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Competition

  • November 16, 2018

    NJ Judge Says Prior Politics Won't Bias Him In Grocery Row

    A Republican New Jersey state court judge has declined to recuse himself from a supermarket competition case involving an attorney from his town who supported his Democratic political rivals, ruling that a “reasonable” person wouldn’t find that a 14-year-old election campaign would impact his impartiality.

  • November 16, 2018

    DOJ Wants More Aging Antitrust Judgments Nullified

    The U.S. Department of Justice asked a Virginia federal judge to throw out another five aging antitrust judgments, including one nearly a century old, in an ongoing effort by its competition division to clean house.

  • November 16, 2018

    Intel Facing Indian Competition Probe Over Tech Sharing

    The Competition Commission of India is investigating Intel Corp. for allegedly abusing its dominant market position by refusing to provide an Indian electronics manufacturer with the reference design files needed to produce server boards that are compatible with the electronics giant’s microprocessors.

  • November 16, 2018

    KYB, Maruyasu Get Initial OK For $34M In Parts MDL Deals

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday tentatively approved KYB Corp.’s $29 million deal and Maruyasu Industries Co. Ltd.’s $5.3 million deal to end proposed consumer class actions alleging they conspired to fix the prices of shock absorbers and steel tubes in sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation.

  • November 16, 2018

    BofA, Deutsche Bank Say Sibor-Rigging Suit Falls Short

    Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions asked a New York federal court Friday to toss a suit accusing them of conspiring to manipulate the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate, saying the plaintiffs failed to plausibly allege a conspiracy and that their antitrust claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

  • November 16, 2018

    Senate Shake-Up Could Put Graham Atop Judiciary Panel

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he will take over the Senate Finance Committee next Congress, setting the stage for Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to take over the judiciary panel.

  • November 16, 2018

    Keep Brexit Question Out Of ECJ, UK Urges Supreme Court

    The British government has urged the U.K. Supreme Court to prevent six pro-Remain lawmakers and an attorney from asking Europe’s top court whether Britain can unilaterally reverse the process of exiting the European Union.

  • November 16, 2018

    Ex-Crowe & Dunlevy Director Joins Barnes & Thornburg

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added an experienced trial attorney and the current chair of the Texas Bar’s antitrust and business litigation section as a partner in Dallas, the firm announced.

  • November 15, 2018

    Citibank, JPMorgan Chase Ink $21M SIBOR Rigging Suit Deal

    CitiGroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have agreed to pay nearly $21 million to escape a putative class action over an alleged conspiracy to manipulate the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate, the plaintiffs said in a motion to preliminarily approve the deal in New York federal court Thursday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Verizon Says No Proof It Plotted To Stifle Carrier Switching

    Verizon Communications Inc. urged a New Jersey federal judge Thursday to toss a putative class action alleging it conspired with AT&T and a global telecommunications standards group to limit customers’ access to cellphone carrier-switching technology, saying the consumers didn’t plausibly allege collusion occurred.

  • November 15, 2018

    Direct Capacitor Buyers Win Cert. In Price-Fixing MDL

    Four U.S. companies won their bid to certify a direct buyer class in sprawling multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging dozens of overseas capacitor manufacturers plotted to boost the price of the electronic component in a decadelong scheme.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOJ Sharpens Gov't Fraud Focus, Adds Merger Review Clarity

    The U.S. Department of Justice will sharpen its focus on bringing competition cases in which the government itself has been defrauded by bid-rigging and similar conduct, DOJ Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim said in a speech Thursday, adding that the agency would seek triple damages when defendants refuse to settle.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pharma Cos. Must Hand Over Generic Restasis Plans In MDL

    A federal judge has denied three pharmaceutical companies' move to quash subpoenas for information on their plans to make generic substitutes of Allergan’s drug Restasis in multidistrict litigation over its alleged efforts to delay the generic versions’ launch, saying in-house counsel can view the data without compromising confidentiality.

  • November 15, 2018

    EU Court Says UK Energy Subsidy Award Unlawful

    The United Kingdom should not have been awarded state aid from the European Union to subsidize backup power to support its grid during the winter, an EU court ruled Thursday, finding the union's antitrust arm failed to investigate whether green energy companies were being shut out.

  • November 15, 2018

    Judge Won't Quash AGs' Subpoenas In Generic Pricing MDL

    The New York and Connecticut attorneys general can keep sending subpoenas to drugmakers as part of their broader investigations into generic-drug price-fixing, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled, despite the drug companies’ concern the investigations were circumventing the discovery process for a sprawling multidistrict litigation.

  • November 15, 2018

    Judge Wants More Info On Citi's $10M Deal In Forex Rig Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday rejected a $9.95 million settlement between Citigroup and a proposed class of investors who say it was among a dozen big banks that allowed fraud to go undetected in wholesale foreign exchange markets, saying she needed to know more.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOJ Cuts Deal With Hospital In Patient-Steering Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has struck a deal with a North Carolina hospital system in the department’s suit alleging the health care network used its stronghold in the local market to keep major health insurers from informing patients about lower-cost hospitals.

  • November 15, 2018

    CMA May Be Sacrificing Quality For Price, Consultants Warn

    Investment consultants and their auditors challenged proposals made by the Competition and Markets Authority on Thursday, warning that a requirement for institutional investors to hold competitive bids when appointing asset managers may lead to pensions trustees sacrificing quality for cheaper advice.

  • November 15, 2018

    Swiss Watchdog Probes Banks' Suspected Payments Boycott

    Switzerland’s competition watchdog said Thursday it has raided the offices of five financial institutions, including the Swiss arms of UBS and Credit Suisse, which it suspects of boycotting phone payment systems offered by companies such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

  • November 15, 2018

    Financial Services Hopeful After UK Reaches Brexit Deal

    The U.K. financial services sector believes that a smooth regulatory transition is more likely after Prime Minister Theresa May secured a breakthrough draft Brexit agreement, as an attorney said Thursday the deal is "probably as much as we could hope for."

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • A Victory For Legal Privilege In Cross-Border Investigations

    Antonia Apps

    The U.K. Court of Appeal's recent decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources is a substantial step toward confirming the application of legal privilege in internal investigations, and has significantly reduced the divergence in U.K. and U.S. privilege law, say attorneys with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 8

    Barry Reingold

    The fifth hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed vertical mergers and the consumer welfare standard. Barry Reingold of Perkins Coie LLP offers some key takeaways.

  • DOJ's Yates Memo Has Little Effect On Antitrust Division

    Eric Meiring

    Since the Yates memo on individual accountability for corporate crimes was issued in 2015, the overall number of criminal antitrust cases is down significantly, and the prosecutions of Steppig, Maruyasu and Lischewski illustrate the policy's lack of lasting impact, say Eric Meiring and Brandon Duke of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.