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Competition

  • January 7, 2019

    Big Apple Eateries Freed From No-Tip Conspiracy Case

    Several upscale New York restaurants and their celebrity chefs can slip a suit alleging they cooked up a no-tipping scheme to boost menu prices, a federal judge ruled Monday, adding if a fresh complaint against the California eateries isn't filed by the end of January, the case will be closed.

  • January 7, 2019

    Recycling Co’s Price-Fixing Suit Against Reno Tossed

    A Nevada federal judge on Monday dismissed a Nevada recycling company’s lawsuit accusing rivals and the city of Reno of fixing prices for recyclable materials.

  • January 7, 2019

    Radio Group Defends Request For Info From Music Rights Co.

    The Radio Music License Committee Inc. has told the Pennsylvania judge overseeing its suit accusing performance rights organization Global Music Rights LLC of forcing radio stations to pay unfair royalty fees that a subpoena it sent to the rights company in an unrelated case was proper.

  • January 7, 2019

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Delta, AirTran Bag Fee Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the claims of a gargantuan class of airline passengers accusing Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. of conspiring to stick travelers with checked bag fees.

  • January 7, 2019

    H&R Block Fights MDL Push For 'No Poach' Pact Suits

    H&R Block Inc. has told the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that there’s no reason to consolidate five potential class actions over noncompete contracts and “no poach” agreements, arguing the cases aren’t spread out enough and will be even less so when half wind up in arbitration.

  • January 7, 2019

    Coalition Opposing Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Adds 5 New Orgs

    Five organizations announced their opposition Monday to the proposed Sprint and T-Mobile merger by joining the 4Competition Coalition, an alliance of prominent companies and organizations lobbying the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to stop the deal.

  • January 7, 2019

    Attys’ Alma Maters Will Get Airline Flyers’ $60M, Court Told

    Airline passengers might not see a dime of the $60 million deal two major U.S. airlines struck to tie up ticket buyers’ collusion claims, two objectors said, arguing that as the settlement stands, attorneys for the class could easily funnel the payout to their favorite charities or alma maters.

  • January 7, 2019

    Attys Smeared As Dishonest In Docs Feud, Data Co. Says

    Reynolds and Reynolds Co. has blasted Dominion Enterprises' bid to block an Illinois federal judge's subpoena for testimony in a suit over an alleged monopoly of the auto dealer data management systems market, saying the bid tars Reynolds' attorneys as "dishonest" about how they might use confidential information.

  • January 7, 2019

    EU To Review Block Exemptions Of State Subsidy Rules

    Block exemptions from the European Union’s rules against state subsidies will remain in place until at least 2022 while the European Commission carries out a review, the bloc’s executive arm said Monday.

  • January 4, 2019

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

    The last week has seen Natixis sue a Nigerian oil refinery, a Qatar Insurance unit lodge a commercial fraud claim, and Allianz Global Investors take on some of the same major banks the institutional investor has already sued for foreign exchange manipulation in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 4, 2019

    Judge Won't Gag AGs In Generics Price-Fixing Case

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday denied a bid by generic-drug makers to win a court order that would limit what the state attorneys general accusing the companies of price fixing can say publicly about their investigation and the multidistrict litigation over the alleged conduct.

  • January 4, 2019

    FERC Can Keep $9M Market Manipulation Case

    A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission energy market manipulation case seeking to enforce nearly $9 million worth of fines against a Maine company and its CEO is not time-barred and can move forward, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Specialty Board Doesn't Limit Surgery Providers, Judge Says

    A Florida magistrate judge has recommended tossing an antitrust class action filed by three dermatologists against an industry subspecialty board, saying the doctors failed to provide enough support for their claims that the board was created to restrict which doctors can perform a common skin cancer procedure.

  • January 4, 2019

    FTC Rips Qualcomm's 'No License, No Chips' Practice At Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday slammed Qualcomm’s purported “no license, no chips” business practice requiring companies like Apple, Samsung and Huawei to license its standard-essential cellphone patents in order to purchase chips, arguing during the first day of a bench trial in Silicon Valley that it violates antitrust laws.

  • January 4, 2019

    Fund Manager Who Sparked FCA Probe Loses Firing Row

    A London judge has ruled that an asset management firm was justified in firing a fund manager at the center of a Financial Conduct Authority antitrust probe, finding he disclosed confidential information ahead of an initial public offering.

  • January 4, 2019

    Contractor Says Ex-Bloomberg, Turner Execs Killed Business

    Bloomberg LP and Turner Construction owe a drywall company millions after their former executives drove it out of business by rigging bids and blackballing it from their cherry-picked group of interior construction subcontractors, Nastasi & Associates told a New York federal court Thursday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Genomic Sequencing Cos. Face FTC Scrutiny On $1B Deal

    DNA-sequencing company Illumina Inc.'s $1.2 billion bid to purchase genetic sequencing systems firm Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. is drawing extra scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • January 4, 2019

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Simpson, MoFo

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Bristol-Myers Squibb takes over Celgene for $74 billion, KKR & Co. LP will acquire a 50 percent ownership interest in Altavair AirFinance for $1 billion, and Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. takes over MedEquities Realty Trust Inc. for $600 million.

  • January 4, 2019

    Eyes On FTC After Canada's Drug Sampling Probe Flops

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has been actively searching for a case to bring against branded drugmakers the agency suspects of trying to prevent generics companies from developing cheaper rivals to their highly profitable products. But a recent decision by Canadian antitrust authorities indicates the FTC's task won't be so easy.

  • January 4, 2019

    DOJ Wants Say On Antitrust Test At 7th Circ. Comcast Hearing

    The U.S. government asked the Seventh Circuit on Friday for permission to appear during oral arguments next month as Viamedia Inc. looks to revive its suit accusing Comcast Corp. of illegally monopolizing the market for local television advertising, saying it supports neither side but wants to address an important standard.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Days 9, 10 And 11

    Meredith Halama

    The sixth hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed the intersection of big data, privacy and antitrust issues. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways.

  • 5 Business Takeaways From The Midterms

    Mary Moore Hamrick

    Now that the midterms are over, business leaders have a little insight into the future of taxes, trade and other policy issues affecting the economy. Still, companies should remain agile as, come January, a new and divided Congress will begin to chart its course, says Mary Moore Hamrick of Grant Thornton LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • A Victory For Legal Privilege In Cross-Border Investigations

    Antonia Apps

    The U.K. Court of Appeal's recent decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources is a substantial step toward confirming the application of legal privilege in internal investigations, and has significantly reduced the divergence in U.K. and U.S. privilege law, say attorneys with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.