Competition

  • December 14, 2017

    Startups Need Education On CFIUS Concerns, House Panel Told

    The government must work to educate tech startups on potential national security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States oversight issues raised by early stage investments from foreign companies, a former high-ranking Treasury Department official now with WilmerHale told the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday.

  • December 14, 2017

    Questions Linger For SFO Amid Reforms And Hunt For New Head

    After years of questions about its future, the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office won a reprieve this week as the government began hunting for the agency's new leader amid a broader plan to get more aggressive on economic crime. But questions remain about just how independent the prosecutor would be once the government creates a new white collar crime fighter.

  • December 14, 2017

    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Saul P. Morgenstern

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Saul P. Morgenstern has spent the past year defending a trove of industry giants, from Penguin Group to Norfolk Southern, against individual and class action antitrust claims while helping others nip claims in the bud, landing him among Law360’s 2017 Competition MVPs.

  • December 13, 2017

    Partial Win Likely For Celgene In Mylan Antitrust Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge indicated Wednesday that she would give Celgene Corp. a partial win in an antitrust suit from Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. over cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid, saying Celgene likely could be held liable for its conduct after Mylan received approval of testing protocols but not before.

  • December 13, 2017

    ND Physician Group Merger Halted For FTC Review

    A North Dakota federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday blocking a proposed merger between a pair of health care providers in the state until the matter could be reviewed at a scheduled Federal Trade Commission administrative hearing in January.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blumenthal Asks DOJ To Reopen Comcast-NBCU Review

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Wednesday urged the U.S. Department of Justice to consider extending soon-to-expire conditions on Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal, citing the antitrust enforcer's recent challenge to AT&T's bid for Time Warner and the impending demise of net neutrality rules.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ex-Deutsche Bank Trader's Libor Case Tainted, Judge Told

    Lawyers for former Deutsche Bank AG trader Gavin Black sought to undermine the U.S. Department of Justice in a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday at a hearing in which the government must show its London Interbank Offered Rate-rigging case wasn’t tainted by Black’s compelled testimony in the U.K.

  • December 13, 2017

    Dentons Adds Ex-Mayer Brown Partners To DC Team

    Dentons has announced the addition of a pair of former Mayer Brown LLP partners to the litigation and dispute resolution teams at its Washington, D.C., office, where they will focus on insurance and financial litigation issues.

  • December 13, 2017

    Mass. Launches Review Of Massive Hospital Tie-Up

    The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission on Tuesday kicked off a review of a proposed merger between multiple hospital systems that would create the second-largest health care network in the state.

  • December 13, 2017

    Lufthansa Backs Off Air Berlin As EasyJet Takes Some Routes

    Lufthansa said Wednesday it is bowing to concerns raised by antitrust authorities and scrapping its plans to purchase one of two subsidiaries from bankrupt Air Berlin, one day after watchdogs approved easyJet's purchase of some of the airline's Berlin operations.

  • December 13, 2017

    Rubber Co. To Pay $12M To End Auto Parts Price-Fixing Suit

    A Japanese rubber company has agreed to pay a group of automobile dealerships $11.9 million to settle claims of price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts market, according to a deal that was preliminarily approved by a Michigan federal judge Tuesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Samsung Win In Patent Antitrust Suit

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision to toss a patent-holding company’s antitrust suit accusing Samsung of conspiring with others to avoid licensing its smartphone patent, rejecting the patent holder’s arguments it had been unlawfully denied royalties.

  • December 13, 2017

    MVP: Susman Godfrey's Marc Seltzer

    Susman Godfrey LLP's Marc Seltzer secured hundreds of millions of dollars in antitrust settlements over the past year for auto parts buyers in the massive price-fixing litigation and animators fighting the likes of Disney and Pixar over alleged “no poach” deals, landing him among Law360's 2017 Competition MVPs.

  • December 12, 2017

    Flextronics ‘Screwed Up’ By Missing Opt-Out, Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Tuesday she doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for Flextronics’ failure to opt out of Maxell, NEC, Panasonic and Toshiba’s $49.85 million settlement with a class of direct purchasers of lithium-ion batteries, saying the electronics manufacturer “screwed up” by missing the opt-out deadline and it’s now scrambling.

  • December 12, 2017

    Retailers Settle Claims Against Teikoku In Lidoderm MDL

    A handful of retailers, including Walgreen Co., Rite Aid Corp., CVS Pharmacy Inc. and Kroger Co., told a California federal court Tuesday that they have settled claims against Japanese pharmaceutical company Teikoku and a domestic subsidiary in antitrust multidistrict litigation over the Lidoderm pain patch.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ex-Trump Adviser Wants To Weigh In On AT&T Merger Row

    Former Trump administration campaign volunteer Carter Page asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday if he could weigh in on the government’s challenge of AT&T’s proposed Time Warner deal, saying that he can provide unique insight into how media conglomerates wield their power.

  • December 12, 2017

    Mexican Antitrust Watchdog Fines Latex Glove Makers $13M

    Mexico’s antitrust commission on Monday levied fines equaling more than $13 million against five latex glove manufacturers and almost a dozen individuals stemming from a coordinated effort to rig bids for various products used by the Mexican public health sector. 

  • December 12, 2017

    Mexico Rebuffs Magnet Wire JV Over Market Share Concerns

    A Mexican regulatory authority on Tuesday denied approval of U.S.-based Rea Magnet Wire Co. Inc.'s joint venture with a unit of a Mexican industrial company due to concern that the deal would lead to increased prices and impede competition.

  • December 12, 2017

    Pharma Cos. Settle Pa. Skelaxin Pay-For-Delay Fight

    Generics maker SigmaPharm Inc. has settled a Pennsylvania state lawsuit accusing Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. Inc. of conspiring with Pfizer unit King Pharmaceuticals Inc. to suppress the release of generic forms of the muscle relaxant Skelaxin, according to an order docketed Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    MVP: White & Case's Christopher Curran

    White & Case LLP’s Christopher M. Curran continued his work for Toshiba Corp. this year, defending against a series of alleged cartel cases involving electronic components, and he also scored a big win for Nestle Purina Petcare Co. in a suit over the pricing of prescription pet food, landing him a spot among Law360's 2017 Competition MVPs.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • What To Make Of CVS-Aetna And Other Megadeals

    Randy Gordon

    Under one view, large-scale mergers like the one proposed between CVS and Aetna are fine so long as they don’t restrict consumer choices and stifle innovation. But from another view, “bigness” can be an evil in its own right, says Randy Gordon of Crowe & Dunlevy PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Warnings Against Global Patent Licensing Remedies

    Koren Wong-Ervin

    Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development held a roundtable on extraterritorial remedies, including on global portfolio-wide remedies in antitrust patent licensing cases. Koren Wong-Ervin, director of IP and competition policy at Qualcomm Inc., reviews some of the public statements made by speakers at the off-the-record event.

  • The Johnson Conviction And Fallout For Forex Market

    Paul Hinton

    The recent conviction of former HSBC foreign exchange executive Mark Johnson has shocked market participants and could lead to a reduction in liquidity for block trades in the foreign exchange and other over-the-counter markets, say members of The Brattle Group and AGN Advisory.

  • Opinion

    Leave The Never-Was-Neutral Net Alone

    Doug Hass

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.

  • Putting China’s Fair Competition Review System Into Action

    Shelley Zhang

    Five competition-related authorities recently issued another “top-level design" for promoting implementation of China’s Fair Competition Review System, which should contribute to achieving the Chinese government's goals of regulating the activities of government agencies and maintaining fair competition in markets, say Shelley Zhang and David Goldstein of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.