Competition

  • December 2, 2016

    High Stakes Ride On UK Supreme Court Brexit Hearings

    The U.K. Supreme Court on Monday will begin hearing the government's refreshed arguments to overturn a previous rejection of its bid to trigger the Brexit process without parliament's assent, setting up a decision vital to the nation's future that lawyers and legal academics say could go either way.

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    McDonnell Doesn’t Help Magnate In UN Bribery Suit, Feds Say

    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office urged a New York federal judge on Wednesday not to toss charges against a Chinese real estate magnate accused of bribing United Nations officials to move an annual conference to his property in Macau, saying its allegations rest on solid footing even after a Supreme Court ruling that raised the bar for prosecuting corruption.

  • December 1, 2016

    FDA Smacks Down Vanda's Bid To Block Fanapt Generics

    Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. cannot use new exclusivity for its schizophrenia medication Fanapt to block generic versions of the product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a decision released Wednesday.

  • December 1, 2016

    Economist Rallies To Defense Of $54B Anthem-Cigna Deal

    An economist hired by Anthem Inc. assured a D.C. federal judge Thursday that the health insurer’s $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp. would generate $2.4 billion in cost savings that will benefit customers, providing a key defense to a U.S. Department of Justice suit claiming the deal is anticompetitive.

  • December 1, 2016

    $7B Visa-MasterCard Fee Deal Hits Supreme Court

    A group of retailers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider their landmark, $7.25 billion antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard after the Second Circuit nixed the interchange fee deal.

  • December 1, 2016

    Pa.'s Role In Merger Suit Doesn’t Warrant Fees, Hospital Says

    Penn State Hershey Medical Center urged a federal court Wednesday to reject the state of Pennsylvania’s bid for $1.2 million in legal fees stemming from its involvement in litigation against a now-enjoined hospital merger, arguing the state was only a “spectator” not deserving of fees.

  • December 1, 2016

    Shipping Act Allows State Antitrust Claims, Fed. Agency Says

    The Federal Maritime Commission Wednesday asked the Third Circuit to partially reverse the dismissal of multidistrict litigation alleging that a number of international shipping companies had conspired to stifle competition and inflate prices for transporting vehicles, saying federal law does not bar the plaintiffs’ state law claims.

  • December 1, 2016

    Verizon Hit With IP Suit Over 4G LTE Network Tech

    The owner of a portfolio of former SkyTel intellectual property Wednesday accused Verizon Wireless of unlawfully using its patented technology to support the mobile company’s 4G LTE networks in Texas federal court.

  • December 1, 2016

    EU Demands US Arbitrate Over Norwegian Air License Delay

    The European Union sued the U.S. on Wednesday for unfairly denying a flight permit to a unit of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, saying a three-year delay by U.S. regulators violates an international agreement to promote competition in the airline industry.

  • December 1, 2016

    Former Cuomo Aide, Ex-SUNY Prez Deny Graft Charges

    Eight men including a noted former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and an ex-State University of New York Polytechnic Institute president denied federal corruption charges at an arraignment Thursday in Manhattan, where U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni hinted at the possibility of guilty pleas in the near future.

  • December 1, 2016

    FCA Forces Banks To Simplify Savings Accounts' Terms

    U.K. banks from Thursday onward must give clients easy-to-understand information so they can compare the benefits of competing savings accounts and must make it quicker and easier to switch to a better deal, the Financial Conduct Authority said.

  • November 30, 2016

    Cisco Presses Arista Execs On Interface Choice At IP Trial

    Cisco Systems Inc. grilled Arista Networks Inc. executives Wednesday during the third day of their intellectual property trial on why Arista chose to use Cisco's command-line interface to create its popular computer networking switch products, raising questions about a practice Cisco says infringed its copyrights and a patent.

  • November 30, 2016

    Prosecutors Tout Individual Accountability In FCPA Cases

    Top enforcement attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission highlighted each agency’s efforts to increase prosecutions of individuals and encourage self-reporting of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations at a Wednesday conference.

