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Ashley (Lee) McMahon focuses her practice on antitrust and competition matters. Lee advises clients on complex issues relating to and arising under the antitrust laws in connection with civil litigation, international cartels, and mergers and acquisitions. She assists clients with premerger notification, review and analysis under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act. Lee is experienced in areas of e-discovery, document review and production for investigations before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and state attorneys general office. Read Lee McMahon's full bio.

Third Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant in Titanium Dioxide Price-Fixing Case

By and on Oct 20, 2017
Posted In Private Litigation

WHAT HAPPENED: On October 2, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unsealed its opinion in Valspar Corp. v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 16-1345 2017 WL 4364317 (3d Cir. Sept. 14, 2017) in which the court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for defendant on the...

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THE LATEST: FTC Files Complaint Against Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board

By and on Jun 2, 2017
Posted In FTC Developments

This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board (LREAB). This complaint is the FTC’s first against a state licensing board since it prevailed in the Supreme Court in the decision in NC State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC in 2015. There, the Court held that...

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Third Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Indirect Purchaser Class in Auto Transmission Case, Revives Individual Claims

By and on Feb 17, 2017
Posted In Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance, Private Litigation

On February 9, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a ruling by the US District Court for the District of Delaware that indirect purchasers of Class 8 transmissions did not meet the requirements for class certification. The Third Circuit found that only the individual claims may proceed in the case. The...

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DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program

By , and on Feb 1, 2017
Posted In DOJ Developments

This month, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model Leniency Letters” (FAQs), with releases both before and after the new administration took office. The revisions serve as a signal that the continuity we have seen in previous years from the Antitrust Division...

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Musical Chairs at the FTC—Ohlhausen is New Acting Chairwoman

By on Jan 27, 2017
Posted In FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

This month has seen significant changes in the landscape of federal leadership and the changes have now reached the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On January 13, current Chair Edith Ramirez announced that she would resign from her position effective February 10, 2017. This Wednesday, January 25, the new administration designated Maureen Ohlhausen as Acting Chair....

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DOJ and FTC Release New Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation

By , and on Jan 20, 2017
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments

On Friday, January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the new Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation. These guidelines were jointly developed by the agencies and serve to update the Antitrust Enforcement Guidelines for International Operations that have been in place since April 1995. The new guidelines...

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Criminal Charges for Executive Stemming from Discovery Responses in DOJ Civil Antitrust Litigation

By on Oct 25, 2016
Posted In DOJ Developments

On October 14, 2016, former vice president and director of information technology of Coach USA, Inc. (Coach), Ralph Groen, entered a guilty plea for concealing and attempting to destroy documents and giving false and misleading statements under oath in a deposition during the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s (DOJ) investigation of a joint-venture involving...

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FTC Report on Patent Assertion Entities Recommends Patent Litigation Reform

By and on Oct 14, 2016
Posted In FTC Developments, IP Antitrust

On October 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its report on patent assertion entity (PAE) activity. The report is the result of research that began in September 2014 to address a gap in the agency’s understanding of PAEs, how they operate and how policies can be developed to reduce nuisance litigation. The study focused...

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