Competition

  • February 9, 2018

    Antitrust Watchdogs Stymied $159B In Deals In 2017: Report

    International antitrust enforcers thwarted more than €130 billion ($158.8 billion) in deals worldwide last year, according to a report released Friday, as an international merger market has continued to heat up.

  • February 9, 2018

    Building Supply Antitrust Suit Survives Dismissal Phase

    Building-supply company Armstrong World Industries Inc. will have to face an antitrust suit after a Delaware federal judge refused Friday to dismiss most of the suit's claims that Armstrong established exclusive agreements with ceiling tile distributors that locked out competitors.

  • February 9, 2018

    DOJ Slams Hospital Chain In Surgery Center's Antitrust Row

    The U.S. Department of Justice has gone to bat for Marion HealthCare LLC in the surgery center’s antitrust suit against Southern Illinois Healthcare, telling an Illinois federal court SIH is wrong to argue that an appeals court ruling means its disputed insurance contracts are legal “as a matter of law.”

  • February 9, 2018

    HP Consumers Want US-Wide Class In Ink Cartridge Row

    Customers who received phony error messages after trying to install third-party ink cartridges in Hewlett Packard Co. printers have asked a California federal court to certify a nationwide class action against the company for federal computer fraud and common law trespass.

  • February 9, 2018

    Texas County Drops $3.5M Border Fence Fraud Suit

    The Hidalgo County, Texas, Drainage District, which had accused its former general-manager-turned-contractor of defrauding taxpayers over a multimillion-dollar project to build a levee and border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, has dropped the remaining claims in its $3.5 million suit, days after a state judge dismissed others.

  • February 9, 2018

    Broadcom Looks To Woo Qualcomm After Latest Rejection

    Broadcom Ltd. on Friday said it would welcome talks with Qualcomm Inc. after the California chipmaker rejected its $121 billion takeover offer, but the sides are still at odds over the deal’s chances for success with antitrust regulators and over the specifics of how a deal would come together.

  • February 9, 2018

    Bar Prep Co. Takes Another Shot At $50M Law School Suit

    A rival to bar exam preparation company Barbri Inc. has filed another $50 million lawsuit against its competitor and a slew of law schools, accusing them —  this time in a New York state court complaint — of colluding to exclude it from their campuses in the prep market for foreign students seeking advanced law degrees.

  • February 9, 2018

    DOJ Settles Antitrust Suit Against Mich. Hospital

    The federal government on Friday struck a deal to end nearly three years' worth of litigation accusing Henry Ford Allegiance Health of agreeing with three other Michigan hospitals to not advertise in each other’s territories, roughly a month before a trial was set to start in March.

  • February 9, 2018

    Door Skins Supplier Denied Quick Win In Antitrust Suit

    A Virginia federal judge Friday shot down an Oregon-based door skins supplier’s bid to escape antitrust claims, saying there are factual disputes as to whether a 2012 merger enabled the company to engage in anti-competitive behavior to the detriment of a Texas doormaker.

  • February 8, 2018

    Maritime Co. Loses Bid For $2.5M Antitrust Case Coverage

    An AIG unit does not have to pay the $2.5 million Crowley Maritime Corp. spent defending an executive from antitrust allegations, a Florida federal court said Thursday, finding Crowley is stuck in a legal “Catch-22” that leaves it unable to use new information to unlock previously denied coverage.

  • February 8, 2018

    5-Hour Energy Accused Of Giving Costco Unfair Pricing Edge

    A cash-and-carry wholesaler on Thursday hit the maker of 5-Hour Energy drink with an antitrust suit in California federal court, saying the drink maker has offered favorable pricing to Costco for years, harming rival sellers of the product.

  • February 8, 2018

    Ex-Shields Pharmacy Exec Asks 1st Circ. To Allow FCA Claim

    Counsel for a fired pharmacy executive argued before the First Circuit on Thursday that health care providers that establish contracts through anti-competitive practices should be held liable for false claims charged to government insurance programs under those agreements.

  • February 8, 2018

    Dems Ask Sessions For Docs Over AT&T-Time Warner Suit

    Four House Democrats asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday to hand over documents relating to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit over the planned merger between AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. amid concerns the department is bending to political pressure from President Donald Trump.

  • February 8, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won’t Put Media Ownership Deregulation On Hold

    The Third Circuit refused to stop the Federal Communications Commission’s order lifting broadcast media ownership rules from taking effect Wednesday amid a challenge from media groups, holding that the groups had not “satisfied the exacting standard” for a stay of the agency’s action.

  • February 8, 2018

    India Slaps Google With $21M Abuse Of Dominance Fine

    India’s competition enforcer said Thursday that it has fined search giant Google 1.36 billion rupees ($21.1 million) for abusing its dominant position in the markets for general online search and search advertising services in the country.

  • February 8, 2018

    Dealers Slam Tesla Info Grab In 6th Circ. Direct-Sales Row

    The Michigan Automobile Dealers Association told the Sixth Circuit Wednesday that Tesla’s bid to grab privileged communications from three dealerships in its challenge to a Michigan ban on direct-to-consumer auto sales has sweeping First Amendment implications and that Tesla’s “sour grapes” attack on the state law doesn’t hold water.

  • February 8, 2018

    Gov’t Not A Music Royalty ‘Central Planner,’ DC Circ. Told

    Royalty collector SoundExchange Inc. urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to upend the federal Copyright Royalty Board's digital streaming music rates, arguing the board impermissibly based the too-low rates on a fictional marketplace and according to Congress should not be a “central planner” for royalties.

  • February 8, 2018

    Apple Sanctions Nixed In Qualcomm Antitrust Battle

    A California federal judge on Wednesday lifted a $300,000 sanctions order against Apple Inc. for missing a document production deadline in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case against Qualcomm Inc., ruling that a magistrate judge cited unclear authority in issuing the order.

  • February 8, 2018

    NASL Sues US Soccer Execs Over Relegated Status

    The North American Soccer League on Tuesday continued its legal fight over its now-revoked Division II status, suing U.S. Soccer Federation executives in New York state court over “overt favoritism” toward two rival leagues and an alleged scheme to collapse the NASL.

  • February 8, 2018

    Top EU Court Clears Way To Block Dual Lloyd's Contract Bids

    European nations can bar Lloyd’s of London syndicates from bidding for public sector contracts if “unambiguous evidence” shows they failed to write up their tenders independently, the European Union's highest court said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • What To Make Of CVS-Aetna And Other Megadeals

    Randy Gordon

    Under one view, large-scale mergers like the one proposed between CVS and Aetna are fine so long as they don’t restrict consumer choices and stifle innovation. But from another view, “bigness” can be an evil in its own right, says Randy Gordon of Crowe & Dunlevy PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.