The Federal Trade Commission will start posting data every month on the number of filings its enforcement arm has received to gain regulatory clearance for mergers and acquisitions, keeping the public better apprised of deal activity, the agency said.
The U.S. Supreme Court saw a drop in narrowly divided rulings and more than a few unusual alliances among the justices in a term packed with contentious cases on abortion, immigration, LGBTQ rights and agency authority.
The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation for price-fixing allegations in the generic drug industry has selected a case from state attorneys general to serve as a bellwether along with three private cases centered on individual drugs.
A proposed $232 million deal between AVX, Panasonic and other electronic component manufacturers and a class of direct capacitor buyers has cleared the first hurdle in California federal court toward resolving price-fixing allegations.
Stryker's $4 billion plan to snap up a rival medical technology giant might soon be waved forward by the U.K.'s competition enforcer, which indicated Tuesday that its blessing may be forthcoming.
Google has submitted proposed commitments to address concerns from the European Union's antitrust enforcer about the tech giant's planned $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, according to a posting on the European Commission's website.
Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd. has offered to lower the prices of six cancer medications sold in the European Union by over 70%, in order to address the EU competition authority's concerns over excessive pricing.
The number of female lawyers arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court hit a new low this year. Can the pipeline to these coveted oral argument slots be fixed?
The European Commission said Tuesday it has fined three chemicals and specialty materials companies €260 million ($296 million) after discovering they took part in a cartel plot to fix the price of an industrial chemical.
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Jabra headphones parent GN Netcom Inc. has reached a settlement with audio equipment company Plantronics ending eight-year-old allegations that the Jabra rival monopolized the market through exclusive distribution deals, according to filings made Monday in Delaware federal court.
A Louisiana federal judge ruled Monday that the Pelican State can again amend its suit alleging that Barclays and other big banks conspired to rig prices of bonds issued by government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, mooting a second round of dismissal bids over protestations from banks.
A California federal judge on Monday shot down an effort by New York-based video streaming service Eko to get a temporary injunction that would have forced upstart streaming service Quibi to shut down its "turnstyle" feature.
The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of Power Analytics' antitrust lawsuit over power grid software, noting that a California federal judge gave the company multiple chances to fix its deficiencies "with the patience of a first grader's piano teacher."
The Third Circuit may need to pump the brakes on the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust spat with AbbVie following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to review the agency's authority to order financial restitution, the Philadelphia appeals court said.
A pair of competitive cheerleading gyms hit sports giant Varsity Brands LLC and the sport's governing body, U.S. All Star Federation Inc., with a fresh antitrust lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court Friday, days after dropping a similar proposed class action in California.
A California federal judge on Friday denied telescope maker Celestron's bid to resume sales of products manufactured by a former alleged antitrust co-conspirator, ruling that Celestron hasn't demonstrated why it would be appropriate to modify a temporary restraining order before it expires.
The majority of this term’s dissents came from the court’s right-leaning justices, and many of their sharpest critiques stemmed from suits over Trump administration policies. Here, Law360 looks at some of the fieriest.
The Federal Trade Commission is mulling a motion by Axon Enterprise Inc. to disqualify the agency's in-house judge from an administrative challenge to the company's purchase of a body camera supplier after the judge refused to step aside Friday.
E-cigarette giant Juul Labs Inc. on Friday filed a third action with the U.S. International Trade Commission targeting retailers of "Juul-compatible pods" it claims copy its patented product designs in order to coast on its success.
A California federal judge said last week that he'll likely toss SmileDirectClub's antitrust suit against the members of the state dental board, concluding that what the teledentistry company calls anti-competitive harassment could really just be the regulator doing its job.
A progressive group focused on technology pressed both major U.S. political parties Monday to back its priorities in the 2020 elections on a host of broadband issues including net neutrality, internet privacy, affordable high-speed service and limits on government surveillance.
Justice Stephen Breyer conjured up a baffling hypothetical involving a Roman emperor, Chief Justice John Roberts stepped up his game on popular slang, and a toilet flushed loudly as a Latham & Watkins lawyer discussed constitutional rights. Here, Law360 highlights the most mirthful moments from this past term's U.S. Supreme Court arguments.
