Antitrust & Trade Regulation

Today’s businesses face a wide variety of laws and regulations, adopted by both federal and state governments, that restrict business practices viewed as promoting monopolies or otherwise hindering interstate commerce. Businesses are also subject to a range of laws that provide warranty protections to consumers and other purchasers of products. Ruder Ware attorneys advise clients on complying with these state and federal antitrust laws, as well as warranty and product liability matters.

Our services include:

  • Designing and analyzing distribution and pricing programs for compliance with federal and state antitrust laws, including the federal Robinson-Patman Act
  • Developing and reviewing warranties and advertising for compliance with the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act requirements and with federal, state, and local advertising regulations
  • Representing manufacturers, distributors, and dealers in connection with various federal and state franchising requirements as well as distributor termination laws
  • Providing antitrust analysis of mergers and acquisition transactions
  • Preparing and filing required Hart-Scott-Rodino Act pre-merger reports.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

2017 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 13, 2016 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2017, and the reduced rates reflect the continued decrease in gasoline prices. Effective January 1, 2017, the optional standard mileage rates will decrease to 53.5 cents per mile […]

The Importance of Buy-Sell Agreements

Posted on September 14, 2016 by

When business partners form a company and get started in their new venture, optimism and opportunity are usually in full supply. At that point, it is only natural to avoid thinking about some difficult questions about the business. One key, and all too frequent mistake, is the failure to discuss and plan for how a […]

Legally Speaking: A Transforming Legal Marketplace and its Impact on Business

Posted on August 11, 2016 by

Like many industries worldwide, the legal world finds itself in an era of transformation.  After decades of rapid growth, the demand for traditional legal services has slowed enormously since 2008.  A number of factors drive this sea change—two of the most important are the influence of technology and globalization. The Influence of Technology on the Law […]

2017 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on May 2, 2016 by

The Internal Revenue Service on April 29th announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2017.   HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP 2016 – $3,350 2017 – $3,400 Limit on HSA Contributions – Family HDHP 2016 […]

2016 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 21, 2015 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2016, and the reduced rates reflect the decrease in gasoline prices. Effective January 1, 2016, the optional standard mileage rates will decrease to 54 cents per mile for […]

2016 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2016 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 21, 2015 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year. Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2015:  $18,000 2016:  $18,000 $200,000 compensation limit 2015:  $265,000 2016:  $265,000 $160,000 defined benefit limit 2015:  $210,000 […]

2017 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base 2

Posted on October 21, 2015 by

2017 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Some of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased. Qualified Plan Limit  Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit […]

2016 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on May 4, 2015 by

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2016. HSA/HDHP Requirement  Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP  2015 – $3,350  2016 – $3,350 Limit on HSA Contributions – Family HDHP  2015 – $6,650  2016 […]

Bah Humbug: NLRB’s Long-Awaited E-Mail Access Decision Is Sure to Put a Damper on Holiday Cheer for Non-Union Employers

Posted on December 12, 2014 by

On December 11, 2014, a divided [3-2, along partisan lines] National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued its long-awaited decision in Purple Communications, Inc., which many management-side labor relations professionals correctly predicted would fundamentally change how union organizing is conducted at nonunion workplaces [a copy of the Board’s decision is available here]. Through Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. […]

2015 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 10, 2014 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the optional standard mileage rates will increase to 57.5 cents per mile for business transportation, and decrease to 23 cents per mile for […]

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