Unfair Competition Law
Unfair Competition Law - US
- ALI - Restatements of the Law - Unfair Competition
This project, which addresses the right to compete, deceptive marketing, the law of trademarks, and related concepts of intangible property and correlative rights, marked the first time the Institute had addressed the subject of unfair competition since publication of the original Restatement of Torts more than half a century earlier. Together these subjects were to have been included in the Second Restatement of Torts, as they were in the first Restatement. See Restatement Second, Torts, Vol. 4, Introduction, vii-viii. It was eventually decided, however, that they should be addressed in a separate project.
- Business Torts - Commercial Disparagement
Since 1990, commercial torts against business have increased more than personal torts against individuals, and small business bears a disproportionate amount of liability costs. It is the small business — perhaps a family-run business, a tech startup, or a local business employing a handful of people — that bears the biggest burden.
- Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Competition
The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition champions the rights of American consumers by promoting and protecting free and vigorous competition. The Bureau: * reviews mergers and acquisitions, and challenges those that would likely lead to higher prices, fewer choices, or less innovation; * seeks out and challenges anticompetitive conduct in the marketplace, including monopolization and agreements between competitors; * promotes competition in industries where consumer impact is high, such as health care, real estate, oil & gas, technology, and consumer goods; * provides information, and holds conferences and workshops, for consumers, businesses, and policy makers on competition issues and market analysis.
- Federal Trade Commission Act - Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices
The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") is an independent agency established by Congress in 1914 to enforce the Federal Trade Commission Act ("FTC Act").(1) Section 5 of the FTC Act prohibits "unfair methods of competition," and was amended in 1938 also to prohibit "unfair or deceptive acts or practices."(2) The Commission enforces a variety of other antitrust and consumer protection laws as well.
- Federal Trade Commission's Investigative and Law Enforcement Authority
The Commission's specific investigative powers are defined in Sections 6, 9, and 20 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. Secs. 46, 49, and 57b-1, which authorize investigations and various forms of compulsory process. In addition, the premerger notification provisions in Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 18a, prohibit consummation of covered acquisitions until the requested information is provided, thus effectively enabling the Commission to obtain information regarding such acquisitions.
- Noerr-Pennington Doctrine - Overview
Under the Noerr-Pennington doctrine, private entities are immune from liability under the antitrust laws for attempts to influence the passage or enforcement of laws, even if the laws they advocate for would have anti-competitive effects.
- Unfair Competition - Definition
Unfair competition in a general sense means that the competitors compete on unequal terms, because favourable or disadvantageous conditions are applied to some competitors but not to others; or that the actions of some competitors actively harm the position of others with respect to their ability to compete on equal and fair terms. It contrasts with fair competition, in which the same rules and conditions are applied to all participants, and the competitive action of some does not harm the ability of others to compete. Often, unfair competition means that the gains of some participants are conditional on the losses of others, where the gains are made in ways which are illegitimate or unjust.
- Unfair Methods of Competition
Unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are hereby declared unlawful.
- USDOJ - Unfair Competition - FTC Act - Sherman Act - Clayton Act
Federal antitrust laws apply to virtually all industries and to every level of business, including manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and marketing. They prohibit a variety of practices that restrain trade, such as price-fixing conspiracies, corporate mergers likely to reduce the competitive vigor of particular markets, and predatory acts designed to achieve or maintain monopoly power.
Organizations Related to Unfair Competition Law
- American Antitrust Institute (AAI)
The American Antitrust Institute is an independent Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase the role of competition, assure that competition works in the interests of consumers, and challenge abuses of concentrated economic power in the American and world economy. We have a centrist legal-economic ideology and promote the vigorous use of antitrust as a vital component of national and international competition policy.
- International League of Competition Law (LIDC)
The International League of Competition Law (LIDC) is a long standing association which focuses on the study of competition (antitrust) law, intellectual property law and unfair competition, both at the national and international levels. It promotes mainly the principles of fairness and justice in competitive trade.
Articles on Hg.org Related to Unfair Competition Law
- EU Commission Follows through and Fines MicrosoftFor over a year, Microsoft has been under the watch of the EU Commission regarding a perceived breach in EU competition law due to their “Windows” operating system being shipped with a pre-loaded internet browser.
- Google Survives US Investigations – EU Investigates FurtherThe software giant Google has recently come under scrutiny from both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Union Commission for suspected anti-competitive behaviour. It was initially being suspected that Google was doctoring search results in a manner that would prejudice its competitors.
- European Court Holds that Companies are Now Liable for Joint Ventures They ControlThe concept of a joint venture has been a difficult issue for legislators and legal professionals alike since time immemorial. Every time a joint venture is created a great variety of issues arise, primarily with respect to the way that such a joint venture will affect the market from the perspective of competition.
- Video Deposition Formats - What They Are and How to ChooseThis article was written to help explain the various video formats available to attorneys after conducting a video deposition.
- Approval of M&A Transactions by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce - 2012 Annual ReviewThis article reviews the activities of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Anti-Monopoly Bureau, in reviewing applications for approval for M&A transactions under the PRC Anti-Monopoly Law, over the last 12 months.
- European Commission Re-Ignites the Browser WarsIn 2009, Microsoft made an agreement with the European Commission, in its capacity as the pan-European antitrust watchdog that it would offer the opportunity to users to choose which web browser to use on its Windows 7 operating system. The discussions that brought about this agreement were labelled as the “Browser Wars”.
- The Advantages of Trading Through a Limited Company in the BahamasIs your business trading in the most cost effective way and is your legal status adequately protected? Choosing the best legal ‘vehicle’ through which to operate your business is perhaps the most important decision you can make as a business owner – particularly with the advice of an expert companies lawyer.
- What to Look for in a Video DepositionThis article is an attempt to illuminate both the rudimentary and nuanced strategies required to consistently produce high-quality video depositions. I often worry that attorneys who order them are unaware that the footage for which they have paid dearly, is of exceedingly poor production value. The bottom line: all video depositions should look nearly identical (except for the witness, of course); it is the means by which that end is achieved that separates excellence from inferiority.
- Hong Kong and Chile Sign Free Trade AgreementSeptember 7, 2012. On September 7th, 2012, Hong Kong and Chile signed a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (the Agreement), marking a new milestone in the furtherance of trade and investment co-operation between the two economies. The Agreement will enter into force on a date to be mutually determined by Hong Kong and Chile after completing necessary domestic procedures.
- On the Way to the New Height: Walmart’s Acquisition of Yihaodian Cleared on Conditions in ChinaThe global retailing giant Walmart announced in February that it would further acquire 33.6% interest in Yihaodian, a leading B2C e-commerce company in China. Before the investment, Walmart already held 17.7% interest in Yihaodian. The new deal is subject to government regulatory approvals, including antitrust approval from the Chinese anti-monopoly regulator, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”). On 13 August 2012, Walmart announced that it has received conditional approval from MOFCOM.
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