Competition

  • June 28, 2016

    Ex-Chief Investigator For Dallas DA Admits Taking Bribe

    The former chief investigator at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office pled guilty Tuesday to a bribery charge, admitting he had taken money to convince a prosecutor to drop charges against an unnamed party.

  • June 28, 2016

    Telefonica, Portugal Telecom Can't Beat EU Antitrust Case

    Telefonica SA and Portugal Telecom committed an antitrust violation by inserting a noncompetition clause in the contract for Telefonica’s takeover of a joint venture, a European Union court affirmed on Tuesday while telling the region’s competition watchdog to reassess the €79 million ($87.4 million) in fines imposed in the case.

  • June 28, 2016

    How To Become The Firm Every GC Wants To Hire

    Some law firms have perfected the art of pleasing general counsels, a skill that wins them the love of clients and allows them to score new cases and deals. Here, we look at a new report that delves into the intricacies of making clients happy.

  • June 28, 2016

    NJ Blood Lab Cops To Role In $100M Referral Scheme

    Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, the defunct clinical lab behind a $100 million test referral scam operated by its president and numerous associates, pled guilty for its role in the scheme in New Jersey federal court Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

  • June 28, 2016

    Customers Blast Airlines' Bid To Duck Price-Fixing MDL

    Air travelers and ticket purchasers told a D.C. federal judge Monday they’ve backed up their claims in multidistrict litigation that American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta and United colluded to limit domestic flight capacity and hike prices, insisting they have enough to support a plausible price-fixing conspiracy.

  • June 28, 2016

    The 24 Firms GCs Love The Most

    Some law firms have honed their ability to serve clients so well that their relationships with general counsels have entered a sort of utopian existence where they earn glowing recommendations from clients and consistently win work. Here, find out which 24 firms have reached a state of “clientopia,” according to a new report by BTI Consulting Group.

  • June 28, 2016

    Medco Says Ex-Worker Has ‘No Evidence’ Of Kickbacks

    Medco Health Solutions Inc. on Monday reiterated its bid to toss a suit saying it donated to nonprofits as a kickback for referrals, telling a New Jersey federal court that a brief by the ex-employee behind the suit “confirms he cannot prove” his False Claims Act allegations.

  • June 28, 2016

    Cable Group Blasts Charter-TWC Overbuild Merger Condition

    A cable group urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to reconsider a condition for its approval of the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger that requires deploying services in areas already served by other providers, saying the requirement will worsen the merger’s harms and hurt consumers.

  • June 28, 2016

    Verizon, INCOMPAS Push Biz Data Services Plan At FCC

    Verizon and trade group INCOMPAS pushed their compromise approach to the Federal Communications Commission's proposed regulatory regime for business data services, endorsing on Monday rate-setting for noncompetitive services based on forecasts instead of actual market results.

  • June 28, 2016

    FCC’s Wheeler Moves To Keep Many Media Ownership Limits

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed on Monday to mainly continue existing media ownership restrictions and revive a limit on the ability of TV stations to enter into joint advertising agreements, saying the plan accounts for media marketplace shifts.

  • June 28, 2016

    British Lawyers Urge UK To Ensure They Can Still Work In EU

    The U.K. government must ensure that it secures the ability of British lawyers to continue to practice across the European Union once Britain leaves the EU, the legal industry’s top representative told lawmakers on Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2016

    Ex-MoFo Antitrust Pro Launches Pasadena Boutique

    A former Morrison & Foerster LLP trial attorney specializing in the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law has launched business litigation and antitrust boutique Charis Lex PC in Pasadena, California.

  • June 28, 2016

    Indivior Scores Docs In Suboxone Product-Hopping MDL

    Drug wholesalers and others accusing Indivior of product-hopping to stifle competition from generics of the Reckitt Benckiser spinoff's opiate addiction treatment Suboxone must produce downstream sales documents because they may be relevant to liability issues, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2016

    Jury Reaches Undisclosed Verdict On 3 In Barclays Libor Case

    Jurors deliberating over five former Barclays traders accused of manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate have reached an undisclosed verdict on three of the defendants and are working on a verdict for a fourth, they told the court in in a note Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2016

    FTC Accepts Divestitures For Ball's $7.2B Rexam Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that U.S. drink can maker Ball Corp. can go ahead with its proposed £5.4 billion ($7.2 billion) acquisition of Rexam, provided that the companies follow through with a plan to sell eight U.S. aluminum can plants to Ardagh Group to avoid harming competition for beverage cans.