One justice again stood out as the chattiest member of the Supreme Court this term. But that jurist's talk was tempered when the coronavirus pandemic forced the court to close its doors and conduct remote oral arguments, which were livestreamed for the first time in history.
A class of buyers that reached a $51 million settlement with Allergan over allegations that it illegally kept generic rivals to its dry eye treatment Restasis off the shelves has asked a New York federal judge for more than $16 million in attorney fees and about $2 million in costs.
Google, Facebook and other U.S. technology platforms are feeling the pressure from a groundswell of attention being paid to antitrust heading into 2020, and while some of the popular sentiment pushes the boundaries of conventional enforcement, more traditional concerns, like the pending merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, are also looming. Here, Law360 looks at key cases in antitrust for the new year.
U.S. antitrust enforcers have a lot on their plates in the new year, scrutinizing major technology platforms even as they weigh mergers involving massive companies not just in the online and privacy spaces but also in pharmaceuticals and investment brokerages.
Despite approving the U.S. Department of Justice deal clearing CVS Health’s purchase of Aetna, the presiding D.C. federal judge couldn’t resist a few parting shots at the agency after months of antagonism, and with a well-placed punctuation mark, the DOJ appears to have returned fire.
The Internal Revenue Service's recent regulations, which confirm that real estate investment trust payouts to regulated investment company shareholders qualify for preferred tax treatment but are silent on publicly traded partnership income, conflict with the statute and congressional intent, says Andrew Howlett at Miller & Chevalier.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission limited the Federal Trade Commission's authority in important ways, and the court's eventual decision in FTC v. Credit Bureau Center could prevent the regulator from seeking disgorgement or restitution altogether, say attorneys at Sidley.
If brand owners can show that consumers perceive a generic term combined with a hashtag as source-identifying, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Booking.com decision — that "generic.com" marks are not automatically unregistrable as trademarks — may just give refused hashtag marks new life, say Paul Thomas and Patricia Cotton at Pillsbury.
A ruling in favor of the defendant in Fast Trak Investment v. Sax, a case recently accepted by the New York Court of Appeals, could enable borrowers to avoid repaying litigation funders by claiming state usury law violations, say attorneys at MoloLamken.
Although many traditional business development activities are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associates should seize the unique opportunities of this time to cultivate business by strengthening their personal and professional relationships, and developing new ones, says Jeremy Schneider at Jackson Lewis.
The issue of creating a special standard for digital platform mergers — discussed at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's recent off-the-record roundtable on trends in the conglomerate effects of mergers — raises several questions, says David Pearl at Axinn.
In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.
When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.
With business development dinners and social events no longer viable for new lateral hires, law firms need a refreshed game plan — one that fully exploits the digital landscape, say Andrew Longstreth and Jesse Dungan at Infinite Global and Michael Coston at Coston Consulting.
While the Federal Trade Commission has expressed that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission supports its asserted disgorgement power, the court's reasoning only underscores why the FTC does not have the power to obtain disgorgement in antitrust and consumer protection cases, say Stephen McIntyre and Sophie Tarazi at O'Melveny.
Cannabis companies should expect that transactions will likely no longer be held to the almost impossibly high antitrust bar that Attorney General William Barr set for them last year, following the adverse publicity associated with recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, say attorneys at Manatt.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Booking.com ruling, practitioners should employ all forms of consumer perception evidence at their disposal when demonstrating that consumers understand an arguably generic term to be a brand, say David Bernstein and Jared Kagan at Debevoise.
With the increasing use of channel-based platforms such as Slack, Messenger and Teams in the work-from-home era, companies should assume they may be compelled to produce channel-based data in litigation and take proactive steps to protect sensitive information, say Jessica Brown and Collin James Vierra at Gibson Dunn.
There is likely to be a pandemic-related increase in acquisitions of companies or assets out of bankruptcy, and it is important to recognize that it is not atypical for the antitrust authorities to investigate and even challenge these transactions, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
The vertical merger guidelines recently issued by the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice offer few details on agency determination of industrywide average retail price and lack clarity on remedies, so the forthcoming agency commentary should fill in the holes, say Koren Wong-Ervin and John Harkrider at Axinn.