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D.C. Government Continues Fight Over Alleged Gas Price Fixing in the District of Columbia

June 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

On May 6, 2014, a gasoline price-fixing lawsuit brought by District of Columbia Attorney General Irving Nathan was thrown out of court by Judge Craig Iscoe, ruling the District of Columbia has no grounds to bring such an action. The District of Columbia’s lawsuit challenged the exclusive dealing contracts (the […]

Intel Loses Appeal in Europe

June 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

On June 12, 2014, the European General Court handed down a ruling that rejected Intel’s appeal to have its $1.44 billion fine overturned. In 2009, the European Commission (“EC”) concluded that Intel engaged in anticompetitive practices.  According to the EC, Intel’s alleged anticompetitive behavior included giving rebates to PC makers […]

Donald Sterling to Continue Antitrust Lawsuit Against NBA and Commissioner

June 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

On May 30, 2014, the lawyers representing Donald Sterling, the controversial ex-owner of the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) franchise, the Los Angeles Clippers (“Clippers”), filed a complaint before the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California to fight an order by the NBA that would force him to […]

Ardent Mills Merger Completes After Finding Upfront Buyer for Divestiture

June 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

On May 20, 2014, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it will require Ardent Mills, a proposed merger of the wheat milling operations of the companies ConAgra, Cargill, and CHS, to divest four competitively significant mills to an upfront buyer before clearing the deal for approval. These four mills […]

Russia’s FAS Lowers Fines on Salmon Cartel Operator

June 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

On May 29, 2014, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (“FAS”), the country’s top antitrust regulator, has lowered the fine levied on Severnoi Company for its part in a cartel operating in the Norwegian salmon supply sector, according to Russian newspaper Kommersant. The fine was lowered after SK Retail, part of the […]

FTC Patent Rules Overcome PhRMA’s Challenge

June 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

On May 30, 2014, the federal district court of the District of Columbia, Judge Beryl Howell upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) newly adopted HSR rule governing reporting of transfers of certain exclusive patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry. The rule was adopted in November of 2013.  The Pharmaceutical Research […]

Japanese Auto Part Executive Indicted on Cartel Conspiracy and Destruction of Evidence

June 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

On May 27, 2014, Hitoshi Hirano, an executive of car heater panel manufacturer Tokai Rika, was indicted to fix the price of auto parts with other Japanese parts manufacturers. In addition, Mr. Hirano was charged with persuading company employees to destroy records that would reveal the conspiracy. According to the […]

FTC Patent Report Rules Overcome Summary Judgment

June 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

On May 30, 2014, Judge Beryl Howell of the federal district court of the District of Columbia upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) newly adopted HSR rule governing reporting of transfers of certain exclusive patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry. The rule was adopted in November of 2013.  The Pharmaceutical […]

FTC Approves Combination of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank Without Conditions

May 31, 2014 at 11:37 pm

On May 30, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved the merger between Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, the two largest men’s wear companies without any conditions. On January 28, 2014, the FTC issued a second to request to review the transaction.  After approximately four months, the FTC determined […]

Brazil Antitrust Agency Slap Record Fine on Cement & Concrete Cartel

May 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

On May 29, 2014, Brazilian antitrust agency, Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (“CADE”) maintained a record fine of 3.1 billion Brazilian reais (around $1.4 billion), on top of mandatory asset divestitures, against the members of a long-running cement and concrete cartel that has allegedly inflated the price of cement and […]