Oil pipeline parts maker RJ Machine Co. hit rival Canada Pipeline Accessories Inc. with an antitrust suit in Texas federal Court on Thursday, saying CPA illegally monopolized the market for a particular pipeline component by threatening to sue over a patent that expired two years ago.
A California judge Wednesday gutted the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission's lawsuit against two rave promoters accused of participating in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme with two former Coliseum officials, ruling the complaint didn't adequately plead the claims against the men or their businesses.
A group of car dealerships on Tuesday lodged a putative antitrust class action in Michigan federal court, accusing four Japanese automobile parts suppliers of conspiring to rig bids on headlights and taillights sold to major car companies like Toyota Motor Corp.
A group of automobile dealers hit suppliers of auto safety devices with a putative class action in Michigan federal court on Wednesday, saying the companies engaged in a conspiracy to unlawfully fix and artificially raise the prices of seat belts, airbags and steering systems.
The planned merger between American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. faces yet another challenge as a group of 40 consumers sued the companies Tuesday, claiming the $11 billion deal would drastically reduce competition and raise fares if it is allowed through.
The Federal Trade Commission on Monday sued to block glass and metal packaging company Ardagh Group SA’s $1.7 billion bid for the North American packaging unit of France’s Saint-Gobain SA, alleging that the deal would spike prices for beer and spirits bottles.
The owners of popular restaurant chains Applebee’s and Red Lobster were targeted Thursday with a proposed class action accusing them of fixing prices at locations in New York City’s Times Square for automatic gratuities and deceiving consumers about their tipping policies, costing consumers millions.
Teva UK Ltd. has accused Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC of trying to thwart generic competition for its heartburn treatment by pulling one version of the drug from the country's official prescription list once its patent protection expired, the U.K.'s competition court said Friday.
Spain's competition regulator said Friday it's investigating the General Society of Authors and Publishers, or SGAE, the country's primary collecting agency for music publishers and songwriters, over alleged violations of the country's antitrust laws.
Personal finance software company Intuit Inc. has settled antitrust claims lodged in federal court by the California attorney general's office over agreements not to hire certain employees from other technology companies, an Intuit spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
A company opening an urgent care center in western New York accused the region's dominant insurer Tuesday of conspiring with the local hospital to force it out of the market in order to keep rates high.
The Regents of the University of California on Tuesday sued Bank of America Corp., Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup Inc. and a host of other financial institutions alleging they manipulated Libor, impacting billions of dollars of the university system's lending portfolio.
Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. hit a joint venture of aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed-Martin on Thursday with $515 million in anti-competitive claims that it blocked the NASA contractor’s access to certain rocket engines by extending its exclusivity agreement with the engine’s only manufacturer.
Time Warner Cable Inc. is squeezing $11 billion out of its Southern California subscribers by charging them for Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers telecasts as part of bundled cable packages, a class action filed this week in California state court alleges.
Five California surgical centers slammed Allergan Inc. and a group of Los Angeles-based clinics with a $15 million state suit Wednesday, alleging the company provided the clinics with Lap-Band weight loss devices although it knew they employed a series of deceptive and unfair business and marketing practices.
The U.K.'s telecommunications regulator said Wednesday it has opened a probe to determine if British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC exploited its dominance in the pay television market by placing conditions on the wholesale supply of two sports networks to British Telecommunications PLC.
San Jose, Calif., officials sued Major League Baseball in California federal court Tuesday, claiming MLB harmed it to the tune of millions of dollars by stalling on an owners' vote on moving the Oakland Athletics to their city and challenging baseball's exemption to federal antitrust laws.
The former president of consumer electronics seller TigerDirect Inc. has been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly steering $230 million into companies that paid him bribes and kickbacks, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York federal court.
Sharp Corp. on Monday lodged allegations in California federal court that Koninklijke Philips NV took part in a price-fixing scheme along with other makers of cathode ray tubes, claims similar to those leveled against CRT companies in a broader multidistrict litigation.
Graco Inc. was hit with a proposed class action Monday in Pennsylvania federal court by a California insulation company that alleges Graco bought two rivals in the spray foam equipment market in an anti-competitive plot to acquire most of the market and increase prices.
In Brazil, enacting a law does not guarantee it will be enforced. So it remains to be seen whether the new Brazilian Anticorruption Act will have a real impact. But one thing is certain: In the deal scenario, sufficient anti-corruption due diligence and negotiation of protective language in transaction agreements will be a must to avoid liabilities and reputational damage, say Lior Pinsky and Renata Fialho de Oliveira of Veirano Advogados.
Unfortunately, the credentials normally supplied by Big Law firms in beauty contests simply do not tell in-house counsel what they really want to know. Without discounting the difficulty of obtaining helpful information from candidates for outside counsel, there is one question that may be useful for in-house counsel to pose, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
The Chilean Supreme Court's recent judgment in a compressors case should have important ramifications for the abilities of Chile’s competition enforcement agency, Fiscalía Nacional Económica. Significantly, it is now clear that Chile’s Competition Act can reach anti-competitive acts that directly affect the national market, regardless of where that conduct occurs, says Michael Jacobs of Fiscalía Nacional Económica.
In a move reminiscent of recent guidance on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Russia’s Supreme Court has weighed in on Russian anti-corruption law — the first such guidance in 13 years. From the perspective of multinational companies, two of the most significant aspects are likely to be guidance on what qualifies as a bribe under the Russian law and its expanded definition of an extortion defense, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Company A made a poor decision when it decided to join a price-fixing conspiracy, but the company's mistaken belief that it had effectively withdrawn from the conspiracy only compounded its problems. By stressing three essential pieces of advice, you can help protect your clients from landing in Company A’s shoes, say Hollis Salzman and Elizabeth Friedman of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
President Obama seems to be of the view that if law school were reduced to two years, students would incur two-thirds of the expense of attending law school, be burdened by two-thirds of the debt they currently have, and be generally economically better off than they are today after three years of law school. Most startling about the president’s proposal, however, is that he did not discuss the educational effect of his suggestion on the students or the effect on their clients, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California's recent opinion in Dorfman v. Nutramax highlights the broad reach of the state's Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, which means that potential defendants should brace themselves for the big battle: defeating class certification, says Melody Akhavan of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
When it comes to preventing cyberattacks, the U.S. government can’t protect its own networks, let alone those of large law firms. And when it comes to deterring and punishing intruders, our government offers even less. We have to do more than play defense. We didn’t reduce street crime by requiring pedestrians to buy better body armor every year, says Stewart Baker, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
North Carolina is not the only state experiencing lawsuits and legislative efforts directed at dental practice management companies. As the dental practice management model becomes more popular, scrutiny around the industry as a whole is on the rise, say Bart Walker and LauraLee Lawley of McGuireWoods LLP.
What should an attorney do in the middle of a deposition if her client answers in a way that suggests a misunderstanding of the question or sudden memory loss? She will likely want to confer with her client at the next available opportunity, but her ability to do so without waiving privilege will depend, in part, on where the deposition is taking place, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.