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Competition

  • October 9, 2018

    Utility JV Wins €13M In UK Power Cartel Damages Suit

    A Swiss-based multinational was found liable Tuesday for €13 million ($15 million) in overcharges to a joint venture between the United Kingdom and Dutch electricity grid owners that was harmed by an electricity cable cartel.

  • October 9, 2018

    Google Appeals €4.3B EU Fine In Android Antitrust Case

    Google Inc. said Tuesday that it has appealed a record €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) fine the European Union’s antitrust enforcer doled out in July for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system, just before its mid-October compliance deadline.

  • October 9, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Lobbyists at the Federal Communications Commission stepped up their arguments last month for why the agency should approve the proposed Sprint-T-Mobile merger and doubled down on backing changes to local small-cell siting rules and the Citizens Broadband Radio Service framework.

  • October 9, 2018

    Physicians, AOA Seek Final OK On Tying-Suit Settlement

    A group of physicians challenging an American Osteopathic Association policy that they said tied its board certification to being a member asked a New Jersey federal judge for final approval of a deal to end the suit, saying that when all the settlement terms are taken together it is worth around $84 million.

  • October 9, 2018

    Factory Ordered Sold In Groundbreaking Merger Breakup

    A factory that makes interior door covers must be sold to restore competition after a rival became the first private company to successfully challenge a merger under the Clayton Act without government help and reach a jury verdict, a Virginia federal judge held Friday.

  • October 9, 2018

    Apple Opposes Qualcomm's Dismissal Bid In Patent Fight

    Apple asked a California federal court to deny Qualcomm’s bid to dismiss portions of a sweeping patent case, saying the chipmaker's promise not to sue over nine patents does not address other claims at issue in the dispute.

  • October 9, 2018

    Network Capacity Buyers Shut Out Of EU Merger Row

    The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that the European Commission made no legally binding decisions, and thus created no appeals rights, when dealing with telecommunications companies that tried to pick up network capacity that Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG was forced to shell out as part of a merger deal.

  • October 9, 2018

    Justices Won’t Tackle Jurisdiction Question In Lipitor Case

    An antitrust lawsuit by a group of California pharmacies targeting a settlement between Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Inc. over the anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor hit the end of the road Tuesday, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up the pharmacies’ argument that their suit was improperly removed to federal court and then dismissed.

  • October 9, 2018

    Limo Co. Says Uber Drivers Are Employees Under Dynamex

    A California limousine company told a federal court Friday that the state's newly adopted Dynamex standard for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees will show that Uber Technologies Inc. has misclassified its drivers to get a competitive edge over traditional taxicabs and limousine companies.

  • October 9, 2018

    UK Antitrust Watchdog To Probe Auditing Industry

    The U.K.'s antitrust authority launched another investigation into the country's auditing sector on Tuesday, putting more pressure on the Big Four accounting firms amid concerns that audits for some major British companies have fallen short.

  • October 5, 2018

    Gov't Role In Paul Weiss Probe Puts Deutsche Trial At Risk

    A New York federal judge signaled Friday that the Libor-rigging trial against former Deutsche Bank traders Matthew Connolly and Gavin Black may be in trouble, in light of "highly persuasive" evidence concerning the government's role in an internal investigation of the bank by Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • October 5, 2018

    What's At Stake In The Apple App Store Case?

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear Apple's appeal in a case alleging that the company illegally monopolized the market for iPhone apps. Along with other implications, the case has rekindled debate about a decades-old ruling that limits class action standing. Here, Law360 looks at what’s at stake in the Apple App Store monopolization case.

  • October 5, 2018

    UK Watchdog Mulling Remedies For £1.2B Fuel Co. Merger

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog in a newly published decision said that some remedies offered by Motor Fuel Group may alleviate concerns that its £1.2 billion ($1.56 billion) buy of fellow private equity-backed British gasoline retailer MRH GB Ltd. could hurt local competition.

  • October 5, 2018

    Ericsson Insists HTC Must Prove SEP Royalties Breach

    Cellphone maker HTC America Inc., which is suing Swedish telecom Ericsson Inc. in Texas federal court for allegedly overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, bears the burden of proof for its breach-of-contract claim, Ericsson has said in a brief.

  • October 5, 2018

    CSX Says Norfolk Southern Monopolizing Va. Railroad

    CSX Transportation Inc. has sued fellow railroad giant Norfolk Southern Railway Co. in Virginia federal court over the latter’s dominant control of a small railroad they co-own, alleging Norfolk Southern has used that power to create “monopolistic control” over traffic in and out of Virginia’s largest international shipping terminal.

  • October 5, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a London hotel group lodge competition claims against Visa and Mastercard, Hellenic Petroleum and 10 insurers take on a shipper, and VTB Bank sue a Russian billionaire's holding company connected to EN+. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 5, 2018

    Chile OKs Chinese Co.'s Increased Stake In Chemical Maker

    Chile’s competition authority approved the $4 billion sale of a chemical firm's shares to China’s Tianqi Lithium Corp. on Thursday, while signing off on measures aimed at preventing the unfair exchange of confidential data between the companies.

  • October 5, 2018

    Ticket Brokers Praise Feds' Examination Of Ticketmaster

    The National Association of Ticket Brokers is praising federal antitrust enforcers' decisions to examine the online ticket industry amid numerous complaints by consumers and competitors that companies like Ticketmaster are driving up costs for consumers.

  • October 4, 2018

    IQVIA Can't Nix Counterclaims In Trade Secrets Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has refused to dismiss pharmaceutical information technology company Veeva Systems Inc.’s monopoly claims in its countersuit against life sciences data giant IQVIA Inc., ruling Wednesday that it plausibly alleged IQVIA tried to block customer access to its product.

  • October 4, 2018

    Several Banks Escape SIBOR-Rigging Allegations In NY

    A New York federal judge trimmed Thursday a proposed class action accusing 20 banks and their affiliates of manipulating the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate and Singapore Swap Offer Rate, saying the plaintiffs haven’t alleged wrongdoing by a number of them.

Expert Analysis

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The AmEx Case

    Evan Chesler

    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pivotal antitrust decision in Ohio v. American Express. Three partners at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who represented AmEx explain how one of the most significant antitrust enforcement actions in recent history led to a landmark precedent for two-sided platforms.

  • Opinion

    FTC's Public Hearings Will Be Valuable

    David Balto

    On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century. These events are an important first step in guiding enforcement priorities, says David Balto, a former policy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Structuring Investigations In Light Of UK Privilege Case

    Mark Beeley

    The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Foreign Investments In German Cos. Face Increased Scrutiny

    Daniel Wiedmann

    Tighter rules for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have been echoed in Germany, and further changes are on the way. Recent developments show that the German government does not shy away from blocking foreign investments, says Daniel Wiedmann of P+P Pöllath + Partners.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • The Potential Reach Of High Court's AmEx Antitrust Analysis

    Barry Reingold

    As lower courts decide whether to apply the U.S. Supreme Court's AmEx decision to other types of two-sided markets, the key question will be whether allegedly anti-competitive conduct on one side of a platform may be credibly constrained by indirect network effects on the other, say Barry Reingold and David Chiappetta of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.