Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP recently landed a new partner from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP who will bring his skills in competition, consumer protection and deceptive-conduct law to the firm's New York antitrust and trade regulation practice group, Sheppard Mullin said Monday.
The founder and president of the American Antitrust Institute, a leading competition advocacy group, announced on Wednesday that he would depart the organization before the end of next year.
Allen & Overy LLP continued to expand its global antitrust practice by bringing aboard a former official with Australia's competition watchdog agency with merger expertise for its office in Sydney, the firm announced Monday.
Following a four-year stint as director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, veteran antitrust attorney Richard A. Feinstein has rejoined Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP as a partner.
The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced Monday that it has named Brent Snyder as deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement, replacing Scott D. Hammond, who left the department for private practice in October.
Hogan Lovells has added an experienced antitrust attorney from Norton Rose as a partner in its London office, the firm announced Tuesday.
Motley Rice LLC has snagged two antitrust attorneys from Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP in an effort to bulk up its newly relocated New York office, the firm announced Tuesday.
K&L Gates LLP has bolstered its commercial disputes practice by adding a Watt Beckworth Thompson Henneman & Sullivan LLP litigator with experience in product and professional liability, environmental and energy matters, unfair competition, and intellectual property to its Houston office, it said Monday.
A former adviser to Vice President Joe Biden cleared a hurdle in joining the Federal Trade Commission when the Senate Commerce Committee advanced her on Tuesday to a full Senate vote.
Covington & Burling has continued to bolster its practice with experts from the judiciary panels of Congress, hiring the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's chief intellectual property and antitrust counsel for its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Tuesday.
A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and one of the architects of its leniency program will be joining Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he will focus on criminal antitrust and international cartel cases, the firm announced Wednesday.
Ballard Spahr LLP strengthened its ranks with the addition of an expert chemical patent prosecutor for its Atlanta office and an intellectual property and antitrust specialist with expertise in the hospitality sector in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has snagged a former Federal Trade Commission mergers and acquisitions attorney to join its antitrust team in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Tuesday.
Winston & Strawn LLP has shored up its competition practice in Washington, D.C., by adding Baker & McKenzie LLP's former antitrust practice leader, who has expertise in cartel defense and merger control filings, the firm announced Tuesday.
The former head of Jones Day's London competition practice joined Bingham McCutchen LLP's London office Monday, expanding the firm's global antitrust, competition and trade regulation practice group.
A team of 19 attorneys, including nine partners, has defected from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP to join the French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, leaving Morgan Lewis with just three partners in its Paris office.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Paris branch, Orrick Rambaud Martel, has snagged a former Bird & Bird antitrust and competition attorney who previously led the French Office of Fair Trading’s antitrust unit, the firm announced Tuesday.
Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP has bolstered its business litigation practice by adding a former U.S. Department of Justice False Claims Act specialist to its Minneapolis office, it said Monday.
Belgian law firm Van Bael & Bellis on Wednesday announced its hiring of a veteran antitrust lawyer who has been involved in several much-publicized competition cases, including the European Commission's investigation into deals H. Lundbeck A/S made to prevent generic forms of one of its antidepressants from hitting the market.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has expanded its litigation department with the addition of a 13-year member of the Justice Department who has handled major securities fraud cases and most recently served as chief of the Antitrust Division's New York office, the firm announced Tuesday.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has generally not concerned itself with improper conduct involving embargoed countries. But the SEC’s complaint in the recent Weatherford International Ltd. case suggests that the agency takes the position that inaccurate accounting of transactions with embargoed countries can result in violations of the Exchange Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Earlier this year, the Seventh Circuit found that the Clayton Act’s nationwide service-of-process and venue clauses must be read as an integrated whole — the third federal appeals court to reach this conclusion. The ruling may mark a tipping point, commanding influence within other circuits that have yet to decide whether the Clayton Act permits nationwide venue in antitrust cases, say Stephen Safranski and Mahesha Subbaraman of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Two recent decisions in the Fifth Circuit and the Federal Circuit involving Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. dealt with vicarious liability under the Anti-Kickback Act for subcontractor kickbacks accepted by KBR’s employees. Both decisions are flawed, but they should alert contractors to a serious need to revisit ethics and compliance programs to address kickback situations, says John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.
Five years ago, the Federal Trade Commission waded into the debate regarding the competition issues posed by “follow-on biologics.” Some three years after Congress provided a pathway for approval of such products, no follow-on biologic has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now the FTC is revisiting the issue — particularly state restrictions, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Because Latin American countries differ substantially from one another, there is no effective one-size-fits-all approach to anti-corruption compliance in the region. That said, companies doing business in the region should be aware of a number of recurring compliance concerns that may lead to an increased risk of violating the FCPA or other applicable anti-bribery laws, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court once famously warned against a “literal approach” to the application of the Sherman Act. Literalism, according to the court, is “overly simplistic and often overbroad.” And we learn again in Gulf States Reorganization Group v. Nucor Corp. that a rival’s “lousy” intent alone does not violate the act, says Alan Kusinitz of Proskauer Rose LLP.
Tuomey Healthcare System Inc. recently incurred penalties to the tune of $237.4 million under the False Claims Act. The full consequences of this case for hospitals and physicians have not yet fully developed, but it is clear that compensation arrangements may not take into account the volume or value of referrals of designated health services without running afoul of the Stark Law, says Chris Morrison at GrayRobinson PA.
Historically, the courts have viewed franchise tying arrangements as anti-competitive, yet recent case law reflects a shift in scrutiny and provides franchisors with a sense that the courts may eventually choose to adopt a test that is more in line with a rule-of-reason approach, says Jose Arochi of Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP.