006
Supreme Court Strikes Down Presumption of Illegality for Tying Arrangements Involving a Patented Product
Today’s unanimous Supreme Court opinion in Illinois Tool Works, Inc. v. Independent Ink, Inc.(No. 04-1329) holds that a patent does not necessarily confer market power upon the patentee, and that in cases involving a tying arrangement, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant has market power in the alleged tying product. Today’s decision rejects the previously settled presumption that a tying arrangement involving a patented product is per se illegal and aligns federal antitrust law with the
United States
2 Mar 2006
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