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Power Conference Commissioners Discuss Legal Threats

April 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

On March 17, 2014, sports labor attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, filed suit against the NCAA and five power conferences, alleging that capping player compensation at the cost of a scholarship is an antitrust violation.  The lawsuit argues that limiting player compensation amounts to “price-fixing,” and should be considered a violation of […]

UK Competition Authority Launches Advisory Tool on Vertical and Horizontal Agreements

April 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Last week, the newly-established UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”), its main anti-trust and consumer protection agency, announced an advisory process to provide guidance to businesses on the application of competition law to potential horizontal and vertical agreements raising novel or unresolved issues has been put into practice. The “Short-form Opinion” (“SfO”) […]

China Ease M&A Rules in Insurance

April 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

On April 8, 2014, China’s Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC”) announced that it is relaxing merger and acquisition (M&A) rules in the insurance industry. Specifically, CIRC scrapped the rule that would previously limit insurers from buying more than one peer that competes in the same market segment. This move has been […]

The Affordable Care Act Does Not Conflict With FTC

March 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

A recently-appointed Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) official has reportedly responded to criticism that the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is in conflict with federal antitrust law, writing a letter to the New York Times earlier this week to defend the interaction of the legislative areas. Martin Gaynor of the FTC Bureau […]

MOFCOM Steps Up Enforcement of Merger Report Rules

March 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm

On March 20, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued a statement on violations of rules on reporting mergers. The statement announced that starting on May 1, 2014, MOFCOM will publish on its website a list of all offenders who fail to report mergers in violation of the Anti-Monopoly […]

MOFCOM Update Draft Rules on Simplified Merger Review Procedure

March 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

On March 17, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) sought comments from antitrust lawyers on draft rules for its long-awaited simplified merger review procedure in a meeting behind close doors. Attendees reported that MOFCOM showed a much simplified notification form, which could significantly reduce the burden of proof companies […]

FTC Announces Enforcement Efforts of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

March 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

On March 5, 2014, the FTC announced that it has stepped up its enforcement efforts of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. According to FTC’s press release, while its debt collection efforts in the past have focused on research and consumer education, the Commission has focused on law enforcement efforts […]

MOFCOM Releases Data on Merger Review Cases

February 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm

On February 27, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) announced that it cleared 207 merger review cases in the administrative year of 2013, an increase of 26% over the numbers in 2012. During the same time period, the number of merger filings increased by 8%, while the number of accepted cases […]

MOFCOM to Focus on Anti-Monopoly Legislation

February 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

On February 26, the Director of the Anti-Monopoly Bureau at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”), Ming Shang, said in a press release that MOFCOM will focus on anti-monopoly legislation this year. Shang said one task facing MOFCOM would be the formulation of support measures to the “Interim Rule Regarding […]

Korea Fair-Trade Commission Clears Samsung in Row with Apple

February 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

On February 26, 2014, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) cleared Samsung with no penalty of an accusation made by rival Apple that it has abused its dominance, according a commission press release. Apple had alleged that Samsung’s prolific litigation against Apple over patents constituted an abuse of dominance. But the […]