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HTMLData Privacy Alert: Prepare for Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 12, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014
In the aftermath of disclosures of the extent of U.S. government monitoring of private communications, the European Commission is currently considering changes in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework. The EU and its member states already have some of the strictest data privacy laws in the world. Under...

 

HTMLFederal Government Targets Privacy Violations by Social Media Companies
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 5, 2012, previously published on June 29, 2012
Continuing its focus on privacy issues, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement earlier this month with social networking service, Myspace, over charges that it misrepresented its protection of users' personal information. The FTC alleged that Myspace allowed advertisers to access...

 

HTMLU.S. Film Studios Agree to Modify "Most Favored Nations" Clause in EU Contracts to Encourage Financing and Installation of Digital Equipment
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 16, 2011, previously published on March 11, 2011
On March 4, 2011, the European Commission (“EC”) announced that it had closed an investigation into whether the contracts of several major U.S. film studios for the financing and installation of digital projection equipment in European cinemas infringed the EU's competition law banning...

 

HTMLGovernment Targets Agriculture Industry for Increased Antitrust Scrutiny
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 16, 2011, previously published on March 11, 2011
During the last of five joint public workshops with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on December 8, 2010 ¿ the first ever to examine competition issues affecting the agriculture industry - the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust...

 

HTMLExtradited Foreign Executive Jailed for Obstructing DOJ Antitrust Investigation
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 29, 2010, previously published on December 28, 2010
On March 23, 2010, for the first time in the history of the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), a foreign defendant, Mr. Ian Norris, a U.K. citizen and the retired CEO of the Morgan Crucible Company plc, was extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States to...

 

HTMLEC Investigates Google for Potential Abuse of Dominance in Online Search Market
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 8, 2010, previously published on December 6, 2010
In July 2010, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) responsible for competition policy, Mr. Joaquin Almunia, referred to the essential role that competition policy has in ensuring “market access and opportunities to all efficient players capable of delivering new value” in...

 

HTMLHealthcare Sector Comes Under Increased Government Antitrust Scrutiny
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2010, previously published on November 9, 2010
In May 2010, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Christine Varney, referred to the essential role that antitrust has in preserving and protecting competition, which together with regulation, can be harnessed to expand coverage, improve...

 

HTMLThe Long Arm of the Crown: New U.K. Anti-Bribery Law Reaches Private Sector Bribery and Creates Offence of "Failing to Prevent" Bribery
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2010, previously published on June 14, 2010
The U.K. Bribery Act 2010 (the “Act”) represents a fundamental reform of the U.K. anti-bribery regime and greatly expands the potential legal exposure of companies and individuals that do business, including practice of a trade or profession, in the U.K. For example, it criminalizes...

 

HTMLEC Declines to Follow DOJ's Lead, Opens In-Depth Investigation of Oracle-Sun Deal
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 14, 2009, previously published on October 12, 2009
On September 3, 2009, the European Commission ("EC") announced that it was opening an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Oracle Corporation's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems. This announcement came despite the Department of Justice's ("DOJ")...

 

HTMLEC Launches Consultation on Distribution Rules
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2009, previously published on September 3, 2009
On July 28, 2009, the European Commission (EC) launched a formal consultation on the EU rules applicable to distribution agreements. The current key legislation expires on May 31, 2010, and the intention appears to be to adopt the new rules before the end of this year. These proposals are important...

 


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