Competition

  • December 4, 2017

    Ireland, Apple Agree To Put $15B In Escrow For Tax Dispute

    The Ireland Department of Finance announced it has reached an agreement with Apple Inc. to put nearly $15 billion in escrow while its dispute with the European Commission over alleged unpaid taxes proceeds through the courts.

  • December 4, 2017

    Seattle Insists Uber Union Law Immune From Antitrust Row

    Seattle told the Ninth Circuit on Friday that its ordinance allowing drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to unionize is immune from antitrust challenges, and that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against the collective bargaining law should be rejected.

  • December 4, 2017

    Sony Says HannStar Flipped In Its Bid To Duck Antitrust Deal

    Sony told a California federal court on Friday that HannStar is still trying to escape a $4.1 million settlement over a scheme to fix prices for liquid crystal displays and has now flipped its position after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up its appeal in October.

  • December 4, 2017

    Justices Won't Review Airlines' $40M One-Size-Fits-All Deal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a $39.5 million settlement in antitrust multidistrict litigation accusing Societe Air France, Japan Airlines and other airlines of fixing prices for transpacific flights, leaving untouched a deal that was challenged for purportedly having intraclass conflicts.

  • December 4, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Review Minor Leaguers' Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Ninth Circuit decision that upheld a 95-year-old baseball antitrust exemption in minor league players’ wage suit against Major League Baseball, rejecting their additional bid to decide the constitutionality of a related law.

  • December 3, 2017

    CVS Inks $69B Takeover Of Aetna

    CVS Health Corp. unveiled a $69 billion deal for Aetna Inc. on Sunday, paving the way for a union of a major pharmacy operator and a health insurance giant after Aetna saw its own takeover of a rival implode amid antitrust scrutiny earlier this year.

  • December 1, 2017

    Germany Changes World Cup Tix Policy After Antitrust Probe

    Germany’s competition watchdog on Friday said that the country’s soccer governing body will make changes to application policies for tickets to the German national team’s 2018 World Cup matches, following a probe into whether such practices abused a dominant position in the marketplace.

  • December 1, 2017

    FDA's Focus On Competition May Boost FTC Enforcement

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's growing focus on competition problems in the pharmaceutical sector could lead to policy changes making it easier for generics to come to market, while also paving the way for the Federal Trade Commission to bring more novel enforcement actions.

  • December 1, 2017

    Justices To Hear Appeal In Tesla Unit Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear the appeal of an Arizona utility that wants to immediately challenge a lower court's determination the power company must face an antitrust suit brought by Tesla subsidiary SolarCity Corp.

  • December 1, 2017

    Lufthansa Offers Concessions For €210M Air Berlin Buy

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG offered Europe’s antitrust enforcer concessions Thursday for its plan to purchase €210 million ($238.1 million) in assets from the beleaguered Air Berlin PLC after the commission found that the deal could hurt competition.

  • December 1, 2017

    Drug Co. Wants FOIA Answers From NIH Over Biotech Ties

    Orphan drug biotech company CTD Holdings Inc. on Thursday accused the National Institutes of Health in Florida federal court of not producing a single document to fill a year-old Freedom of Information Act request about ties the agency has with CTD’s competitor, Vtesse Inc.

  • November 30, 2017

    Car Buyers Ask 6th Circ. To Scrap Objections To $40M Deals

    The Sixth Circuit should throw out objections brought by two people over nearly $40 million in class action settlements between Denso Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and the customers who bought vehicles built with parts made by those companies, the customers said Wednesday, arguing the objections came too late.

  • November 30, 2017

    Jury Finds Japanese Auto Parts Co. Not Guilty Of Bid Rigging

    An Ohio federal jury on Wednesday found a Japanese company and its subsidiary not guilty of charges they were involved in a conspiracy to rig bids for automotive parts, reaching their decision in less than four hours on the 13th day of trial.

  • November 30, 2017

    Japan Auto Parts Co. Settles Price-Fixing Claims For $12M

    A Michigan federal judge on Thursday gave initial approval to a $12.16 million proposed settlement that would end claims in multidistrict litigation that a Japanese auto parts supplier participated in a wide-ranging conspiracy to hinder competition by fixing the prices of ceramic substrates sold to U.S. automakers.

  • November 30, 2017

    Teladoc Drops Antitrust Suit Against Texas Med Board

    Remote medical care provider Teladoc Inc. on Wednesday dropped its federal antitrust suit against the Texas Medical Board over rules requiring doctors to see patients face-to-face before providing services, months after a new state law was signed negating the rules.

  • November 30, 2017

    AB InBev Kept Cheap Beer From Belgians, EU Says

    The European Commission on Thursday accused Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewer, of using anti-competitive tactics and abusing its dominant market position to keep cheap beer sold in France and the Netherlands out of the hands of Belgian consumers.

  • November 30, 2017

    ACCC, Rival Won't Appeal OK Of $4.8B Betting Co. Merger

    The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission has said it won’t challenge a court decision approving Tabcorp Holdings Ltd.’s AU$6.37 billion ($4.84 billion) takeover of Tatts Group Ltd., hours after rival online betting platform CrownBet Pty Ltd. on Thursday struck a deal not to appeal the decision.

  • November 30, 2017

    Visa Scores In UK Swipe Fee Case Against Sainsbury's

    A High Court judge in London handed a win to Visa Inc. on Thursday, ruling in a long-running case brought by Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd. that the credit card company did not set its interchange fees at an unlawful level that restricted competition.

  • November 29, 2017

    Reckitt, Generics Makers Settle Mucinex Antitrust Case

    Reckitt Benckiser Inc. has reached a settlement with a generic-drug maker that had accused the British company of unfairly cutting out competition for an extended-release version of Mucinex by violating a patent infringement settlement agreement they’d struck, according to a judgment Tuesday ending the Pennsylvania federal court case.

  • November 29, 2017

    Retailers Seek Class Cert. For Visa, MasterCard Antitrust Row

    A proposed class of merchants suing Visa, MasterCard and others over the purportedly collusive shift to retailers of credit card fraud risk that happened during the rollout of microchip-enabled cards in the U.S. pushed for class certification on Wednesday, arguing that evidence shows the credit card giants conspired to make the liability shift.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.