Competition

  • November 15, 2017

    Bridgestone's $9.4M Price-Fixing Deal Gets Initial OK

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday gave her initial approval to a $9.36 million settlement between Bridgestone Corp. and a putative class of car dealerships, which claim the tire maker took part in a price-fixing scheme for rubber parts that reduce engine and road vibration.

  • November 15, 2017

    Endo Concealed Unit's Alleged Price-Fixing, Investors Say

    Endo International PLC shareholders hit the drugmaker with a proposed class action Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court claiming it didn’t properly disclose that Par Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc., which the company acquired in 2015, has allegedly colluded to fix generic-drug prices.

  • November 15, 2017

    Gov't Says High Court Should Take Up Vitamin C Price-Fix Suit

    The U.S. solicitor general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a Second Circuit decision wiping out a $147 million judgment against two Chinese companies over allegations they fixed prices for vitamin C, asking the justices to decide whether a foreign government’s characterization of its own law is conclusive.

  • November 15, 2017

    Au Pair Co. Pauses Wage Suit To Appeal Arbitration Denial

    A Colorado federal judge Wednesday paused a proposed class action filed by au pairs alleging that multiple sponsor agencies colluded to set low pay rates so that one of the agencies can appeal to the Tenth Circuit the court’s decision not to compel arbitration.

  • November 15, 2017

    Geico Hit With Auto Repair Shop Price-Fixing Suit

    Geico has reached unlawful agreements with a group of preferred auto collision repair shops to fix the maximum price of repairs and steer policyholders from competing repair shops, a competing shop claimed in Oregon federal court Tuesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    GE Seeks Damages Trial After $43.8M Machine-Parts Verdict

    General Electric Co. urged a Texas federal court on Monday to find anesthesia businesses that won a $43.8 million jury verdict in April hadn’t provided enough evidence of anti-competitive behavior related to anesthesia machine parts, a finding GE argued would necessitate a new trial on damages.

  • November 15, 2017

    DC Circ. Threads Needle On Docs Privilege In FTC Row

    A D.C. Circuit panel pressed lawyers for the Federal Trade Commission and Boehringer Ingelheim on Wednesday to spell out the fine line between attorney-client privilege and unprivileged business materials as the FTC investigates a possible pay-for-delay deal.

  • November 15, 2017

    State AGs Want Separate Track In Generic Price-Fixing MDL

    State attorneys general accusing 18 drug companies of conspiring to fix the prices of 15 generic drugs urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday to establish a separate government track within the broader multidistrict litigation, saying they can’t yield authority to other entities such as private parties’ lead counsel and their allegations are too broad to be litigated drug by drug.

  • November 15, 2017

    EU May Not Decide Qualcomm-NXP Deal’s Fate Until 2018

    The European Union’s competition watchdog may not decide on the fate of Qualcomm Inc.’s $38 billion buyout of NXP Semiconductors NV until next year, according to comments made Wednesday by European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.

  • November 14, 2017

    9th Circ. Urged to Let Arbitrators Get Docs From Third Parties

    Two pharmacies said Tuesday that a lower court judge misread the Federal Arbitration Act when he ruled they couldn’t seek evidence from court proceedings against Express Scripts Inc. for their antitrust arbitration with CVS Health, asking the Ninth Circuit to consider whether arbitrators can subpoena documents from third parties, a question that’s split other circuits.

  • November 14, 2017

    Flash-Drive Maker Tells PTAB Patents Should Be Tossed

    Flash-drive company Kingston Technology Co. Inc. urged a Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel Tuesday to nix computer memory patents asserted against it by nonpracticing entity Polaris Innovations Ltd. in a suit allegedly funded by Samsung, arguing the technology would’ve been obvious given earlier technological developments.

  • November 14, 2017

    British Airways Loses Appeal In EU Air Cargo Cartel Case

    The European Union's highest court on Monday rejected British Airways' attempt to have a €104 million air cargo cartel decision thrown out in its entirety, ruling the carrier had effectively doomed its own challenge by initially pursuing only a limited appeal.

  • November 14, 2017

    CFTC Fines Norwegian Energy Co. $4M For Index-Rigging

    A Norwegian energy company will pay a $4 million penalty to resolve claims it tried to manipulate the Argus Far East Index, a benchmark index for propane gas prices, to boost the value of financial positions held by the company, the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission said Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2017

    UBS Can't Exit Price-Fixing Suit, Gold Sellers Say

    Gold sellers accusing several major global banks of taking part in a conspiracy to manipulate a benchmark price for the precious metal urged a New York federal judge on Monday not to toss their claims against UBS AG, arguing that the Swiss banking giant has “presented no proper basis for dismissal.”

  • November 14, 2017

    Apple Says IPhone Buyers' Class Cert. Bid Ignores Reality

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal court Monday to reject a class certification bid by a group of consumers who accused the iPhone maker of locking them into voice and data plans with AT&T, saying the phone buyers were being “deliberately indifferent” to earlier rulings trimming their case.

  • November 14, 2017

    5 Ways New CFIUS Legislation Would Alter Review Process

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced new legislation to “modernize and strengthen” the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, extending the interagency committee's reach to more types of transactions, adding a mandatory filing component and fees, and adjusting the review timeline. Here, Law360 outlines five of the major changes CFIUS would see if the bill becomes law.

  • November 14, 2017

    Top EU Court Rules Veggie Growers Can't Fix Minimum Prices

    The European Union’s highest court ruled Tuesday that agricultural policy can take precedence over competition rules, but efforts to fix minimum prices for produce like the endives at issue in a French cartel case were a step too far.

  • November 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Skeptical Of Philly Cabbies’ Uber Antitrust Claims

    A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday expressed skepticism over claims by the attorney representing a group of Philadelphia taxi drivers that Uber’s entry into the city created an illegal monopoly in the vehicle-for-hire market, with multiple judges suggesting the company’s arrival was good for the consumer.

  • November 13, 2017

    Qualcomm Can't Escape Pared-Down Consumer Antitrust Suit

    A California federal judge has ruled that consumers cannot seek damages from Qualcomm over its patent licensing practices under federal antitrust law, but she rejected the chipmaker's bid to dismiss state law claims in the proposed class action.

  • November 13, 2017

    German Co. Reaches $2M Deal In Car Door Latch Antitrust Suit

    German auto parts manufacturer Kiekert AG has agreed to pay $2.28 million to settle a proposed class action from consumers alleging the company conspired to fix the prices of vehicle door latches, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Applying Calif. Antitrust Law To Out-Of-State Transactions

    Fred Isquith

    In Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation, a California federal judge recently examined state court choice-of-law rules as applied in antitrust actions lodged in federal court. In applying California’s antitrust law to out-of-state transactions by the citizens of states other than California, the opinion adds an important contribution to the jurisprudence in this area, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.