Antitrust Risks in E-Commerce Pricing and Distribution
Avoiding RPM, MFN and IMAP Pitfalls With Online Sales
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will examine the government’s current enforcement activity regarding the pricing and distribution practices of retailers, distributors and manufacturers engaged in e-commerce, as well as recent private litigation. The panel will outline best practices for identifying unlawful vertical restraints and minimizing antitrust liability exposure.
- RPM concerns
- MFN developments
- IMAP restrictions
- Robinson-Patman and other traditional distribution considerations
- Best practices for avoiding antitrust violations
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What are the challenges for online sellers in distinguishing between advertised prices and selling prices?
- What is the e-commerce impact of the different state law approaches to the issue of whether minimum RPMs are illegal per se?
- What steps can companies take to minimize antitrust exposure stemming from Internet distribution?
Amanda Norris Ames
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Ms. Ames focuses her practice on antitrust law, financial services litigation, and complex civil litigation. She... | Read More
Ms. Ames focuses her practice on antitrust law, financial services litigation, and complex civil litigation. She counsels clients with antitrust and distribution issues, including developing strategies for avoiding antitrust and distribution problems, navigating antitrust issues in M&A, and complying with state and federal antitrust, franchise, and distribution laws.Close
James F. Herbison
Winston & Strawn
Mr. Herbison concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on civil and criminal... | Read More
Mr. Herbison concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on civil and criminal antitrust matters. He has represented clients in matters ranging from price fixing and merger enforcement to antitrust issues related to patents. Mr. Herbison has also represented trade associations and assisted in ensuring their compliance with antitrust laws.Close
Jason C. Hicks
Womble Bond Dickinson
Mr. Hicks has experience litigating cases and counseling clients in a wide variety of matters involving federal and... | Read More
Mr. Hicks has experience litigating cases and counseling clients in a wide variety of matters involving federal and state antitrust laws, franchise and dealer protection statutes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, advertising laws and regulations, industry specific trade regulations, contract disputes, business torts, and constitutional law.Close