Competition

  • May 23, 2018

    Comcast Plans To Top Disney With Cash Offer For Fox Assets

    Comcast Corp. on Wednesday said it's considering a cash deal to buy the assets 21st Century Fox agreed to sell to California-based Walt Disney Co. last year, the latest bid by the cable giant to usurp Fox's dealmaking.

  • May 22, 2018

    Airlines Blast Dallas Proposal For Gate Use At Love Field

    Delta Air Lines Inc., Southwest Airlines Co., American Airlines Inc., United Airlines Inc. and Virgin America Inc. have each told a Texas federal judge they oppose a city of Dallas plan for assigning gate space at Love Field airport.

  • May 22, 2018

    Airbus Claims It’s Now Complying With WTO Subsidy Ruling

    Following a ruling from the World Trade Organization last week that the European Union continued providing illegal subsidies to aircraft giant Airbus in defiance of an earlier WTO ruling, the jet maker announced Tuesday that it is now in compliance.

  • May 22, 2018

    FCC Says Justices Need Not Review Spectrum Discount Row

    The Federal Communications Commission has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a certiorari petition from two telecom companies that claim they were wrongly denied spectrum license discounts, saying ongoing proceedings the companies themselves requested could render the case moot.

  • May 22, 2018

    NCAA Settlement Objector Asks 9th Circ. To Curb Attys' Fees

    A former Division I football player fighting the $42 million legal fee award in the NCAA’s $209 million settlement with scholarship athletes told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that class counsel can’t justify a bumper windfall in a “megafund” case.

  • May 22, 2018

    FCC Opens Comment Period On Sinclair-Tribune Merger

    The Federal Communications Commission has announced it is moving forward with a public comment period on Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co., setting the stage for the next phase of the controversial merger.

  • May 22, 2018

    EU Officials Grill Zuckerberg On Privacy, Antitrust, Legacy

    European lawmakers laid into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday for his company’s data privacy failings and raised the prospect of breaking up the social network, which some suggested had amassed an unfair share of power online.

  • May 22, 2018

    Chicken Of The Sea, Walmart Settle In Tuna Price-Fix MDL

    Chicken of the Sea International on Tuesday said it has reached a cash settlement with Walmart Inc. to resolve antitrust claims related to a multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging a widespread tuna price-fixing conspiracy.

  • May 22, 2018

    Passengers Slam All Nippon's Bid To Duck Price-Fixing MDL

    Airline passengers on Monday told a California federal judge that All Nippon Airways cannot try to distance itself from travel agents that set fares on its behalf to dodge multidistrict litigation alleging it conspired with other airlines to fix prices on long-haul flights to Asia-Pacific destinations.

  • May 21, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Urge Court To Reject Indie Network Input

    AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. urged a D.C. federal court on Monday to reject an independent television network’s bid to weigh in on the challenge of their planned $85 billion deal, saying that the government's case does not allege any harm to content creators.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Opens 'Transparency' Portal Before Net Neutrality Sunset

    The Federal Communications Commission has put in place another piece of the framework for the agency's net neutrality deregulation, revealing Monday that the FCC opened a portal for internet service providers to disclose their web traffic-management practices.

  • May 21, 2018

    Highmark Fights Cert. In Antitrust Suit Over Insurance Rates

    Highmark Inc. slammed a hotel company’s bid for class certification in an antitrust row over allegations the health insurer conspired with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to restrict competition for small-group insurance plans, saying Friday in Pennsylvania federal court the company failed to identify an “ascertainable” class.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Shot Clock Bill Unlikely To Speed Merger Reviews

    A bill that would lock federal agencies into tighter merger review procedures found new life in the U.S. Senate last week, but experts are divided on how effective such a measure could be in speeding up media merger approvals at the Federal Communications Commission.

  • May 21, 2018

    UK Minister Says Intervention Unlikely In Comcast's Sky Bid

    The U.K. government is unlikely to intervene in Comcast Corp.’s proposed $31 billion acquisition of British broadcasting and telecom giant Sky PLC after an initial review found the merger does not raise public interest concerns about media ownership, Matt Hancock, the U.K.’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said in a statement Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Gilead Again Pushes To Block Truvada Generic

    Gilead Sciences Inc. and Emory University accused Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. in Delaware federal court Friday of infringing two of their patents covering the HIV treatment Truvada, the latest in a series of lawsuits attempting to block a generic version of the blockbuster drug.

