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Antitrust Insights and Analysis

Competitors Engaged In Cooperative Processes Find They Face Competing Approaches By Southern District Of New York Judges Weighing Antitrust Liability

Posted  03/30/16
By Robert M. Cross The scope of antitrust liability for competitors engaged in cooperative processes—such as setting benchmark interest rates—became murkier this week with a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York holding that manipulation of such a cooperative process could give rise to a viable price-fixing claim. On Monday, Judge Jesse M. Furman held in Alaska Electrical...

European Union Begins Looking at Comprehensive Regulation of Virtual Currencies

Posted  03/2/16
A View from Constantine Cannon’s London Office By Yulia Tosheva, Richard Pike and James Ashe-Taylor The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) took a tentative first step toward the regulation of virtual currencies regulation of virtual currencies last week with the issuance of a draft report on virtual currencies. The regulation of virtual currencies is already...

EU Telegraphs It Is Probing Whether Western Union Colluded To Drive Rivals Out Of Money-Transfer Market

Posted  02/26/16
A View from Constantine Cannon’s London Office By Richard Pike and Yulia Tosheva The European Commission has reportedly launched a preliminary antitrust investigation into possible collusion by Western Union in the money remittance market. According to sources, the European Commission is investigating whether exclusivity contracts signed between money-transfer provider Western Union and retail outlets...

Google Wins Court Battle Against StreetMap In The UK

Posted  02/17/16
A View from Constantine Cannon’s London Office By Yulia Tosheva and Richard Pike Google won a big victory Friday in the High Court of England and Wales, which ruled that Google did not abuse its dominant position to the detriment of the now-defunct UK online mapping provider, Streetmap.

The Court’s ruling against Streetmap’s claim for damages from Google for abuse of a dominant position (or...

UK Antitrust Watchdog Slaps $65 Million Fine On Pharma Companies In UK’s First Pay-For-Delay Case

Posted  02/16/16
A View from Constantine Cannon’s London Office By Irene Fraile and Richard Pike On 12 February 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”), UK’s competition regulator, fined a number of pharma companies for anti-competitive conduct and agreements in relation to the supply of paroxetine (an anti-depressant drug). The anti-competitive conduct dates back to 2001, when pharmaceutical producers...

Driverless Cars Will Have To Navigate Antitrust Curves

Posted  12/16/15
By Daniel Vitelli As noted by Boies Schiller partner Scott Gant in his recent Forbes article, not only is the much-anticipated arrival of driverless cars on the roads raising thorny questions regarding their safety, efficiency and ethical use, but antitrust issues are hitching a ride as well. While suppliers and consumers work together to navigate the technological and social roadblocks, potential antitrust...

FTC Moves To Break Up Staples Office Depot Merger

Posted  12/8/15
By Allison F. Sheedy The Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint yesterday seeking to block Staples, Inc.’s proposed $6.3 billion acquisition of rival Office Depot, Inc., claiming the merger would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide in the market for “consumable” office supplies sold to large business customers for their own use. The FTC’s action...

NCCA Gains Ground Against Student-Athletes In Appeal Of O’Bannon Case

Posted  10/7/15
By David Scupp Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the NCAA may restrict colleges from compensating student-athletes beyond the cost of attendance, handing the NCAA a partial victory in its continuing courtroom fight against athletes’ rights. The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part Judge Claudia Wilken’s landmark holding in O’Bannon v. National...
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