Starting Monday, Aetna and Humana will face off in court with the U.S. Department of Justice over their proposed $37 billion merger, and the crucial question of how to define the markets that could be affected by the transaction will be front and center in the fight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Japanese bearing manufacturer NTN Corp. has agreed to a $6.57 million settlement in sprawling multidistrict litigation over alleged auto parts price-fixing, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Justice accused Anthem Inc. of planning to stifle Cigna Corp.’s growth, during an antitrust trial Wednesday over a planned $54 billion merger, in another attempt by the government to show a D.C. federal judge the deal is anti-competitive.
The American Cable Association on Tuesday pressed for the full Federal Communications Commission to weigh in on a request from Media General Corp. and Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. to complete their $4.6 billion merger before the broadcast incentive auction ends, saying the request “raises significant questions.”
The European Union's highest court put an end Wednesday to the European Commission's long-running claims that France Télécom won illegal state aid in the form of a €9 billion loan the French government offered but never paid out.
U.S. and Canadian antitrust regulators want more time to review outdoor gear and apparel retailer Bass Pro Shops’ planned $5.5 billion private equity-backed acquisition of camping and hunting retailer Cabela’s, according to a Tuesday regulatory filing.
The Federal Communications Commission landing team continued down a decidedly anti-regulatory track Tuesday with the addition of Roslyn Layton, a critic of net neutrality and internet privacy regulation and proponent of zero-rating practices who was selected by the Trump transition team.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday rejected Mylan's request for the court to reconsider a September decision affirming a dismissal of its suit against Warner Chilcott alleging it stifled competition for acne medication Doryx by switching the market from tablets to capsules.
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 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.
The Federal Trade Commission recently succeeded on appeal in two hospital merger challenges, in the Third and Seventh Circuits. Hospitals evaluating merging with nearby competitors should keep in mind the analytical approaches laid out in these decisions, say David Kully and Christopher Carmichael of Holland & Knight LLP.
Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.
Two recent enforcement actions — Valeant in the U.S. and Altice in France — are reminders that there are antitrust risks to be addressed after the deal is signed and even after it has closed, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.
For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
The Federal Trade Commission said the purpose of its study on the activities of patent assertion entities in the U.S. was to examine their impact on innovation and competition. But unfortunately this important goal was not even close to achieved, says Justin Daniels of Burford Capital LLC.
President-elect Donald Trump has not outlined a formal antitrust policy agenda. However, the announcement that former Federal Trade Commissioner Joshua Wright will be leading the transition team effort for the FTC suggests that the administration may be at least considering a more traditional Republican approach to antitrust, says Pete Levitas of Arnold & Porter LLP.
The primary reason depositions in Japan can be more complicated than elsewhere is that depositions for use in U.S. litigation can only be taken in three conference rooms in the entire country, says Lauren Randell of BuckleySandler LLP.