  • June 28, 2016

    Canadian Regulator OKs $982M Superior Plus, Canexus Deal

    Superior Plus and Canexus secured approval for their merger from Canada’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday, a clearance that comes just a day after the Federal Trade Commission moved to block the $982 million, including debt, chemicals producers merger.

  • June 28, 2016

    Ill. Insurance Dept. Greenlights Aetna's $37B Humana Buy

    Illinois has become the latest state to urge the U.S. Department of Justice to allow Aetna Inc.’s proposed $37 billion purchase of Humana Inc. to go forward, stating that while some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries may face difficulties, the deal isn’t overall anti-competitive.

  • June 28, 2016

    High Court To Hear Visa, Mastercard Antitrust Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal by Visa, MasterCard and banks such as Bank of America over the D.C. Circuit’s decision to revive a putative class action over an alleged conspiracy to stifle competition and inflate ATM fees, the high court said Tuesday.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Firms That Won Big At the Supreme Court

    While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Top Supreme Court Dissents Of The Term

    While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.

Expert Analysis

  • World Bank Provides New Insights Into Its Sanctions System

    Dave Nadler

    A recent World Bank report enhances the public’s and practitioners’ understanding of the World Bank’s sanctions process and suggests that the bank may be increasingly interested in settling sanctions cases, say Dave Nadler and Adam Proujansky of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Ranbaxy: Court Recognizes Fraud-On-The-FDA Antitrust Claim

    Jonathan Berman

    In a significant expansion of antitrust jurisprudence, the Massachusetts federal magistrate judge in Meijer v. Ranbaxy sided with the plaintiffs, who asserted that Ranbaxy violated the Sherman Act by allegedly obtaining an exclusivity period through fraudulent submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But similar complaints may not survive motions to dismiss, says Jonathan Berman of Jones Day.

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • A Few Important Decisions From The 'Inferior' Courts

    Fred Taylor Isquith

    With all eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court, litigation lawyers may have glanced quickly at important cases coming from the lower courts and providing guidelines on confidentiality orders, picking off plaintiffs, the treatment of buried disclosure in securities litigation, and antitrust pleadings, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • Creating A Partial Solution To Delayed Generic Competition

    Gregory S. Asciolla

    Although the recently proposed CREATES Act leaves some competitive concerns unanswered, and raises some additional questions, it provides a starting point to address some of the issues affecting consumer access to cheaper generic and biosimilar drug products in the United States, say Gregory Asciolla and Matthew Perez at Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • The Many Uses Of Shell Companies

    Glenn Pomerantz

    Most of the publicity surrounding the Panama Papers has focused on the important role that shell companies have played in the laundering of the proceeds of criminal activity and in tax evasion. Understanding how shell companies can be used to engage in criminal behavior is critical to protecting an organization. Let’s look at some of the most common schemes, say Glenn Pomerantz and Brian Mich of BDO Consulting.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • Home Depot's Credit-Card Antitrust Claims: Privacy Takeaways

    Andrew Phillips

    A recent bombshell lawsuit by Home Depot alleges patterns of antitrust violations, illegal collusion and anti-competitive conduct by the Visa and MasterCard credit card networks. For consumers concerned with payment card security, the suit highlights potential weaknesses in some U.S. payment card technologies, says Andrew Phillips of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • FTC's Confusing Attempt To Comply With The E-Warranty Act

    Karen F. Lederer

    There are no proposed Federal Trade Commission revisions to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that would permit, under any circumstances, the use of the internet to supply the warranty document to a consumer who has purchased the product — an option seemingly required by the E-Warranty Act, says Karen Lederer at Troutman Sanders LLP.