Competition

  • July 26, 2017

    NFL Cheerleaders Look To Revive Wage-Suppression Suit

    NFL cheerleaders on Wednesday appealed to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s decision last week denying them a chance to amend a lawsuit alleging the league and a majority of its teams unlawfully conspired to suppress their wages, after the judge said attempts to fix the claims are “futile.”

  • July 26, 2017

    Global Cartel Fines Down In 2017, Report Says

    Antitrust regulators this year have dished out far fewer cartel fines than a year earlier as investigations into the automotive and financial industries wind down, but pharmaceutical companies may soon be subject to closer regulatory looks, according to a report Tuesday by Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • July 26, 2017

    Qualcomm Fires Back In Quest For IPhone Block In IP War

    Qualcomm struck back in the International Trade Commission on Monday against Apple, Intel and others opposing its effort to block imports of iPhones that allegedly infringe Qualcomm patents, arguing the companies mounted a “coordinated effort” to blow legitimate infringement claims out of proportion.

  • July 26, 2017

    Coscelli Tapped To Lead UK Antitrust Watchdog Through Brexit

    The acting chief of the U.K.'s antitrust enforcer, Andrea Coscelli, got the nod Wednesday to take over the role on a permanent basis as the agency faces the possibility of a growing workload once the U.K. leaves the European Union.

  • July 26, 2017

    NJ Justices Underscore Limits To Blocking Discovery Bids

    A New Jersey Supreme Court decision allowing hospitals to secure documents from Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. in litigation over the insurer’s tiered coverage plan should serve as a warning to lower appellate courts to largely avoid tackling whether an ongoing lawsuit will succeed when weighing bids to force discovery, experts say.

  • July 26, 2017

    Bayer-Monsanto Tie-Up Would Hurt Competition, Groups Say

    The American Antitrust Institute, Food & Water Watch and National Farmers Union sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Wednesday urging it to block Bayer AG’s attempt to buy Monsanto Co. for $66 billion, claiming the union would be bad for competition.

  • July 26, 2017

    Clariant, Celanese Raided In EU Ethylene Cartel Probe

    Switzerland-based Clariant AG and units of Texas-headquartered Celanese Corp. were among the companies raided by the European Union’s antitrust watchdog in May as part of an ongoing investigation into cartel behavior in the ethylene purchasing market, the companies said Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    NJ Attys, ShopRite Must Face Accusations Over 'Sham' Suit

    A New Jersey state appellate court revived a suit alleging the parent company of ShopRite supermarkets and its former attorneys filed a sham lawsuit to block a shopping center development that would include a Walmart, saying the underlying suit was part of a pattern of flimsy lawsuits by the company targeting potential competitors.

  • July 26, 2017

    MasterCard Win Cools Funders' Fever For UK Class Actions

    MasterCard's recent win in a £14 billion antitrust case in the U.K.'s new class action forum is a loss for litigation funders eager for a slice of massive potential recoveries in antitrust actions in the country, raising questions about whether similar cases can gain traction there and trigger payouts for investors, experts said.

  • July 26, 2017

    EU Agrees To UK Gov’t £835M State Aid Plan For RBS

    The European Union and the U.K. government have agreed on plans in principle for state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland PLC that avoid forcing the bank to sell off a subsidiary, a divestment that was originally a condition of its financial-crisis era bailout, the EU said Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    German Auto Giants Hit With Antitrust Suit Amid EU Probe

    German luxury vehicle manufacturers including Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have spent two decades conspiring to increase the prices of their automobiles, a proposed class of drivers told a New Jersey federal court, basing their antitrust claims on alleged admissions made to European regulators.

  • July 26, 2017

    AMC Beats Rival IPic's Antitrust Suit In Texas State Court

    A Texas state court on Tuesday handed theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. an early win in an antitrust suit brought by rival iPic-Gold Class Entertainment LLC alleging AMC colluded with Regal Entertainment Group to prevent smaller venues from showing first-run films.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Lieff Cabraser's Lin Y. Chan

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP partner Lin Y. Chan has notched several important victories for clients in competition cases, including some of the most significant settlements with chemical and pharmaceutical companies in recent memory, placing her among the five competition law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    DOJ's Antitrust Division Adds New Deputy Assistant AG

    Former Federal Trade Commission economics director and professor at Vanderbilt University Luke M. Froeb has joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division, leaving two spots vacant to round out top roles.

  • July 25, 2017

    UK MasterCard Ruling Won't Doom Young Class Regime

    The first two suits brought under the U.K.'s young antitrust class action regime have fallen short, but attorneys say the competition court's recent rejection of a £14 billion consumer suit over MasterCard's swipe fees doesn't portend failure for the nascent system.

  • July 25, 2017

    Air Cargo Cos. Appeal Renewed €776 EU Price-Fixing Fines

    KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa and eight other air cargo carriers on Monday appealed a renewed decision by the European Union’s antitrust watchdog that found they had participated in a price-fixing cartel and re-imposed some €776 million ($904 million) in fines.

  • July 25, 2017

    Qualcomm Strikes Back At Apple’s Expanded Royalty Suit

    Qualcomm has asked a California federal court to dismiss claims surrounding nine patents that it says aren’t in dispute in Apple’s suit accusing the chipmaker of demanding excessive royalties for the use of its chips in iPhones and similar devices.

  • July 25, 2017

    Banks Say Top Court Ruling Cuts Against SIBOR-Rigging Suit

    A group of foreign banks accused of rigging the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate and another financial benchmark told a New York federal judge on Monday that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on jurisdiction strengthens their argument for dismissal, contrary to what plaintiffs have said.

  • July 25, 2017

    Retailers Seek Docs Given To FTC In Aggrenox MDL

    Humana and retailers including Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. that are suing pharmaceutical companies over their alleged role in a scheme to block generic alternatives to stroke-prevention drug Aggrenox on Monday urged a Connecticut federal court to require the drugmakers to give them documents recently turned over to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • July 25, 2017

    Concrete Cos. Accused Of Cementing Cartels

    Two concrete companies on Monday brought a lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta alleging several rivals participated in two separate but related cartels in the portland cement and ready mix concrete markets in Georgia and South Carolina.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 2nd Circ. Libor Ruling Won’t Slow Cross-Border Enforcement

    Jason Linder

    Many commentators predict the Second Circuit's Allen decision last week will substantially chill the government's cross-border law enforcement efforts, but the truth is that the government won't have to make major changes to its increasingly robust coordination with foreign law enforcement to avoid similar problems in the future, say Jason Linder and John Long of Irell & Manella LLP.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • What To Expect From Antitrust Under Trump

    Edwin S. Rockefeller

    President Donald Trump's nomination of Makan Delrahim to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division provides little indication of what will become of antitrust. But there are other possible clues as to what may be ahead, says attorney Edwin S. Rockefeller.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.