  • November 30, 2016

    Kodak, Fujifilm, Others Get Aluminum Antitrust Claims Tossed

    A New York federal judge Wednesday dismissed some complaints in multidistrict litigation accusing Goldman Sachs and others of illegally manipulating aluminum prices, saying that Kodak, Fujifilm and others cannot sue because they do not operate in the aluminum warehousing market.

  • November 30, 2016

    Xitronix Wants Fed. Circ. To Rethink Patent Antitrust Claim

    Xitronix Corp. on Tuesday asked the Federal Circuit to give new life to an antitrust claim in a long-running patent battle with KLA-Tencor Corp. over advanced measurement systems for semiconductors, arguing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office didn’t “do its job” when it issued KLA a continuation patent.

  • November 30, 2016

    Silver Schemed ‘Under Any Definition,’ Feds Tell 2nd Circ.

    Manhattan prosecutors urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to affirm the corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, saying a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that gutted the government’s case against a Virginia politician doesn't help the ex-Empire State lawmaker.

  • November 30, 2016

    USTelecom Wants Rural Subsidies Fully Funded

    USTelecom is pressing the Federal Communications Commission to fully fund subsidies for rural telecommunications, including one that's experienced far more demand than anticipated, according to an ex parte filing Wednesday, arguing more money would help ensure “maximum broadband deployment.”

  • November 30, 2016

    Comcast Antitrust Fee Row Resolved By Susman, Heins Mills

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday dismissed competing motions for fee allocations between Susman Godfrey LLP and Heins Mills & Olson LLP — co-counsel for a class that reached a $50 million antitrust settlement with Comcast Corp. — after the firms said they resolved how to split $4.66 million in remaining attorneys’ fees.

  • November 30, 2016

    4 Takeaways From The High Court's Double Jeopardy Ruling

    In the first full opinion of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously shut down one passageway in the labyrinth of double jeopardy law, but the ruling left the door open for other twists and turns. While the ruling deals with a narrow subset of cases involving both an inconsistent jury verdict and a procedural error, attorneys and legal scholars see four points to consider.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside World Bank’s New Report On Fraud And Corruption

    Jonathan Poling

    The World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency's recently released annual report is a helpful document that provides parties participating in contracts involving World Bank financing with insight into the types of investigations handled by the bank, the investigation and sanctions process, and investigation and enforcement priorities for the coming year, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Conflicting Agency Guidance On Confidentiality Policies

    Celina Joachim

    In recent months, agencies not traditionally involved in the labor and employment realm have issued guidance impacting future iterations of employee handbook and code of conduct policies. Along with the guidance comes substantially higher consequences for failure to comply, including potential criminal prosecution, say Celina Joachim and Ryan Vann of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • Loyalty Rebates In China: A Look At Tetra Pak

    Huang Wei

    The $97 million fine recently imposed on Tetra Pak shows that loyalty rebates may be challenged in China, and raises new antitrust compliance questions, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • A Review Of Key Cases Against Executives In Q3

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    Attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the third quarter’s most significant cases and government investigations impacting corporate executives.

  • With The New Administration, A New FCC Focus?

    Anne Goodwin Crump

    With the potential of new blood soon coming into the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC may shift at least some of its attention back to broadcasting issues. Anne Crump of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth PLC discusses who the next FCC chairman might be, and what else the future might hold for the commission.

  • Why DOJ Is Right To Appeal BMI Consent Decree Ruling

    , Law Offices of David Balto

    U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton’s BMI decision has shown that the U.S. Department of Justice's consent decree enforcement might be more fragile than we hope, and should the DOJ not prevail on its recently announced appeal to the Second Circuit, we may see further erosion of the DOJ’s tools in enforcing the antitrust laws, says David Balto, a former trial attorney in the DOJ's Antitrust Division.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Tenet Case Signals Shift In Health Care Fraud Enforcement

    Demme Doufekias

    Tenet Healthcare's recent $513 million settlement is an important development for health care companies because it demonstrates the impact of the U.S. Department of Justice’s expanded resources and nationwide focus on combating corporate health care fraud, say Demme Doufekias and Sandeep Nandivada of Morrison & Foerster LLP.