Pennsylvania's governor lashed out Wednesday at the National Collegiate Athletic Association with a lawsuit claiming the organization’s sanctions against Pennsylvania State University violated antitrust laws and would cause dire economic harm to both the school and the state’s citizens.
German state railway operator Deutsche Bahn AG has sued four track suppliers, including steel giant ThyssenKrupp AG, on allegations of price-fixing and is seeking damages of a reported €750 million ($993 million), according to Thursday news reports.
Sentry Insurance was hit with a lawsuit in Minnesota federal court Thursday alleging it broke its duty to defend mattress company Select Comfort Corp. in a $30 million competition suit filed by rival Sleepy's LLC.
The European Commission on Thursday launched an in-depth probe into mobile communications company Syniverse Technologies Inc.’s €550 million ($693.5 million) acquisition of Luxembourg-based telecommunications firm Mach, citing concerns of decreased competition in various roaming technology markets.
U.S. criminal charges filed against two former UBS AG traders for their roles in an alleged widespread conspiracy to rig global interest rates could be a harbinger of future criminal indictments against traders or even senior executives at banks for their roles in the scandal, several attorneys said Wednesday.
An Ohio State University bookstore hit textbook publishing companies Cengage Learning Inc. and Pearson Education Inc. with a federal antitrust lawsuit Tuesday, saying the publishers used monopoly power to allege unspecified copyright violations and demand improper payoffs for access to textbooks.
The Federal Trade Commission has lodged a complaint to block Integrated Device Technology Inc.'s proposed $330 million purchase of PLX Technology Inc., saying Tuesday that the deal would give the combined company too much control over the market for certain computer circuits.
A Pennsylvania hospital operator launched a putative class action in federal court Tuesday against Cardinal Health Inc. and Owens & Minor Inc, alleging the firms engaged in a monopolistic scheme to get small hospitals to purchase sutures, stitches and similar merchandise only from them.
A Kentucky-based organizer and promoter of middle and high school basketball tournaments hit the National Collegiate Athletic Association with an antitrust suit Thursday, claiming it suffered significant damages when the NCAA decided the tournaments violated the association's recruiting rules.
Members of the NHL Players' Association reportedly have until Thursday to vote on whether to grant its executive board the authority to dissolve the union after the NHL, in a preemptive maneuver, filed a class action in New York seeking a declaration that its ongoing lockout is legal.
Federal prosecutors in Louisiana on Wednesday charged the former vice president of a U.S. military construction contractor with accepting bribes in exchange for awarding a $3.2 million subcontract to help repair an airfield in Afghanistan.
Dun & Bradstreet Inc. was hit Thursday with a class action alleging it abuses its dominant position in the credit profile market to force small businesses to purchase its line of credit monitoring products and uses a variety of unfair tactics to drive up sales.
Drywall installer Sierra Drywall Systems Inc. hit Georgia-Pacific LLC, American Gypsum Company LLC, and seven other defendants with a putative class action in Chicago on Thursday, accusing them of conspiring to jack up drywall prices.
Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, hit Siemens AG with a $1.5 billion suit filed in New York federal court Wednesday, alleging the conglomerate bribed government officials to secure a lucrative refinery construction contract as part of a criminal scheme.
The U.S. Department of Justice sued two New York City bus operators Tuesday to unwind a joint venture giving the duo a monopoly over the city's hop-on, hop-off tour bus market that allowed the companies to hike prices.
Drug-screening company Millennium Laboratories, Inc. sued two insurance companies in California federal court Friday, claiming they wrongfully refused to pay for Millennium’s counterclaim defense in three lawsuits it filed against its competitors alleging they used kickbacks and confidential information to steal its customers.
New York City taxi operators have sued the city over a plan to make a Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. vehicle the official taxicab in the city, saying authorities have exceeded their powers by handing the automaker a sole-source contract that would authorize only Nissans as taxicabs.
A specialty distributor of wound-closure products hit Cardinal Health Inc. and Owens & Minor Inc. with a $200 million antitrust lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the firms of engaging in predatory pricing and illegally penalizing customers who didn’t buy their sutures, stitches and similar merchandise.
Purchasers of ocean shipping services hit the U.S. with a proposed class action in Hawaii federal court last week, alleging that a law meant to protect American shippers from foreign rivals let purchasers fall prey to the anti-competitive behavior of two shipping companies.
Three German car insurance companies have challenged the European Commission's refusal to turn over documents from its auto-glass cartel investigation, underscoring the watchdog's struggle to shield information it gathers during cartel probes without running afoul of the European Union's transparency rules.
Despite recession-driven cost pressures that have resulted in the downsizing of nonlawyer personnel at law firms, many litigation support departments are growing. In a recent survey, half of respondents indicated that their function has grown in size in the past three years, and more than half of respondents indicated that current staffing levels are inadequate for the projected needs of the coming year, say experts at Epiq Systems and Georgetown University Law Center.
This term marks a continuation of the Roberts court trend of close attention to business issues. From affirmative action and class actions to tort litigation, government enforcement and intellectual property, almost one half of this term’s argued cases are of interest to the business community, say Cliff Sloan and David Foster of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Recent commentary from the deputy chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, suggests that the government’s FCPA resource guide — rather than being an outgrowth of mounting criticism from the business community, defense bar and other legal commentators concerning the FCPA’s troubling ambiguity and opaque enforcement policies — was more a product of international treaty obligations, says Caryn Trombino of Perkins Coie LLP.
The European Commission recently imposed a fine on Microsoft Corp. of $730 million for failure to abide by a commitment made in 2009 to make a browser-choice screen available to PC users. The commission's huge fine sends a strong signal to companies that failure to comply with the terms of a settlement will not be tolerated in any circumstance, say attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
Though the California Court of Appeal warned against the revival of shakedown lawsuits, its decision in Law Offices of Mathew Higbee v. Expungement Assistance Services may nonetheless trigger a blunderbuss of suits between business competitors seeking to police each other’s activities, say Seth Gerber and Candace Frazier of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
The recent Brussels Court of Appeal ruling in Belgacom Group represents an important rebuke to the presumption of the European Court of Justice's Akzo ruling that in-house counsels are insufficiently independent to enjoy the attorney-client and related privileges, say Donald Hawthorne and Timothy Hirsch of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP.
The unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles will be praised by class action defense counsel as comporting with the congressional intent of the Class Action Fairness Act and ramifying the pleading strategies used by putative class representatives to maximize the litigation leverage of the "Frankenstein's monster" created by class actions, say attorneys with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a letter to a physician-hospital organization in Norman, Okla., setting out its analysis of how the organization's business plan violated the federal antitrust laws. The letter identifies important issues for provider-controlled networks looking to implement a clinical integration program but also leaves several issues unaddressed, says Mark Botti of Squire Sanders LLP.
Internal investigations by counsel into potentially illegal corporate conduct are generally considered to be protected by the attorney-client privilege and attorney work-product doctrine. It is less clear whether work that is unconnected or tangentially connected to such an investigation, including internal audits or anti-corruption risk assessments, may be conducted in a way that preserves privilege protections, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
Recent U.S. Department of Justice speeches and statements indicate that the DOJ may be searching for ways to enforce a policy of using Section 2 of the Sherman Act to discourage standard essential patent holders who license their patents on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms from seeking injunctive relief against alleged infringers. This would be a significant development in its regulatory agenda, says Wendy Fu of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.