Emerging Trends and Developments in Antitrust Enforcement: Addressing Critical Issues
With the growing competition in the marketplace and the increasing number of antitrust claims, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continue to intensify its crackdown on anticompetitive conduct across all industries. The FTC recently announced the creation of an internal task force that would monitor and investigate potential antitrust violations arising in the technology markets. Moreover, the DOJ's amicus program initiatives continue to expand as it intends to promote fair and accurate interpretations of antitrust laws in courts.
The current COVID-19 pandemic further complicates the myriad of critical issues and compliance hurdles companies are already facing. Thus, businesses and their counsel must keep themselves abreast of emerging developments. They should be proactive in reassessing their existing practices to ensure compliance and avoid legal liabilities.
Join a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group as they present the audience with an in-depth discussion of the emerging trends and developments in antitrust law. Speakers will dig deeper as they analyze critical issues and offer significant compliance tips and strategies in this evolving legal climate.
This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:
- Antitrust and Consumer Protection Enforcement in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Emerging Challenges
- How to Manage Risks
- Best Compliance Practices
- What Lies Ahead
Todd Seelman, Managing Partner | Chair, Antitrust & Competition, and Government Investigations Practices
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Trends in US Antitrust and Consumer Protection Enforcement in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic
- The pandemic has resulted in an economic shock impacting all facets of business, labor, the legal system, and antitrust / consumer protection enforcement
- Legitimate relaxation of antitrust / consumer protection enforcement is in the public interest
- There are limits (of course) - continued enforcement of antitrust / consumer protection laws is necessary
- The rise in unintended consequences – a new breed
- of antitrust / consumer protection violations
Dee Bansal, Partner
Federal Antitrust Agencies Enforcement Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- FTC and DOJ guidance on competitor collaborations and information sharing
- Enforcement activity around price gouging
- Increased scrutiny and guidance re “No poach” agreements
- Increased criminal enforcement
Fabian Leimgruber LL.M, Partner
- COVID-19’s impact in Europe, in particular to trends in the consumer protection enforcement
- Reverse Payment Settlements in 2019 and 2020: A global pattern?
- US approaches and trends
- Confirmation of Approach by EU Court of Justice?: Generics (UK) and others v CMA, January 30, 2020
- The generic manufacturers and competitors’ dilemma
- The antitrust/competition law violation
- The aftereffects of the pricing mechanisms in the pharmaceutical sector
- Reverse Payment Settlements in the global picture: A comparison
Who Should Attend:
- Antitrust Lawyers
- Corporate Counsel
- Compliance and Risk Officers
- Top Level Executives
Dr. Fabian Leimgruber is a lawyer and senior patent attorney, who has earned an international reputation as litigator and prosecutor mainly in the fields of competition and antitrust law, software and business methods patenting, pharmaceutical and life science protection. He practices in an advisory and forensic role as a licensed attorney before various courts on all levels, the Opposition and Appeal Boards of the European Patent Office, as well as national and international arbitration courts.
Juris Doctor in comparative competition and antitrust law. Specialized expertise in (i) competition/antitrust law, pharmaceutical industry and reverse payment settlement agreements, (ii) protection of software, business model and artificial intelligence, (iii) information technology (IT), electrical engineering and telecommunications, (iv) nano-technology and bio-chemistry.
Dr. Fabian Leimgruber is a lawyer and senior patent attorney, who has earned an international reputation as litigator and prosecutor …
Todd Seelman is the Managing Partner of the Lewis Brisbois Denver and Colorado Springs offices, as well as the Co-Managing Partner of its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Seelman is the firm’s chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice and co-chair of the Government Investigations Practice. He focuses his practice on all facets of U.S. federal and state antitrust law, including: horizontal restraints (price-fixing, supply restrictions, group boycotts, bid rigging, competitor collaborations); vertical restraints (resale pricing programs; advertised pricing programs (MSRP, MAP, and Colgate policies); price discrimination; dealer termination); mergers and government reporting; and monopolization. Mr. Seelman is also an Adjunct Professor of Antitrust Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.
Todd Seelman is the Managing Partner of the Lewis Brisbois Denver and Colorado Springs offices, as well as the Co-Managing …
Dee Bansal is a partner in Cooley’s antitrust and competition practice group. Her practice focuses on defending clients in high-stakes antitrust litigation, including complex class actions, and in investigations brought by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and State AGs related to claims of monopolization, restraint of trade and unfair and deceptive practices. She also defends corporate clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions and provides antitrust counseling. Dee has been selected as Rising Star in Antitrust Litigation in Washington, DC by Super Lawyers (2017 – 2019).
Dee Bansal is a partner in Cooley’s antitrust and competition practice group. Her practice focuses on defending clients in high-stakes …
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The firm’s affinity to competition/antitrust and IP law is enhanced by its location in Basel, home to Europe’s biggest life sciences and pharmaceutical cluster. In order to handle and supervise international legal transactions, the firm provides comprehensive expertise in litigation and client counselling work across all fields of competition, antitrust and intellectual property law in the various jurisdictions of the main markets worldwide, as the US, European and Asian-Pacific market.
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Cooley's lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law. Cooley has 1,100 lawyers across 16 offices in the United States, Asia and Europe. Cooley's antitrust & competition team is recognized as one of the top-tier practices in the area of antitrust by Legal 500, Chambers USA and Global Competition Review. We handle all aspects of antitrust and competition law matters – including litigation, counseling, agency representation and arbitration services – for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as growing companies.