  • May 21, 2018

    $309M In Deutsche, Barclays, HSBC Euribor Deals OK'd

    A Manhattan federal judge gave a final nod Friday to $309 million in investor settlements with Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays PLC and HSBC Holdings PLC over allegations they manipulated the Euro Interbank Offered Rate, earmarking $68.7 million of the amount for attorneys' fees.

  • May 18, 2018

    FTC Admin. Judge Says Endo-Impax Opana Deal Is Lawful

    A patent deal in which Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. paid generic-drug maker Impax Laboratories Inc. to forgo launching a generic version of an opioid pain medication did not violate consumer protection statutes, a Federal Trade Commission administrative law judge ruled Friday, because the settlement’s pro-competitive benefits outweighed its anti-competitive harms.

  • May 18, 2018

    Illinois Bell Wants Old Claims From Telecom's Suit Nixed

    Illinois Bell and other Bell affiliates urged a Missouri federal judge Thursday to drop claims that they owe Level 3 Communications LLC more than $24 million in their dispute over the price charged for essential telecommunications wires, arguing the claims are too old.

  • May 18, 2018

    House Again Mulls Bill Clearing DOJ To Sue OPEC

    Economic and antitrust experts at a House subcommittee hearing Friday largely endorsed the latest version of legislation authorizing the Department of Justice to sue OPEC for conspiring to inflate oil prices, leading to soaring gas prices for American consumers.

  • May 18, 2018

    Egg Producers And Purchasers At Odds In Price-Fixing Trial

    Egg suppliers urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to grant them a win in multidistrict litigation that accuses them of conspiring to fix egg prices, saying evidence presented during the ongoing trial does not show they were part of a scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • ​A Wage-Analysis Primer For Antitrust Attorneys: Part 2

    Stephen Bronars

    Four challenges often arise in modeling wages for pay discrimination cases, and modeling wages across multiple firms in a no-poaching context further complicates matters, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • ​A Wage-Analysis Primer For Antitrust Attorneys: Part 1

    Stephen Bronars

    As the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division attempts to prosecute no-poach and wage-fixing agreements, the wage analyses that are frequently used in employment discrimination cases will become increasingly relevant in the antitrust arena, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • FDA Notices Show Agency Is All In On Tobacco Regulation

    Paul Cicelski

    In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three advanced notices of proposed rulemaking on tobacco, nicotine, flavors in tobacco products and premium cigars. Advertisers and manufacturers of tobacco products seeking to help the FDA craft better, more representative rules must provide comments to the agency by mid-June, says Paul Cicelski of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Has A New Leader

    Tara Reinhart

    For the first time in many years, the deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division will come from outside the Antitrust Division. The appointment of Richard A. Powers is important because he could stay in the role well beyond this administration, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • ITC’s Amended Section 337 Rules Streamline Investigations

    Jordan Coyle

    Late last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued long-awaited final amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure pertaining to investigations under Section 337 of the Tariff Act. Jordan Coyle and Diana Szego Fassbender of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP analyze the most significant amendments and the circumstances surrounding them, and offer key practice tips.

  • A Proposed Approach For High Court In Vitamin C Case

    Michael Kimberly

    It is safe to expect a narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in Animal Science v. Hebei, instructing lower courts not to give conclusive deference to foreign sovereigns’ legal submissions. But it would be more sensible to instruct U.S. courts to assess whether these submissions are entitled to any deference in their country of origin and, if so, to give them that deference, say Michael Kimberly and Matthew Waring of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • The Future Of Antitrust Claims At The ITC

    Matthew Rizzolo

    In March, the U.S. International Trade Commission's dismissal of U.S. Steel’s complaint caused some to question whether there remained a viable path for antitrust-based claims at the ITC. But the initiation of an antitrust-based Section 337 investigation just days later shows that the door for antitrust claims at the ITC has not closed, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.