Competition

  • August 21, 2014

    Mayor Cleared Of Bribery Sues Fla. Gov. For Reinstatement

    Former Miami Lakes, Florida, Mayor Michael A. Pizzi, recently acquitted of federal bribery and extortion charges, asked the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to force the hand of Gov. Rick Scott, who he claims is “playing politics” by refusing to revoke his suspension from office.

  • August 21, 2014

    8th Circ. Says Grain Tax Fraudster Deserved Longer Sentence

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday upheld a 46-month sentence against a man convicted of defrauding a federally licensed grain operator in Iowa through bribery, threats and deception, saying lies he told during his prosecution warrant the enhanced penalty.

  • August 21, 2014

    Etihad's Darwin Bid Needs Work, Swiss Regulator Says

    Swiss regulators have given Etihad Airways and Darwin Airline until Sept. 30 to change an agreement for Etihad to buy a third of Switzerland’s regional airline, warning that the current plan is not eligible for approval because it cedes too much control to Etihad.

  • August 21, 2014

    Antitrust Setbacks Won't Deter Buyers Amid M&A Boom

    Dollar General suffered a blow on Thursday when Family Dollar Stores Inc. rejected its $9 billion bid amid concerns about an antitrust review, but the wannabe buyer's willingness to stage the high-stakes play in the first place spotlights a certain boldness that comes with a robust M&A marketplace.

  • August 21, 2014

    AGs Of 16 States Back FTC In St. Luke's Merger Appeal

    The attorneys general of California, Pennsylvania and more than a dozen other states urged the Ninth Circuit Wednesday to uphold the Federal Trade Commission's successful challenge to St. Luke's Health System Ltd.'s acquisition of a major nearby physician practice group.

  • August 21, 2014

    GEICO Slams Repair Shops' Conspiracy Suit

    GEICO on Thursday asked a Michigan federal court to remove it from a lawsuit the owner of an auto rental and repair shop filed against insurance companies alleging they collectively terminated a direct billing arrangement as part of a conspiracy to squeeze him out of business.

  • August 21, 2014

    Sharp Can't Opt Out Of Cathode Ray MDL Settlement Class

    Sharp Electronics Corp.’s failure to send outside counsel a settlement notice wasn’t enough to excuse its delay in opting out of $46 million in settlements with Hitatchi Inc. and Samsung Group in a cathode ray tube price-fixing multidistrict litigation, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • August 21, 2014

    Samsung, LG To Pay $19M In Brazil LCD Cartel Probe

    LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will pay about $19 million to settle a cartel probe involving the Brazilian market for liquid-crystal-display flat screens, the country's antitrust watchdog said Wednesday amid a stepped-up effort to crack down on anti-competitive practices.

  • August 21, 2014

    NCAA Appeals Ruling Over Athlete Pay Ban

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday asked the Ninth Circuit to review a California federal judge’s decision that it violated antitrust laws by forbidding college athletes' compensation for the use of their names, images and likenesses.

  • August 21, 2014

    Hartford, Cosmetics Co. End Coverage Suit Over Dior Claims

    A Florida federal judge dismissed a suit Thursday involving Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. and a cosmetics manufacturer over coverage of defense costs stemming from the company's trademark and unfair competition litigation with Parfums Christian Dior SA, after the company and insurer settled.

  • August 21, 2014

    Rival Casino Plan Won’t Halt $203M Deal, Watchdog Says

    An Australian competition watchdog said Thursday that it will not stand in the way of a Hong Kong investment vehicle's AU$216.9 million ($203 million) bid to acquire a casino in Cairns despite its proposal to build another $8.15 billion casino resort in the same city.

  • August 21, 2014

    Canada Fines Denso $2.2M For Auto Parts Bid-Rigging

    Denso Corp. said on Thursday it was ordered by a Canadian court to pay CA$2.45 million ($2.2 million) after it made a plea agreement for conspiring with other Japanese motor vehicle component manufacturers to rig bids to supply Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. with certain vehicle parts.

  • August 21, 2014

    Louisana AG Sues State Farm Over Auto Shop Manipulation

    The state of Louisiana on Tuesday slapped State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. with a suit in state court accusing the insurer of steering customers to its preferred auto repair shops and manipulating repair costs, echoing the claims of a recently consolidated multidistrict litigation filed by auto repair shops against more than 80 insurers, including State Farm.

  • August 21, 2014

    Lexus to Cut Parts Prices in China Amid Antitrust Probe

    Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday said it will cut the prices of Lexus spare parts in China in September, following rivals who have already slashed rates amid a probe by the nation’s antitrust watchdog into anti-competitive practices in the country's massive auto market.

  • August 21, 2014

    Antitrust Worries Derail $9B Family Dollar Counterbid

    Family Dollar Stores Inc. on Thursday spurned an $8.9 billion offer from rival Dollar General Corp., saying "significant antitrust issues" made an earlier deal proposition — an $8.5 billion tie-up with another discount retailer, Dollar Tree Inc. — a better option.

