Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 60 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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Google settled a dispute about rejecting ads with the French Competition Authority including a 3 month notification period for the future when rejecting ads. Navx bought ads from Google to help drivers avoid speeding tickets by providing “online maps pinpointing the location of radar and camera systems the authorities use to crack down on speeding on French roads.” Because radar detectors are illegal in France Google rejected Navx’s ads, and Navx filed a lawsuit in court for 7 million euros ($9.7 million) alleging damages. As part of the settlement Google “pledged to overhaul its rules and procedures for blocking certain advertisers from buying “sponsored links.” This good news since Google is adopting these new ad policies worldwide.
Google Accounts for 90% French Searches
Even better news for Google was that even though Google accounts for 90% of all online searches in France the French Competition Authority made “no finding of dominance or monopoly abuse.” However this could change and Google should be mindful of abusing its success. If Google accounted for 90% of the searches in the US it’s doubtful that the US government (FTC or Justice Department) would find no dominance or monopoly abuse. After all, the Justice Department pursued antitrust claims against Microsoft in the 1990s because of Microsoft’s market power and tying Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system (my 4th Big Bang of the Internet). There have been rumblings about Google’s potential anti competitive behavior since President Obama took office.
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