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Competition

  • October 11, 2018

    Impax Reverse Payment About Dodging Competition, FTC Told

    Federal Trade Commission staff attorneys urged the commission in oral arguments Thursday to revive a pay-for-delay case against Impax over the opioid pain medication Opana ER, arguing that brandmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s payment of more than $100 million to the generics company was meant to avoid competition.

  • October 11, 2018

    Stars Group Gets Greenlight For $4.7B Sky Betting Buy

    United Kingdom antitrust authorities on Thursday announced they had cleared Canadian gaming company Stars Group Inc.’s $4.7 billion purchase of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners, creating what has been billed as the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming company.

  • October 11, 2018

    Vehicle Registration Co. Must Show Docs In Antitrust MDL

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to quash a digital registration company's request for discovery from a vehicle information services firm in antitrust multidistrict litigation, saying the pretrial process shouldn't stop just because the case might eventually get dismissed.

  • October 11, 2018

    Atlantic Air Travel Agreement Faces UK Antitrust Review

    The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday it has launched an investigation into a partnership covering trans-Atlantic air routes between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair, in advance of the 2020 expiration of European Union regulatory requirements on the partnership.

  • October 11, 2018

    Grassley Seeks FTC Probe Of Hospital, Insurer Contracts

    The Federal Trade Commission should immediately look into allegations that hospitals are driving up health care costs by nailing down anti-competitive, high-price contracts with insurers, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the agency Wednesday.

  • October 11, 2018

    HTC Told To Reveal Google Transaction Records To Ericsson

    HTC must hand over records of a Google transaction in its lawsuit accusing Ericsson of overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, after a judge said the information may aid Ericsson's counterclaims accusing the Taiwanese smartphone maker of offering unfair licensing rates.

  • October 11, 2018

    5G Boost From T-Mobile Merger Said To Benefit Taxpayers

    A national tax reform group has endorsed the proposed merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc., telling the Federal Communications Commission that combining the telecoms will help them roll out 5G networks and save taxpayers money by reducing subsidies.

  • October 11, 2018

    UK Watchdog Orders Breakup Of Laundry Co. Merger

    The United Kingdom’s competition watchdog said Thursday that a recent merger between laundry companies must be broken up because it has reduced competition for the supply of managed laundry services to higher education providers.

  • October 11, 2018

    Court Urged To Decertify Class In Hospital Price Hike Row

    NorthShore University HealthSystem has again sought class decertification in an antitrust suit accusing it of harming the market for acute-care inpatient services, saying the latest class representative doesn’t pass muster.

  • October 11, 2018

    Blue Cross Insurer, LabCorp Beat STD-Testing Antitrust Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed an antitrust suit brought by a lab testing company that alleged Independence Blue Cross and LabCorp worked together to eliminate competition for testing of sexually transmitted diseases in the state, saying that a contractual obligation is not an antitrust violation.

  • October 11, 2018

    AmEx Aims To Toss Amended Claims In Card-Steering Row

    American Express asked a Brooklyn federal court Thursday to toss multidistrict litigation accusing the company of violating antitrust law by preventing merchants from steering their customers toward competing cards, saying the vendors have failed to state a claim in an amended complaint and that their allegations are otherwise barred for various reasons.

  • October 10, 2018

    Abuse Scandals May Put Olympic Antitrust Immunity In Doubt

    A senator's threat last week to look into stripping the U.S. Olympic Committee of its antitrust protection if it fails to reform amid a series of sexual abuse scandals could upend the way U.S. Olympics sports have been organized and funded for decades.

  • October 10, 2018

    Forex 'Cartel' Traders Cheated The Market, Jury Hears

    Using a private chatroom dubbed “the cartel,” three former foreign currency exchange traders for Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. units colluded to suppress competition in the forex market, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday as the trio's criminal forex-rigging trial began.

  • October 10, 2018

    Investor Says Teva Pharma Lied About Price-Hike Scheme

    A Swedish investment firm Wednesday accused Teva Pharmaceuticals in Connecticut federal court of lying to shareholders about an alleged scheme to pump up its share prices through a series of unsustainable price hikes that ultimately resulted in a spate of antitrust suits and the collapse of its market value.

  • October 10, 2018

    UK Antitrust Regulator Clears Power Co. Merger

    The United Kingdom's antitrust watchdog agreed Wednesday to a merger between two natural gas and electricity companies, concluding that the crowded field of domestic British retail energy companies will continue to give consumers "plenty of choice" after the tie-up.

  • October 10, 2018

    Greece Fines Unilever €27M For Abuse In Margarine Market

    Greece's competition watchdog said Wednesday that it had fined a Unilever unit €27.6 million ($31.8 million) for abusing its dominance in the market for margarine by imposing unfair restrictions on retailers and wholesalers.

  • October 10, 2018

    Shearman & Sterling Lures Merger Veteran From FTC

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has brought on a veteran Federal Trade Commission litigator to be a partner in its antitrust practice in Washington, D.C.

  • October 10, 2018

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Golf Ball-Tracking Technology Suit

    A high-tech golf range startup can't pursue claims that a rival squeezed it out of the market by nabbing key golf ball-tracking technology because its antitrust suit only speculated about future injury, the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Japan Ends Airbnb Antitrust Probe After Listing Rule Waived

    Japan’s antitrust watchdog announced Wednesday that it was closing a monopoly investigation into Airbnb after the home-sharing giant waived its right to enforce contract restrictions barring third-party lodging management providers from using its competitors to list accommodations.

  • October 10, 2018

    CVS To Sell Medicare Plan To Win $69B Aetna Deal Clearance

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that it has cleared CVS Health Corp.’s planned $69 billion deal for health insurer Aetna Inc. after the companies agreed to sell off a Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: An MDL Breakup

    Alan Rothman

    At its most recent meeting, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a decision separating and remanding an individual plaintiff's claims from an ongoing data breach MDL. Practitioners should note this example of the panel's power to break up an MDL and sever claims that, in its view, do not belong in such a proceeding, says Alan Rothman of Arnold Porter.

  • How US Class Actions Take Off To The 'Great White North'

    Jean-Marc Leclerc

    For relatively little added investment, it is possible for U.S. class action attorneys to partner with a Canadian firm to start a parallel case in Canada. Jean-Marc Leclerc of Sotos LLP compares class actions in Canada and the U.S., discusses cases where a parallel action should be considered, and addresses fee arrangements.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 2

    Jon B. Jacobs

    The Federal Trade Commission hearing on Friday featured two panels discussing the state of U.S. antitrust law and one panel on monopsony power. Jon B. Jacobs and Barry Reingold of Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 1

    Barry Reingold

    Last week, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of public hearings on competition and consumer protection issues. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from the three panel discussions.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.