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Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices

antitrust and unfair business practices special research report Photo by John Lombardo represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. His practice focuses on antitrust, consumer protection, unfair competition (including Business and Professions Code section 17200), and trade secret disputes. He has extensive experience in defending class and representative suits. His clients include consumer and pharmaceutical product manufacturers, a major television programming ...
make illegal certain practices deemed to hurt businesses or consumers or both, or generally to violate standards of ethical behavior. Government agencies known as competition regulators , along with private litigants, apply the antitrust and consumer protection laws in hopes of preventing market failure . The term antitrust was originally formulated to combat "business trusts ", now more commonly known as cartels . Other countries use the term "competition law". Many countries including most of the Western world have antitrust laws of some form; for example the European Union has provisions under the Treaty ...
pauline fairbanks v. superior court of los angeles county
Enacted in 1970, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (Civ. Code, § 1750 et seq.) prohibits specified unfair and deceptive acts and practices in a “transaction intended to result or which results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” (id., § 1770, subd. (a)). The question we decide here is whether life insurance is a service subject to the act’s remedial provisions. We conclude that it is not. As this is consistent with the Court of Appeal’s decision, we affirm its judgment. I In November 2003, plaintiff Pauline Fairbanks filed a complaint in superior court, on behalf on herself and all others similarly ... market research, surveys and trends
Antitrust News: The Credit Wars Continue
Best Buy Co. is suing Visa and Mastercard for allegedly violating antitrust and unfair business practices laws regarding plastic card payments. Best Buy contends Visa and MasterCard's rules unfairly force it to accept their check cards and prepaid cards if it also chooses to accept their credit cards. The company claims that system forces it to pay high prices for taking check and prepaid cards and harms competition. Visa and MasterCard have agreed to pay $3 billion to thousands of retailers to settle a 1996 lawsuit that accused the credit card companies of abusing their market power in charging high merchant fees. But Best ... market research, surveys and trends


Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy has filed numerous antitrust actions recently based on allegations of price fixing in the international electronics field (Liquid Crystal Displays, high definition televisions and monitors, and other devices). If you believe you have been the victim of price fixing, you may contact us at TAKE ACTION to explore the legal issues. Examples of our antitrust litigation include: Municipal Derivative Investment Antitrust Litigation Along with co-counsel, CPM represents Los Angeles and numerous public entities who purchased Guaranteed Investment Contracts (“GICs”) and other derivative investments. GICs and ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Zurich Financial Services Sucks
I created this site due to my disgust with Zurich which settled lawsuits with US states on bid-rigging. Zurich manages Farmers Insurance Group and they are doing a terrible job of it. Zurich Financial Services is an insurance-based financial services provider that focuses on North America and Europe, but also has operations in Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Zurich is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich has offices in more than 50 countries. The Company operates in five segments: General Insurance, Life Insurance, Farmers Management Services, Other Businesses and Corporate Center. The Company's core business is ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Lawmakers Attack Livestock Regulations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed regulations in June that the agency thought would restore competition and fairness to the livestock markets. This week House members from both political parties lambasted the proposal. Rep. David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, is chair of the House committee that attacked USDA regulations aimed at restoring competition to livestock markets. Republicans and Democrats alike attacked the proposed regulations. Here is Rep. Scott with President Barack Obama. Republicans and Democrats showed an uncommon ability to set aside partisanship as members of both parties pummeled and piled on rules ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Google's 2Q lobbying tab rises 41 pct to $1.34M
Google Inc. poured another $1.34 million into lobbying U.S. lawmakers and regulators during the second quarter, further underscoring the company's commitment to political wrangling as it tries to build upon its dominance of Internet search. The lobbing bill detailed in a filing late Tuesday represented a 41 percent increase from the same time last year. It's the fourth straight quarter in which Google's lobbying tab has topped $1 million. Countering recent trends, Google's lobbying activities in the second quarter cost slightly less than the first quarter. Although the sequential decline was just $40,000, it ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Philip E. Cutler
PROTECTION, ANTITRUST AND UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES LAW. DEVELOPMENTS, 2nd ed., WSBA, 1988 and 1993 supplements; ANTITRUST. EVIDENCE HANDBOOK, American Bar ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Antitrust Laws: A Brief History
unfair business practices—and gave the. Federal Trade Commission the authority ... core federal antitrust laws. The agencies talk ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
The FTC Act
A commission is created and established, to be known as the Federal Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as the Commission), which shall be composed of five Commissioners, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Not more than three of the Commissioners shall be members of the same political party. The first Commissioners appointed shall continue in office for terms of three, four, five, six, and seven years, respectively, from September 26, 1914, the term of each to be designated by the President, but their successors shall be appointed for terms of seven years, ...
WikiAnswers - What is the sherman antitrust act
Federal legislation passed in 1890 prohibiting "monopolies or attempts to monopolize" and "contracts, combinations, or conspiracies in restraint of trade" in interstate and foreign commerce. The major purpose of the Sherman Antitrust Act was to prohibit monopolies and sustain competition so as to protect companies from each other and to protect consumers from unfair business practices. The act was supplemented by the clayton antitrust act in 1914. Both acts are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Attorney General's office. (source: First ...
What were the origins, purposes and effectiveness of the ...
The Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 (24 Stat. 379 [49 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.]) stands as a watershed law in the history of the federal regulation of business. Originally designed to prevent unfair business practices in the railroad industry, the act shifted responsibility for the regulation of economic affairs from the states to the national government. Among its many provisions, the act established the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). The act has been amended over the years to embrace new and different forms of interstate transportation, including pipelines, water transportation, and motor vehicle transportation. ...