Competition

  • February 16, 2018

    Lundy Law Scolded In Decision Axing False Advertising Suit

    A federal judge upbraided Philadelphia-based personal injury firm Lundy Law LLP on Thursday for advertisements that seemingly overstated the scope of its services, but ultimately agreed that a rival did not have grounds to move forward with a lawsuit seeking damages over the purported misrepresentations.

  • February 16, 2018

    UBS Says CFTC Order Doesn't Goose Gold-Fix Claims

    UBS AG has told a New York federal court that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s consent order fining the Swiss bank $15 million over alleged spoofing does not bolster gold sellers’ claims that UBS was part of a conspiracy to manipulate a benchmark price of gold.

  • February 15, 2018

    Cisco’s 'Insane' IP Defense Fails In Arista Antitrust Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday agreed to strike most of Cisco defenses against an antitrust suit brought by Arista over the sales of Ethernet switches, including a hotly contested infringement defense, which Arista’s counsel called “breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane.”

  • February 15, 2018

    Door-Maker Wins $59M In Antitrust Suit Against Parts Supplier

    A Virginia federal jury on Thursday awarded a Texas door manufacturer $58.6 million in its antitrust suit against a supplier of molded door skins, a crucial door component, finding the supplier violated antitrust law by acquiring a competing supplier and overcharging the door-maker for components.

  • February 15, 2018

    FCC Watchdog Probing Pai-Sinclair Relationship, Rep Says

    The inspector general of the Federal Communications Commission is investigating Chairman Ajit Pai over whether he improperly pushed for rule changes relaxing media ownership rules in order to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., announced Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    UK Watchdog To Face High Court Scrutiny On Fox-Sky Finding

    A London High Court judge has agreed to hear a challenge to a U.K. telecom regulator’s finding that 21st Century Fox Inc. would be a “fit and proper” broadcast license holder if a proposed $14.4 billion takeover of Sky PLC goes through, activist group Avaaz said Wednesday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Calsonic Reaches $11M Price-Fix Deal In Car Parts MDL

    A proposed class of car buyers said Thursday they have reached an $11 million settlement of their claims in multidistrict litigation that Japanese auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp. was part of a conspiracy to fix prices for vehicle air conditioning systems.

  • February 15, 2018

    Mitsubishi Inks $33M Deal In Sprawling Cathode-Ray MDL

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on Wednesday settled with a class of indirect buyers of cathode ray tubes for $33 million in California federal court, bringing total settlements in multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy involving electronics companies to $820 million.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    South Africa Accuses Regional Airline Of Predatory Pricing

    South African competition regulators announced charges Wednesday against a regional airline that connects small towns with larger cities and is now accused of charging “predatory” and “excessive” rates that were dropped when competition appeared, only to be quickly yanked back up when that competition ended.

  • February 14, 2018

    Uthe’s RICO Harm Theory New To Appeal, 9th Circ. Says

    Uthe Technology Corp. urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit, arguing the semiconductor company suffered a direct harm when it was defrauded into selling a “thriving” subsidiary and prompting the judges to complain Uthe was raising a new injury theory for the first time on appeal.

  • February 14, 2018

    Gold Sellers Say CFTC Order Shows UBS Helped Fix Prices

    A group of gold sellers told a New York federal judge Tuesday that a recent Commodity Futures Trading Commission sanctions order against UBS AG shows the Swiss bank should not be allowed to escape a suit accusing a group of international banks of manipulating the benchmark price of gold.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Picks Prodded On Tech, Data Safety At Senate Hearing

    The four nominees seeking to fill posts on the Federal Trade Commission appeared in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday, answering questions from lawmakers about the power of big technology companies and consumer protection issues surrounding data breaches and privacy.

  • February 14, 2018

    Mushroom Farms To Settle Price-Fixing MDL Class Action

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday granted preliminary approval to two mushroom farms looking to pay a combined $375,000 to settle out of broader class-action multidistrict litigation accusing growers and sellers of the fungi of a price-fixing conspiracy.

  • February 14, 2018

    Freshfields Snags DOJ Litigation Head For Antitrust Group

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has acquired the former director of litigation in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, who will join the firm’s antitrust practice in Washington, D.C., according to an announcement released Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Nom Vows Tough Enforcement In Lieu Of Net Neutrality

    During a hearing on Wednesday to grill President Donald Trump's picks for the Federal Trade Commission, the nominee for chairman testified that the agency will step up to be a “vigorous enforcer” in the absence of net neutrality protections, but he acknowledged that some online conduct may fall outside of the FTC’s scope.

  • February 14, 2018

    EU Clears Northrop's $9.2B Acquisition Of Orbital

    The European Commission has cleared Northrop Grumman Corp.’s bid to acquire defense technology services company Orbital ATK Inc. for $7.8 billion in cash and $1.4 billion in debt, saying the proposed deal raises no competition concerns because the companies are involved in different product markets.

  • February 13, 2018

    AmEx Ignoring Court Findings, Justices Hear In Antitrust Row

    A group of 11 states pressed forward with its attack on contract provisions that prevent merchants from steering customers to other credit cards in an antitrust case before the U.S. Supreme Court, accusing American Express Co. of ignoring a trial court’s findings.

  • February 13, 2018

    Flyers Ask Justices To Pass On Antitrust Filed-Rate Fight

    Airline passengers have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal from All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd., which is trying to escape multidistrict litigation over price-fixing allegations by pointing to federal pricing regulations, arguing the company is raising questions of fact.

  • February 13, 2018

    Dental Supply Co. Hits Back At FTC Antitrust Allegations

    One of the nation’s largest dental supply companies on Tuesday shot back at the Federal Trade Commission’s allegations it conspired to refuse discounts to buying groups for small dental practitioners, saying it has long done a robust business with the buying groups and never entered into an agreement to refuse to sell to them.

Expert Analysis

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Kaepernick's Suit Against NFL: An Academic Exercise?

    Drew Sherman

    Because it is difficult to prove collusion, Colin Kaepernick's recent grievance against the NFL and its teams is being discussed, in some legal circles, as an academic exercise intended to cause change on a greater scale above and beyond the remedies personally available to him, says Drew Sherman of ADLI Law Group.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • 10 Antitrust Developments And Trends To Watch In 2018

    Dee Bansal

    Expect to see antitrust developments in 10 areas this year, including continuing scrutiny of vertical mergers, no-poach agreements and conduct by pharmaceutical companies, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 2017 MDL Year In Review

    Alan Rothman

    Last year, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled on the fewest MDL petitions and created the fewest new MDL proceedings in decades. But the panel's schedule for this week's hearing session suggests 2018 may be different, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • 3 Antitrust Cases Drug Companies Should Watch This Year

    Chad Peterman

    Pending cases involving biosimilar competition, the Noerr-Pennington doctrine and claims brought by state attorneys general highlight the need for pharmaceutical companies to assess the antitrust implications of their strategies, say Chad Peterman and Carl Minniti of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Ericsson Ruling Provides Guidance On FRAND Royalty Rates

    Fei Deng

    A California district court's recent decision in TCL v. Ericsson offers two practical approaches that can be used by implementers and standard-essential patent holders, as well as other courts, to assessing a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty rate, say Fei Deng and Mario Lopez of Edgeworth Economics LLC.