Competition

  • September 22, 2016

    France Authorizes Agribusiness Takeover With Divestments

    French antitrust regulators signed off Thursday on a divestiture agreement that will see the country’s largest grain cooperative divest certain grain elevators, allowing it to proceed with its proposed acquisition of the fourth largest private grain trader in the European nation.

  • September 22, 2016

    Tesla Sues To Strike Michigan's Direct Auto Sales Ban

    Tesla Motors Inc. hit Michigan officials with a federal suit Thursday claiming the state's ban on direct-to-consumer car sales is unconstitutional and that its recent refusal to allow the electric carmaker to open a dealership in the state is a "protectionist" attempt to retain local monopoly power over auto sales.

  • September 22, 2016

    Quinn Emanuel Brings In Veteran GC To Lead Moscow Team

    With its top two Russian attorneys moving to Baker Botts LLP, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced Monday that it has brought on an experienced general counsel and adviser to startup companies as managing partner in its Moscow office.

  • September 22, 2016

    Teva, Apotex, Mylan Sued Over 'Extreme' Statin Prices

    Teva, Apotex, Mylan and Glenmark unlawfully conspired to artificially inflate prices for generic versions of cholesterol drug pravastatin by more than 500 percent, according to a union’s proposed class action filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • September 22, 2016

    Allergan Seeks Full 3rd Circ. Look At Eye Drop Antitrust Suit

    Allergan Inc., Senju Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Kyorin Pharmaceutical urged the Third Circuit Wednesday to rehear a decision reviving a putative class action a pharmacy chain filed against the three drug companies over eye care products Zymar and Zymaxid, saying the decision wrongly expands the jurisdiction of federal courts.

  • September 22, 2016

    Cox Points To 2nd Circ. In 10th Circ. Cable Tying Appeal

    Cable provider Cox Communications Inc., trying to persuade the Tenth Circuit to leave alone a $6.31 million antitrust verdict overturned in its favor, told the appeals court Wednesday that the Second Circuit has recently bolstered the company's contention that its set-top-box tying was proper “even if the seller were a monopolist.”

  • September 22, 2016

    Set-Top Box Plan Would Mandate Modem Fee, Charter Warns

    Charter Communications stepped up its opposition Wednesday to what it says is a piece of the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to unlock set-top boxes and mandate cable television content be made available on third-party devices, warning a modem rentals provision will actually force the company to charge its customers.

  • September 22, 2016

    UK Admissions To Irish Rolls Skyrocket After Brexit Vote

    The number of English and Welsh lawyers joining the Irish rolls in 2016 has skyrocketed to nearly 460 now that the U.K. voted to leave the European Union and jeopardized British attorneys' right to practice before European institutions, Ireland's law society told Law360 on Thursday.

  • September 21, 2016

    3 Key Questions As FCC Special Access Vote Nears

    The Federal Communications Commission is entering the home stretch in the process of adopting new rules to promote competition in the market for business data services, and experts say the agency is likely only weeks away from a vote to apply rate regulations on those services in an attempt to open up markets. Here are the three key questions remaining before the vote.

  • September 21, 2016

    Wilkinson Walsh Picks Up Gov't Trial Pros In DC, LA

    Washington, D.C.-based trial boutique Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz PLLC has picked up three trial attorneys with experience handling government prosecutions in cases related to the oil and banking industries, trade secrets and international fraud matters, and other big-ticket disputes.

  • September 21, 2016

    Cornyn Urges FCC To Delay TV App Access Rule

    Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn asked the FCC on Tuesday to hold off on adopting new regulations requiring cable television providers to create apps to deliver their content on third-party platforms, saying the Senate Judiciary Committee needs time to consider the effect on privacy protections and copyright law.

  • September 21, 2016

    FIFA Bribery Trial Date Could Spur Pleas, New Charges

    A New York federal judge has set a November 2017 trial date for eight of the remaining defendants in the U.S. government’s wide-ranging FIFA corruption probe, but with prosecutors still pushing for plea deals, experts say most of the defendants will likely not go to trial, though new indictments and defendants could still emerge.

  • September 21, 2016

    Dial, Heinz Attorneys Defied Order On Fees, Judge Says

    An irate U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III on Wednesday pilloried lawyers who asked for $73.2 million in fees after a $244 million class action against News Corp., accusing them of doing a “runaround” and defying his order to divide the labor.

  • September 21, 2016

    Fla. Power Traders Manipulated Market, FERC Says

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday asked a D.C. federal judge to cement a $15 million market manipulation penalty against a Florida power trading firm, saying that the evidence clearly shows intent to manipulate the energy markets on the grid run by PJM Interconnection LLC.

  • September 21, 2016

    Insurance Broker Can't Shake Antitrust, RICO MDL

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday refused trim multidistrict litigation alleging an insurance broker engaged in a bid-rigging scheme with insurers and other brokers, ruling that the plaintiffs in the case lodged plausible antitrust and racketeering claims.

