Competition

  • May 22, 2017

    Concert Pharma Gets 2nd FTC Request Over Vertex Deal

    Massachusetts-based Concert Pharmaceuticals Inc. has received a second request for information from the Federal Trade Commission for the planned sale of its investigational cystic fibrosis treatment to Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a deal worth up to $250 million, the company said Monday.

  • May 22, 2017

    Buyers Want GSK, Teva To Cough Up Info In Lamictal Suit

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. have refused to hand over crucial information such as Teva’s financial forecasts in a potential class action by buyers alleging that the companies conspired to delay generic competition for epilepsy treatment Lamictal, counsel for purchasers of the drug told a New Jersey federal court on Friday.

  • May 22, 2017

    AIG Needn't Defend Carfax In $50M Antitrust Suit

    A New York judge has found an AIG unit does not have to defend Carfax against a $50 million suit alleging the company monopolized the vehicle history report market, saying references to defamation in the suit cannot get Carfax out from under an antitrust exclusion.

  • May 22, 2017

    Visa, Mastercard Beat Injunction Bid In ATM Antitrust Suit

    A D.C. federal court on Monday refused to block Visa and Mastercard from enforcing ATM fee rules that allegedly violate federal antitrust law, saying the National ATM Council failed to prove that the rules have caused the number of independent ATMs to decline.

  • May 22, 2017

    EU Antitrust Watchdog To Study Syndicated Loan Market

    The European Commission has decided to study competition in the loan syndication market in the U.K., Germany and four other European nations, citing the growing importance of the multi-lender offerings for leveraged buyouts and other large projects.

  • May 22, 2017

    UK Watchdog Launches Probe Into Car Parts Cos.' Merger

    The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority said Monday it is launching an independent in-depth investigation into Euro Car Parts’ acquisition of another car parts supplier, Andrew Page Ltd., after the former failed to address the government’s competition concerns.

  • May 22, 2017

    Facebook Eyes Settlement Of Virtual Cash Antitrust Suit

    Facebook Inc. and Social Ranger LLC have tentatively reached a settlement in a suit alleging the social media giant used anti-competitive practices to dominate the virtual currency services market in social gaming, and a Delaware federal judge on Friday paused the case so the companies could finalize a deal.

  • May 22, 2017

    High Court Won't Review La. Nursing Board Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review a Fifth Circuit decision finding the Louisiana State Board of Nursing was immune from an antitrust suit by a former Grambling State University nursing student whose program was shut down.

  • May 22, 2017

    Justices Won’t Take Up Rabobank Tying Scheme Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not review a law firm’s lawsuit accusing Rabobank NA of taking Chapter 7 estate funds from creditors through a tying scheme with a bankruptcy software company, leaving in place an appeals court’s finding that the bank’s actions were not anti-competitive.

  • May 22, 2017

    Hi-Fi Retailer Latest To Sue MasterCard Over Swipe Fees

    Richer Sounds PLC, a major U.K. home entertainment equipment firm, is the latest retailer to file a claim against MasterCard Inc. over allegedly unfair interchange fees, according to London’s High Court register.

  • May 19, 2017

    Barclays, SocGen, Others Again Fail To Dodge Libor Suit

    Barclays PLC, Société Générale SA, and several other banks accused of rigging interbank loan rates had their latest bid to dismiss a putative class action rejected Friday by a New York federal judge, who said the banks' jurisdictional arguments still fell short.

  • May 19, 2017

    Apple Not A Victim Of Monopoly, Nokia Tells Court

    Nokia asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to toss antitrust counterclaims by Apple in a patent infringement suit over video compression technology, calling the tech giant’s protestations that it was the victim of a monopoly a meritless attempt to impede Nokia’s infringement claims.

  • May 19, 2017

    3rd Circ. Questions Early End To Lipitor Pay-For-Delay Suit

    A Third Circuit panel repeatedly questioned whether a lower court judge acted prematurely when he ended a lawsuit accusing Pfizer and Ranbaxy of engaging in a pay-for-delay scheme over the cholesterol drug Lipitor, suggesting the case should not have been decided before the introduction of any evidence.

  • May 19, 2017

    Brazil's Antitrust Watchdog Raided Over Petrobras Probe

    Brazil’s antitrust watchdog revealed Thursday that federal police and prosecutors executed a search warrant related to an investigation into state-owned oil giant Petrobras requested by the electric power company EPE.

  • May 19, 2017

    Auto Parts Co. Can't Ditch Body Sealing Price-Fixing Suit

    Green Tokai Co. Ltd. must face two potential class action lawsuits alleging it participated in a conspiracy to fix the price of body sealing products, a Michigan federal judge ruled Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ex-Barclays Forex Trader Gets $1.2M Fine, Industry Ban

    Barclays PLC's former global head of foreign exchange spot-trading was slapped with a $1.2 million fine and industry ban Friday by the Federal Reserve, ending enforcement proceedings over his involvement in a currency rigging scheme.

  • May 19, 2017

    Wine Bar Suing Trump Wants Case Out Of Federal Court

    A wine bar located near President Donald Trump's luxury hotel asked the D.C. federal judge hearing its unfair competition suit to send it back to the Superior Court where it originated, arguing the issues pertain to actions Trump took in his personal capacity and not as president.

  • May 19, 2017

    Intel Investors Seek $2M Attys' Fees In Anti-Poach Suit

    Attorneys for Intel Corp. shareholders urged a California judge Friday to award $2 million in attorneys’ fees for their recently tossed derivative suit, alleging Intel executives made illegal deals with other tech companies not to hire away workers, arguing Intel instituted more stringent hiring guidelines as a result of their litigation.

  • May 19, 2017

    Quinn Emanuel Raids Shearman Antitrust Team In Brussels

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has snagged a team of competition attorneys from Shearman & Sterling LLP in Brussels, including the head of the firm's global antitrust group, Quinn Emanuel said Friday.

  • May 18, 2017

    Visa Fee Suit Can’t Be Altered To Skirt CAFA, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday concluded in a split decision in an antitrust case over Visa Inc.’s card-swiping fees that once a suit has been removed to federal court, a proposed class can’t amend its complaint to maneuver around the Class Action Fairness Act and send it back to state court.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Increasing Focus On Info Exchanges Among Competitors

    Phillip Johnson

    Sharing sensitive nonpublic information can have adverse effects on competition. Indeed, recent activity in private and public antitrust enforcement shows growing concern with competitors’ coordinated actions and information sharing, say Phillip Johnson and Niyati Ahuja of Econ One Research Inc.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Best Practices For Managing Data In Antitrust Cases

    George Korenko

    In antitrust litigation, economic experts rely on transactional sales data to study class certification issues, assess liability and calculate economic damages. Collecting these data, understanding how to interpret them and assembling them into a structure amenable to expert analysis requires careful thought and planning, say George Korenko and Matthew Milner of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • The Challenges For CEA Price Manipulation Plaintiffs

    Mark Young

    The recent contrasting outcomes of the regulatory and private actions against Total Gas illustrate at least one significant difference between public and private price manipulation enforcement under the Commodity Exchange Act — private plaintiffs have a difficult, and sometimes insurmountable, hurdle to overcome, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Uber: The Turning Of The Tide

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber Technologies may have reached the end of its worldwide efforts to dominate transportation markets with its popular ride-hailing app. Although Uber has met opposition in the past in both the marketplace and in court, particularly in California, new developments in China and in New York City may be bringing Uber’s nearly unstoppable advance to a halt, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.