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Recent cases highlight limitations in price-gouging enforcement

Since the start of the global pandemic, state attorneys general continue to actively pursue price-gouging investigations against individuals and entities, but courts seem to be taking a different, more business-friendly approach. Recent case developments and law amendments highlight the fact that price-gouging laws are subject to limitations. Our team explores these issues in our latest … Continue Reading

A client resource guide to navigating global price gouging laws

With reports of excessive pricing on the rise around the globe, it is critical that companies understand the price gouging rules and regulations and their enforcement in each country where they do business. Our team has compiled a global price gouging resource guide to help our clients navigate the differing approaches taken by governments and regulatory … Continue Reading

U.S. price gouging during COVID-19: A changing landscape

Our U.S. team members recently joined Reed Smith’s Countering the Crisis podcast to provide an overview of the U.S. laws around price gouging in light of COVID-19. The episode addresses various ways to spot and report alleged price gouging, as well as ways to protect against price gouging claims. Our team also shares their thoughts … Continue Reading

What are the risks when increasing prices in times of COVID-19?

When COVID-19 swept the globe and disrupted the production and distribution of goods, it gave way to some companies taking advantage of consumers by significantly increasing prices.  As governments across the world have started taking action against unfair or excessive prices, we examine the global enforcement trends in this space and offer practical advice to … Continue Reading

German FCO limits Facebook’s scope for collecting and combining data

Facebook has a unique positioning in the digital market, which is based entirely on the collecting of user data. Currently, users have only one option: accepting the terms and conditions imposed by Facebook or being excluded from the social network entirely. After almost three years of investigation, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) found that … Continue Reading

EU implements new regulation of trading practices; boosts transparency and fairness

By way of an EU regulation adopted by the Council and European Parliament, the European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of the European Union reached an agreement on February 14, 2019 to implement new rules designed to ensure a fair, transparent and predictable business environment to both end consumers and entrepreneurs using third party online … Continue Reading

DOJ identifies potential antitrust risks associated with “no-poach” agreements

Recently, the DOJ has shined a spotlight on the potential antitrust risks associated with employers’ use of “no-poach” agreements, in which companies agree not to hire or solicit each other’s employees. Interestingly, in February of this year, the DOJ filed Statements of Interest in several civil antitrust cases brought against franchisors, taking the position that … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking cases shape UK collective actions

This year marks four years since significant statutory reforms regenerated the UK’s collective actions arena. Following a rocky start to this new regime, it appears that 2019 may finally bring some clarity to potential claimants navigating the first hurdle of competition class actions: the Collective Proceedings Order application. In this client alert, our London Competition … Continue Reading

German FCO identifies potential consumer rights violations in recent investigation of comparison websites

On 11 April 2019, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) released the final report on its sector inquiry into comparison websites. The FCO’s report identifies areas of concern in various industries, including energy, telecommunications, insurance, finance and travel, which are particularly relevant for consumers. The findings indicate that in some cases consumers are being misled, … Continue Reading
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