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Competition

  • September 22, 2018

    Comcast Tops Fox With £29.7B Offer For Sky

    Comcast Corp. on Saturday emerged as the top offerer in an auction for Sky PLC with a £29.7 billion ($38.8 billion) offer, again besting 21st Century Fox and signaling an end to the bidding war over the British telecom. 

  • September 21, 2018

    Judge Probes NCAA VP On Athlete Pay Rules At Trial

    A California federal judge on Friday repeatedly questioned an NCAA vice president on the specifics of its pay rules during a landmark antitrust trial over the association's limits on student compensation, pointing to apparent discrepancies between financial aid limits the NCAA has imposed on its various conferences.

  • September 21, 2018

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

    The last week has seen a London no dealing desk sue Merrill Lynch for breach of fiduciary duty, more competition claims against Visa and MasterCard and a German shipper bring a suit against Axa and other insurers.

  • September 21, 2018

    Romania To Expand Int'l Natural Gas Flow After EU Probe

    Romania’s state-run natural gas supplier has committed to taking steps to open its supply stream to Hungary and Bulgaria following a European Union probe of whether the country’s gas industry restricted exports, the European Commission said Friday.

  • September 21, 2018

    Industry Groups Back FTC's View On Qualcomm Obligations

    A pair of industry groups representing technology companies have thrown their support behind the Federal Trade Commission's bid for a ruling in California federal court that Qualcomm is required to license its standard essential patents to rival chipmakers.

  • September 21, 2018

    FTC Mulls Evolving Markets With No ‘Predetermined Outcome’

    A wide array of antitrust experts challenged the state of competition enforcement Friday at the second of a series of Federal Trade Commission hearings assessing current enforcement policies in light of evolving technology and market conditions, in a process one FTC member said comes with no “predetermined outcome.”

  • September 21, 2018

    Travel Agents Seek 9th Circ. Redo Of Multicity Fares Ruling

    Travel agents asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to rehear its August ruling that shut down an antitrust suit accusing American Airlines, Delta, United and others of price-fixing, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's Twombly decision should not be used to suppress private antitrust cases.

  • September 21, 2018

    Class Attys Get $35M Of $105M Lidoderm Pay-For-Delay Deal

    A California federal judge has awarded $35 million in attorneys' fees as part of a settlement for end-payors that claimed a group of pharmaceutical companies delayed the release of a generic form of the Lidoderm pain patch.

  • September 21, 2018

    DC Circ. Nixes FERC Market Rate Ruling For TransCanada Unit

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday nixed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's refusal to let TransCanada Corp.'s U.S. natural gas storage unit charge market-based rates, saying the commission failed to justify that conclusion while letting other companies in the same market charge market-based rates.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Deutsche Bank Euribor Trader Held In Italy, SFO Says

    A former Deutsche Bank trader who was allegedly involved in manipulating a key European interest rate benchmark has been arrested in Italy and could be extradited to the U.K., the Serious Fraud Office revealed on Friday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Antitrust 'Bundling,' Patent Fraud Case Sent Packing

    A Minnesota judge has thrown out a food packaging company’s antitrust lawsuit against its larger rival, finding no evidence that patents asserted against it were obtained fraudulently and rendering one of the first applications of a test for improper “discount bundling.”

  • September 20, 2018

    OSU Exec Defends Amateurism Amid Coach Salary Scrutiny

    Ohio State University athletic director Eugene Smith defended NCAA rules limiting student compensation during a landmark antitrust trial Thursday in California federal court, testifying that paying athletes would force the department to cut certain sports, while conceding that the school's coaches collectively earn more than $30 million in salaries and benefits annually.

  • September 20, 2018

    HTC Says Ericsson Waived Arbitration In SEP Royalties Row

    HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to deny Ericsson Inc.'s bid to arbitrate claims that the Swedish telecommunications company overcharged for aging standard-essential patents, saying Ericsson waived its right to force arbitration of the dispute.

  • September 20, 2018

    HP Inks $1.5M Deal In Cartridge Monopoly Suit

    Hewlett Packard Co. will pay a class of printer customers $1.5 million, not including attorneys' fees, to resolve allegations over phony error messages that popped up when users tried to install third-party ink cartridges, under a settlement proposed Tuesday in California federal court.

  • September 20, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Was Correct, DC Circ. Told

    AT&T told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that a lower court correctly ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice did not demonstrate how its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. would increase wholesale prices for distributors and retail rates for consumers.

  • September 20, 2018

    EU Finds Italy In Hot Water Over Port Project Grants

    Italy broke European state aid rules by granting the Naples port authority €44 million ($52 million) to refurbish the city’s dry docks for the benefit of the country’s shipbuilding industry, but delays in collecting port concession fees didn’t violate rules, the EU said Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Media Giants Face Another Antitrust Suit Over TV Ad Rates

    A Mississippi auto dealer filed a putative class action against Hearst, Sinclair, Tribune and other media conglomerates in Maryland federal court Wednesday claiming they colluded to boost local television advertising rates, the latest in an onslaught of antitrust suits against the broadcasters.

  • September 20, 2018

    UK Competition Authority Probing PayPal's $2B iZettle Deal

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog said Wednesday it had opened an investigation into PayPal Holdings Inc.’s $2.2 billion purchase of Sweden’s iZettle, a payments platform that boasts nearly a half-million merchants across 11 international markets, and restricted some activity by the businesses in the U.K. market.

  • September 20, 2018

    Ice Miller Adds Bankruptcy Pro From Wollmuth Maher

    Ice Miller LLP has brought in bankruptcy specialist John Giampolo to join the firm as a partner in its bankruptcy litigation group out of New York City.

  • September 20, 2018

    Sky Bidding War To Culminate In Weekend Auction

    The bidding war for British telecom giant Sky PLC will draw to a close one way or another by the end of the week, with the U.K.'s takeover regulator on Thursday calling for an auction this weekend to settle the fight between suitors 21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp.

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.