  • September 21, 2016

    Anthem, Cigna Both Claim Merger Breach, DOJ Says

    Federal antitrust officials challenging a proposed $48 billion merger of Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday that the health insurance companies have both accused each other of being in breach of the pending merger agreement.

  • September 21, 2016

    2 Nishikawa Execs Blocked Antitrust Probe, Feds Say

    Two Japanese executives at Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. were accused on Wednesday of having employees delete emails and phone messages with competitors when they learned the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating antitrust violations in the auto parts industry.

  • September 21, 2016

    3rd Person Pleads Guilty In Chicago Schools Bribery Scandal

    The co-owner of two education companies accused of trading bribes for more than $20 million in Chicago Public Schools contracts signed a plea agreement with prosecutors, they told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday.

  • September 21, 2016

    Buyer Lobs Antitrust Suit At 1-800 Contacts Over Ad Pacts

    A consumer has filed a proposed class action in a California federal court against 1-800 Contacts, alleging the online retailer charged inflated prices for contact lenses because of agreements the company made with rivals to rig bids for online advertisements.

  • September 21, 2016

    Judge Nixes Some Forex Claims But Finds Banks Conspired

    A New York federal judge favored currency investors in a $2 billion foreign exchange manipulation class action Tuesday, granting a motion by certain banks to dismiss antitrust claims only in part and finding sufficient evidence that the financial institutions had engaged in a conspiracy.

Expert Analysis

  • From The Partner’s Desk: Paving Your Path To Partnership

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most oft-cited complaints from associates is the lack of clarity around what it takes to make partner. While this can certainly be laid at the feet of law firms large and small alike, an ever-changing business environment is at least partly to blame. Today, law firms are not making partnership decisions based on the same criteria they used 20, 15 or even 10 years ago, says Gary Gansle of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • AstraZeneca And The SEC's Focus On Life Sciences

    Gary F. Giampetruzzi

    Continuing its onslaught of enforcement actions against life sciences companies this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement with AstraZeneca. The U.S. Department of Justice was not involved in this resolution, which follows several other recent SEC-only resolutions in the pharmaceutical industry, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How We Can Diversify The Legal Profession And Why We Must

    Mark Roellig

    The lack of transparency on law firm diversity metrics and no consistent standard for measurement has left corporate America in the dark about how the firms we retain are increasing diversity throughout their organizations. But we now have an opportunity for all of this to change, says Mark Roellig, general counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.

  • Contact Lens Cases Might Bring Clarity To Antitrust Issues

    Steve Cernak

    Two matters coming out of the contact lens industry — a Federal Trade Commission administrative proceeding and a huge class action — have the potential to provide guidance to antitrust counselors. While the issues are age-old, these matters will consider them in the context of current-generation facts, say attorneys with Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • FERC's Continued Pursuit Of Individual Trader Liability

    David A. Applebaum

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent settlements with National Energy & Trade and David Silva involve similar allegations to those that its Office of Enforcement has made in other cases involving natural gas trading, reflecting the agency’s continued focus on “related-position” cases and liability for individual traders, say David Applebaum and Todd Brecher of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • 8th Circ. Antitrust Limitations Ruling Reveals Circuit Split

    Arthur W. Adelberg

    While the majority and dissenting opinions from the Eighth Circuit in Pre-Filled Propane Tank Antitrust Litigation purported to interpret the case law on continuing antitrust violations differently, their differing views also reflect a split in the circuits that may ultimately require U.S. Supreme Court resolution, says Arthur Adelberg of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • Leveraging Trial Strategies To Improve Your Negotiating Skills

    Audra Dial

    Just as with trial, early and thoughtful preparation for negotiations with an opponent are critical. Audra Dial, managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend LLP's Atlanta office, shares five lessons from the heat of battle in trial that she believes can make you a better negotiator.

  • Old Skills, New Tricks: Opportunities For Law Librarians

    Cynthia Brown

    Just because we are dealing with bytes and not books does not change the staffing or need for expertise. The information being sorted and the questions being asked today are not ultimately that different from what might be seen as old-fashioned, traditional librarian work, says Cynthia Brown, director of research services at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • US Steel's Unusual Section 337 Claims Could Have Big Impact

    David Hickerson

    If successful, U.S. Steel Corp.'s Section 337 case before the International Trade Commission will have accomplished in a single proceeding the elimination of competition from all Chinese carbon and alloy steel products from the U.S. market. The importance for U.S. trade remedies could be enormous, says David Hickerson of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Will 'Dr. Bull' Affect Actual Jurors?

    Roy Futterman

    Could a fictional television show based on the former career of Dr. Phil have a lasting impact on our jury system? We are about to find out. In September, a major network will have a high-profile premiere of a series about a brash jury consultant called “Dr. Bull,” says Dr. Roy Futterman, a clinical psychologist and director at DOAR Inc.