  • August 20, 2014

    Ex-Aeropostale Exec Gets 8 Years For $350M Kickback Scheme

    The former Aeropostale Inc. executive convicted of receiving more than $25 million in kickbacks from a clothing supplier in exchange for $350 million worth of business was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison by a New York federal judge.

  • August 20, 2014

    S. African Antitrust Watchdog Names New Cartel Chief

    South Africa's antitrust enforcer has tapped a 14-year agency veteran to run its cartel unit, as the watchdog continues to bulk up its ranks.

  • August 20, 2014

    Carlyle Fights To Nix Experts In PE Antitrust Case

    The Carlyle Group LP on Wednesday told a Massachusetts federal court that its objections to the plaintiffs' expert testimony in an antitrust suit accusing it of colluding with other private equity firms go far beyond technical concerns.

  • August 20, 2014

    Nexium Buyers Say Ranbaxy Should Turn Over Docs In MDL

    Direct-purchaser plaintiffs in the pay-for-delay multidistrict litigation involving the heartburn drug Nexium on Tuesday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to compel generic-drug maker Ranbaxy Inc. to carry out supplemental production of documents ahead of an October trial, saying that the request is not burdensome.

  • August 20, 2014

    Nestle's Bottled Water Unit Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit

    Nestle SA unit Nestle Waters North America Inc. on Wednesday was hit with an antitrust suit in a New York state court by an upstate natural spring bottler who accused the beverage giant of engaging in an anti-competitive scheme to squeeze it out of the bottled water business.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Control Risk And Cost Of E-Discovery

    "If you follow the philosophy of saving everything you're just multiplying exponentially the costs and risks of litigation and investigations," says Robert Owen, partner in charge of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's New York office and president of the Electronic Discovery Institute.

  • Inside 2nd Circ. Ruling On Overseas Whistleblower

    Mary Beth Hogan

    For companies with global operations, the Second Circuit's recent decision in Liu v. Siemens AG should provide at least some level of comfort that allegations by foreign employees regarding conduct exclusively outside the United States are outside the reach of Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • How To React To Chinese Anti-Monopoly Surprise Inspections

    Lipeng Mei

    Recently, Chinese anti-monopoly authorities raided Chinese offices of Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz, shocking many companies doing business in China. When facing a surprise inspection, companies should keep five points in mind, says Lipeng Mei, an anti-monopoly enforcement official with the Chinese government, and Lei Mei of Mei & Mark LLP.

  • 5 Most Common Weaknesses In Anti-Corruption Compliance

    Michael Volkov

    Chief compliance officers who spend more than 20 percent of their time on gifts, meals, entertainment and travel procedures and expenses are prime examples of misguided compliance, says Michael Volkov of The Volkov Law Group LLC.

  • So We Agree It’s Price-Fixing, But ...

    Joseph Ostoyich

    A class action plaintiffs attorney recently conceded both of our key points regarding a very common practice among plaintiffs law firms that looks an awful lot like outright price-fixing, but we have yet to hear why the refusal by class action plaintiffs firms to bid against each other amounts to something other than collusion condemned by the Sherman Act, say Joseph Ostoyich and William Lavery of Baker Botts LLP.

  • Is Project Labscam II On The Horizon?

    Marilyn May

    While there is no way of knowing whether — or how many — lab investigations and sealed qui tams are proceeding in U.S. attorney’s offices, there is a strong likelihood that law enforcement will be taking a closer look at a recent study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General in deciding what cases are worth pursuing, say Marilyn May and Jennifer Kang of Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • An In-House Lawyer's Top 10 Tips For Outside Counsel

    Francis M. Drelling

    To this day, I have yet to see a litigation hold letter that was written by someone who understands the realities of how a business is actually run. In-house counsel cannot issue decrees to business units that read like they are issued by the king to his subjects, says Francis Drelling, in-house counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • Big Data Can Yield Big Insights On Promotional Practices

    Paul E. Greenberg

    Rich data sets can provide the basis for detailed analysis of allegedly improper conduct by pharmaceutical and health care companies and improve scrutiny over marketing activities and provider relationships often found at the heart of improper promotion and kickback allegations, say Paul Greenberg and Tamar Sisitsky of Analysis Group Inc.

  • Medtronic Ruling Creates Hurdles For Antitrust Defendants

    Dionne Lomax

    The Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Lenox MacLaren Surgical Corp. v. Medtronic Inc. raises the bar for defendants in antitrust suits, particularly on the issues of market definition and entry defenses, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Law Firms May Be Violating Copyrights

    Roy Kaufman

    On average, a legal professional forwards content to 14 different people per week. Yet many attorneys and staff lack an understanding of copyright and their firm’s specific policies regarding shared third-party materials, says Roy Kaufman of Copyright Clearance Center.