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Competition

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    CVS-Aetna Judge To DOJ Attys: 'Roll Up Your Sleeves'

    A D.C. federal judge Friday ripped into the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust attorneys who have been pushing him to approve CVS Health Corp.’s purchase of Aetna Inc. assets after they filed a status report claiming they cannot work on the case until the government shutdown ends.

  • January 11, 2019

    Apple Exec Rips Qualcomm's Chip 'Stranglehold' In FTC Trial

    Apple's vice president of procurement criticized Qualcomm's business practices during day four of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations against the chipmaker Friday, testifying that Qualcomm developed a “stranglehold” over Apple and tried to charge "gouged" chip prices, which pushed Apple to end their exclusive chip supply deal.

  • January 11, 2019

    Texas Hospital System Must Face Doc’s $19M Antitrust Suit

    A Texas federal judge refused Thursday to toss a doctor’s $19.2 million antitrust suit accusing Baptist Healthcare System Inc. of excluding him and 70 percent of pediatric anesthesiologists in the San Antonio, Texas, area from working at its hospitals.

  • January 11, 2019

    Heir Locator's Anti-Per Se Arguments Already Rejected: DOJ

    To salvage a criminal antitrust case against an heir-locating business, the U.S. Department of Justice continued to push a Utah federal judge Thursday to impose the easier-to-prove per se test to show that the company's alleged decision to divvy up its market with a competitor was illegal.

  • January 11, 2019

    Logistics Co.'s No-Hire Clause Invalid: Pa. Appeals Court

    A Pittsburgh logistics company can't enforce part of a contract that bars a shipping company from hiring its employees, in part because its business interests are already protected by another clause barring the shipper from poaching its customers, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled in a precedential opinion Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Fox Says No Plans To Buy Back Sports Networks From Disney

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. told U.S. financial regulators Friday it has no plans to bid on any of the regional sports networks Walt Disney Co. will spin off from its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets.

  • January 11, 2019

    FTC Must Appear In AndroGel Case Despite Shutdown

    A Georgia federal judge on Thursday ordered the Federal Trade Commission to appear at a hearing for its long-running case accusing drugmakers of conspiring to delay generic versions of the testosterone drug AndroGel, despite a government shutdown that has the agency running on a skeleton crew.

  • January 11, 2019

    AG Nominee Promises Recusal In Time-AT&T Merger Case

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he would recuse himself from the U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger if he were confirmed, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    DOJ To Take Closer Look At $35B Harris, L3 Deal

    Government contractors Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies Inc. disclosed Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice has asked for more information about their planned $35 billion merger of equals, which stands to create the sixth-largest defense company in the country.

  • January 11, 2019

    Banking Giants Hit With UK Suit Over Forex Rigging

    Hundreds of institutional investors have accused Barclays, HSBC and four other banking giants in London's High Court of conspiring to rig the foreign exchange market, seeking billions of dollars in damages for antitrust violations.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    5th Circ. Says Humana Can't Seal Docs In Antitrust Row

    The Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that Humana can't keep under seal documents that a Louisiana federal court has ordered it to file public but redacted versions of in an antitrust row, finding that the insurer didn't have a good reason to seal the documents to begin with.

  • January 10, 2019

    Airline Merger Trial Preparing For Takeoff In Bankruptcy Court

    A suit seeking to unwind the long-closed merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways is heading to trial before a bankruptcy judge in an unusual case that pairs the already rare private post-closing challenge with an even more uncommon forum for antitrust actions.

  • January 10, 2019

    White & Case, Allen & Overy Attys Among 108 Named QC

    Veteran lawyers from Allen & Overy LLP, White & Case LLP and 2 Hare Court are among the 108 new appointees named Thursday to receive the rank of Queen's Counsel, including several barristers specializing in corporate crime, banking, insurance and international arbitration.

  • January 10, 2019

    High Court Asked To Hear Calif. State Action Antitrust Case

    The Ninth Circuit was wrong to rule that state action immunity shields California municipalities from antitrust allegations, an ambulance operator told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2019

    Forex Investors Want $300M Fee Objector To Post Bond

    An investor class that has secured $2.3 billion in settlements over claims that 15 banks plotted to rig benchmarking rates in the foreign exchange markets told a New York federal court that the lone objector to the $300 million attorneys' fees award should have to post bond.

  • January 10, 2019

    HSBC Offers $30M, 'Chat' Evidence To Settle Bond-Fix Suit

    HSBC Bank PLC has cut a $30 million deal to settle investors’ allegations surrounding a scheme to rig the SSA bond market, and will hand over electronic “chats” to aid the class’ prosecution of remaining banks in the case, according to settlement documents filed in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2019

    Nike’s Dutch Tax Rulings Prompt In-Depth EU Probe

    The European Union said Thursday it was opening an in-depth probe into the tax treatment Dutch authorities gave to U.S. sportswear company Nike, over possible illegal state aid.

  • January 10, 2019

    BT Pulls UK Swipe Fee Antitrust Suit Against MasterCard

    BT and three other telecommunications companies have withdrawn their damages claim at the Competition Appeal Tribunal against MasterCard Inc. and its international and European arms over interchange fees.

Expert Analysis

  • The State Of Pharma Class Certification After Asacol

    Aaron Yeater

    The First Circuit's recent decision in the matter of the Asacol Antitrust Litigation may prove to be a watershed in pharmaceutical antitrust litigation, offering some precision in interpreting the burden of class certification and making clear what defendants must establish, say experts at Analysis Group Inc.

  • When Is Antitrust Merger Review Over?

    Peter Jonathan Halasz

    A D.C. federal judge's recent statements about the proposed CVS-Aetna merger settlement heighten concerns regarding the finality of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act merger review process, say Peter Jonathan Halasz and Gregory Kinzelman of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • How To Work With Regulators During Internal Investigations

    David Chaiken

    The recent courtroom battle over the admissibility of statements made by former Deutsche Bank traders shines a spotlight on a potentially recurring problem — excessive government entanglement in an internal investigation. Counsel conducting such investigations should take certain steps to minimize the risk, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 14

    Barry Reingold

    The eighth hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed concerns that stock holdings by institutional investors of noncontrolling interests in competing portfolio companies may have anti-competitive effects. Barry Reingold of Perkins Coie LLP offers some key takeaways.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Whistleblowers May Spur More Gov't Contract Antitrust Cases

    David Caputo

    The U.S. Department of Justice's $236 million settlement last month with three South Korean companies was the largest ever for anti-competitive conduct against the U.S. government. A whistleblower’s role as the catalyst for that bid-rigging investigation may be a sign of things to come, say David Caputo and Zachary Arbitman of Youman & Caputo LLC.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.