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  • July 9, 2018

    Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

    President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 12-year veteran of the D.C. Circuit, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    Furukawa, Mitsubishi To Pay $19.6M To End Antitrust Claims

    Two putative classes of automobile part direct purchasers who allege that major companies have conspired to fix the prices of wire harness products asked a Michigan federal judge on Monday to approve a $19 million deal with Furukawa Electric Co. and a $680,320 deal with Mitsubishi Electric.

  • July 9, 2018

    DOJ Wants 19 'Obsolete' Antitrust Judgments To Be Nullified

    The U.S. Department of Justice asked a D.C. federal judge on Monday to terminate 19 “legacy” antitrust judgments it said are decades old and "obsolete," in what’s promised to be the “first of many” such requests as the department reviews nearly 1,300 outstanding judgments.

  • July 9, 2018

    United Aims To Ax DHL’s ‘Weak’ Air Cargo Antitrust Suit

    United Airlines asked a New York federal judge Friday to dump an antitrust suit alleging it was part of a global air cargo price-fixing cartel in 2006, saying logistics and delivery company DHL offers flimsy evidence to back its “weak” conspiracy claims.

  • July 9, 2018

    BASF, Others Face Price-Fixing Suit For Polyurethane Input

    Chemical manufacturing giants BASF, Bayer, DowDuPont and others conspired to shut down plants and curb production in order to lower global supply and increase prices for polyurethane building blocks, according to a proposed antitrust class action filed in New Jersey federal court Friday. 

  • July 9, 2018

    Mass. Captain Unwittingly Smuggled For 'Codfather,' Atty Says

    Prosecutors told a federal jury that a Massachusetts’ sheriff’s captain helped a notorious fishing magnate known as “the Codfather” smuggle huge sums of cash out of the U.S., but the captain claimed to be an unwitting pawn in the scheme as his trial began Monday.

  • July 9, 2018

    TIKD Drops Antitrust Claims Against Fla. Bar Members

    TIKD Services LLC and the Florida Bar on Monday reached an agreement to drop the individual Florida Bar defendants from the traffic ticket services startup's $11.4 million antitrust suit against the bar.

  • July 9, 2018

    Churchill Downs Drops $51M Casino Deal After FTC Request

    Churchill Downs Inc. said Monday that it has dropped its planned $50.6 million purchase of a Mississippi casino from Eldorado Resorts Inc. after the Federal Trade Commission requested additional information from the companies about the deal.

  • July 9, 2018

    State AGs Take Aim At Fast Food Noncompete Clauses

    A group of 11 attorneys general announced Monday that they have asked eight fast-food franchises to provide documents on noncompete clauses in their contracts, saying such clauses can be harmful to workers who want to move from one job to the next.

  • July 9, 2018

    UK Steps Up Planning For Hard Brexit As Top Ministers Quit

    Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that the U.K. government is stepping up its preparations for a possible no-deal exit from the European Union, as the latest British proposals appeared to be threatened by high-level cabinet departures.

  • July 8, 2018

    UK Brexit Trade Plan Omits EU Market Access For Services

    A new U.K. government proposal for a post-Brexit trading agreement with the European Union announced Friday foresees a common free trade area for manufactured goods and farm products, but not for services like finance or law.

  • July 6, 2018

    Ex-SocGen Exec Says Libor Charges Stem From Gender Bias

    A former Société Générale SA executive urged a New York federal judge to toss criminal charges relating to a Libor manipulation scheme, arguing she and a fellow female executive were targeted for prosecution because of their gender, while their male higher-ups skated.

  • July 6, 2018

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

    The last week has seen dozens of energy companies and insurers sue Danish shipper Torm, a British private equity firm and a Goldman Sachs unit lodge a dispute with a handful of Portuguese companies and nearly two dozen British rail operators take on Visa and MasterCard just hours after an appellate ruling dealt the credit card giants a setback in their battle with retailers. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 6, 2018

    What You Need To Know For The Supreme Court Nomination

    President Donald Trump is expected Monday night to name his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. The nomination will give the president his second chance to name a justice to the high court in less than two years, setting up a high-stakes political battle likely to consume the legal world and the nation in the months to come.

  • July 6, 2018

    Swipe Fee Ruling Opens Visa, MasterCard To Wave Of Claims

    A landmark London appeals court decision finding that Visa’s and MasterCard’s so-called swipe fees are too high could mean the two credit card companies are about to face a wave of costly claims in Britain, but the ruling has left some questions lingering.

  • July 6, 2018

    La. Real Estate Board Tells 5th Circ. It’s Immune From FTC

    The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to toss a Federal Trade Commission administrative trial challenging board regulations that control appraisal fees, arguing that the FTC wrongly denied it immunity as a state agency, or the chance to at least assert that argument at trial.

  • July 6, 2018

    Telecom Lobbying In Trump's DC Blurs Access And Expertise

    When AT&T public policy executive Bob Quinn sat down to a private dinner with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai last February, the meal at the chic Hotel Neri restaurant in Barcelona had the trappings of a typical meeting between U.S. politicos.

  • July 6, 2018

    Cellphone Buyers Seek Cert. In Qualcomm Chip Price-Fix Suit

    Smartphone buyers urged a California federal judge Friday to certify an antitrust class action accusing Qualcomm of fixing the price of microchips used in cellphones.

  • July 6, 2018

    States, DC Seek Full 9th Circ. Redo Of Uber Union Law Fight

    Fourteen states and the District of Columbia asked the full Ninth Circuit to revisit a recent appellate decision reviving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's challenge to a Seattle ordinance letting app-based, ride-hailing drivers bargain collectively, saying Thursday the ruling intruded on state sovereignty.

  • July 6, 2018

    Asset Manager Cuts Funds To Cover FCA Info-Sharing Probe

    A U.K. asset management firm announced on Friday that it has slashed the amount it set aside for possible penalties in a Financial Conduct Authority antitrust probe from £1 million ($1.3 million) to £109,000.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Exploring The Gambling Industry's Economic Peculiarities

    Roland Eisenhuth

    The anticipated legalization of sports betting in over 20 states is expected to add billions of dollars to U.S. gambling revenue. At the same time, mergers and acquisitions in the industry have attracted the Federal Trade Commission's attention, and questions regarding the economics of gambling must be addressed, says Roland Eisenhuth of Epsilon Economics LLC.

  • And Now A Word To The Panel: Happy 50th!

    Alan Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Chicago for its May 31 hearing session, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter observes the panel’s golden anniversary with a retrospective look at its origins in the enactment of the MDL statute in April 1968, and reviews its most recent hearing session held in Atlanta on March 29.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • A Wish For Nonexistent Cheap Drugs Is Not Standing To Sue

    Nicholas Landau

    The releases of highly effective, highly priced drugs to treat chronic diseases has bred a spate of efforts by activists to disenfranchise drug developers of their patent rights. The Federal Circuit's decision this month in AIDS Healthcare Foundation v. Gilead demonstrates how choosing the wrong venue for your patent challenge can doom it before it even starts, says Nicholas Landau of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • ​A Wage-Analysis Primer For Antitrust Attorneys: Part 2

    Stephen Bronars

    Four challenges often arise in modeling wages for pay discrimination cases, and modeling wages across multiple firms in a no-poaching context further complicates matters, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • ​A Wage-Analysis Primer For Antitrust Attorneys: Part 1

    Stephen Bronars

    As the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division attempts to prosecute no-poach and wage-fixing agreements, the wage analyses that are frequently used in employment discrimination cases will become increasingly relevant in the antitrust arena, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.