Competition

  • April 24, 2018

    EU Seeks To Restore €15M Libor Fine Against UK Broker

    The European Commission has launched an appeal at the European Court of Justice as it seeks to reinstate a fine of nearly €15 million ($18.3 million) it imposed on broker ICAP PLC for alleged breach of antitrust rules after a lower court annulled the penalty.

  • April 23, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Cuts Off Attys, Rebukes Witness

    Closing arguments in the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust challenge to the AT&T-Time Warner merger could come as soon as early next week and for the D.C. federal judge overseeing the case, it appears the end could come none too soon.

  • April 23, 2018

    Puerto Rico Telecom Can't Save Pay-TV Suit At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday shot down a Puerto Rican telecommunications company’s attempt to revive its antitrust suit against a competitor alleging a scheme to keep it out of the pay-TV market, denying its request to hear the case.

  • April 23, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Highlights Tech-Telecom Battle Lines

    The raging debate over net neutrality has turned into a polarizing cage match between the nation’s biggest internet service providers and the country’s most popular online platforms, like Facebook and Netflix. But recent revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica captured millions of Facebook users’ data without permission may convince regulators and lawmakers that online platforms deserve a shorter leash than ISPs.

  • April 23, 2018

    Settlement Talks Fold In Card-Shuffling Antitrust Case

    Settlement talks fell though Monday in an antitrust suit alleging a Las Vegas gambling equipment company illegally monopolized the market for electronic card-shuffling machines. 

  • April 23, 2018

    EU Widens Probe Of Apple's $400M Shazam Deal

    The European Union’s competition watchdog said Monday it will take an in-depth look into Apple’s proposed $400 million acquisition of music-identification app maker Shazam, citing concerns over how Apple might leverage Shazam’s data and software against competitors.

  • April 23, 2018

    Salmon Harvester Appeals Gun-Jumping Fine To Top EU Court

    Marine Harvest ASA, a leading Norwegian salmon farmer, has asked the European Union's highest court to reconsider a €20 million ($24.48 million) fine levied against it by the European Commission for failing to first secure antitrust approval in its 2013 takeover of salmon processor Morpol ASA.

  • April 23, 2018

    Jury Rejects Antitrust Claims Against Grocery Wholesaler

    A Minnesota federal jury has found for C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. in antitrust multidistrict litigation seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, concluding that several Midwestern retail grocers failed to show that the wholesaler agreed to not compete with Supervalu Inc. for customers in the region.

  • April 23, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Who Shot Wife Found Guilty Of Murder

    A former Fisher Phillips LLP partner who fatally shot his wife during a nighttime drive was convicted of felony murder on Monday, with an Atlanta jury rejecting the attorney’s contention that the shooting was an accident.

  • April 23, 2018

    Feds Want Prison For 5 Calif. Foreclosure Auction Riggers

    The U.S. Department of Justice wants up to three years' prison for five real estate investors who admitted to conspiring to rig bids in Bay Area foreclosure auctions, according to sentencing memorandums recently filed in California federal court.

  • April 20, 2018

    DOJ Investigating AT&T, Verizon For Possible Collusion

    AT&T and Verizon are under investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice over their potential coordination with a telecommunications standards organization to keep customers from easily switching carriers, multiple media outlets said Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Cephalon's $125M Antitrust Deal Is Valid, Atty Power Unknown

    A contract outlining terms of Cephalon Inc.’s $125 million settlement, which resolved allegations it paid competitors to delay generic versions of its Provigil drug, is binding and enforceable, a Pennsylvania federal judge said Friday, but left undetermined if an insurer-claimant’s attorneys were authorized to approve the deal.

  • April 20, 2018

    Alnylam, Dicerna Settle Trade Secrets Case Ahead Of Trial

    With a trial looming, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Friday it would shell out $15 million and close to a million shares of common stock to end Massachusetts state and federal court litigation with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. in which both sides accused the other of misappropriating trade secrets for technology related to RNA interference.

  • April 20, 2018

    Vitamin C Importers Urge Less Int’l Deference At High Court

    Vitamin C importers told the U.S. Supreme Court in a brief ahead of oral arguments next week that domestic courts are not required to defer to a foreign government's interpretation of its own laws, in a closely watched price-fixing case set to include participation from both the U.S. and China over the vacating of a $147.8 million judgment.

  • April 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Skeptical Of FCC's Rationale To Restore UHF Break

    A D.C. Circuit panel grilled the Federal Communications Commission Friday over its revival of an obsolete technical distinction that lets broadcasters reach a higher percentage of U.S. households, as the FCC claimed “procedural discretion” for a holistic approach to address what it considers a too-restrictive cap on broadcaster reach.

  • April 20, 2018

    Arnold & Porter Picks Up Antitrust Partner In London

    Arnold & Porter has hired a veteran international arbitration and antitrust litigation attorney with a background in investor state and commercial contract disputes from Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, the firm recently announced. 

  • April 20, 2018

    Black & Decker Licensing Suit Filed Too Late, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday refused to revive an antitrust suit accusing Black & Decker Corp. and a host of other table-saw makers of conspiring not to license technology from SawStop LLC, saying SawStop had waited too long to sue.

  • April 20, 2018

    Mexican Telecom Fined $5M For Competition-Barring Deal

    Mexico's telecommunications regulator has announced over $5 million in fines for a telecommunications company and its mobile phone service subsidiary for inking exclusivity agreements with a financial services firm preventing that company from working with the competition.

  • April 20, 2018

    Passengers Slam Airline's Trial Delay Bid In Price-Fix Spat

    Airline passengers asked a California federal judge on Thursday to reject a request from All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. to delay potentially until 2019 a jury trial in their proposed class action alleging the Japanese carrier participated in a conspiracy to fix prices for long-haul flights to Pacific destinations.

  • April 20, 2018

    Texas AG Settles Boycott Suit Against Dental Supplier

    The Texas Attorney General’s Office settled Thursday a suit alleging a dental supplier was part of an anti-competitive and illegal boycott targeting an online marketplace run by the Texas Dental Association, the third such agreement it has reached.

Expert Analysis

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 2

    Barry Reingold

    The American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting included many sessions on merger enforcement. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the most interesting panels.

  • Coaltrain Ruling Clarifies FERC’s Enforcement Powers

    Michael Brooks

    A federal district court in Ohio recently upheld some of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s penalties against an energy company and its owners for market manipulation. Although the court’s reasoning generally followed the lead of other courts that have recently opined on the scope of FERC’s enforcement authority, there are a number of elements worth noting, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 1

    Shylah Alfonso

    The American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from those sessions.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 2

    Richard Cooper

    Resolution of the standing issues raised in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA may have implications not just for this case, but for whether PDVSA may be bound by the Venezuelan government to any future debt restructuring, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 1

    Richard Cooper

    The documents filed thus far in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA make clear that the standing issues in this case are complicated. The case also presents questions as to whether it will have implications for financial creditors of PDVSA and the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • What Cos. Need To Know About China’s New Market Regulator

    Katherine Wang

    As part of a sweeping government restructuring plan announced last month, China is merging a range of government agencies into the new State Market Regulatory Administration. Multinational companies doing business in China must pay close attention to how functions within the newly consolidated agency will be organized, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.