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Competition

  • July 5, 2018

    Baxter, Hospira Freed From Saline Price-Fixing Case For Now

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday dismissed Baxter International Inc. and Hospira Inc. without prejudice from an Alabama health care provider’s proposed antitrust class action alleging that they conspired to fix the price of intravenous saline solution by using recalls to stage a shortage, agreeing that the theory is "implausible."

  • July 5, 2018

    Athletes Win Expert Depositions In NCAA Compensation Row

    The NCAA must make three witnesses available for pretrial questioning in a lawsuit challenging the organization’s rules that prevent athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships, a California federal judge ruled after former college athletes who brought the lawsuit accused the NCAA of playing games with its witness lists.

  • July 5, 2018

    Card-Shuffler Co. Slams Instruction Ahead Of Antitrust Trial

    Scientific Games Inc. told an Illinois federal judge on Thursday that its rival Shuffle Tech International LLC is proposing an unnecessary and “unduly prejudicial” instruction ahead of their trial this month over Shuffle Tech’s claim the gaming technology company unlawfully cornered the electronic card-shuffler market.

  • July 5, 2018

    Soccer League Fights For June 2019 Trial In Antitrust Suit

    The North American Soccer League defended its bid for an early June 2019 trial date in its antitrust suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, arguing in New York federal court Wednesday that it has repeatedly lobbied for the date to ensure it can hold a 2020 season.

  • July 5, 2018

    Koch Foods Slams Chicken Buyers’ Bid For 50K Docs In MDL

    Koch Foods Inc. asked an Illinois federal court on Thursday to deny a bid by chicken buyers to compel production of as many as 50,000 email attachments in major antitrust multidistrict litigation against poultry producers, arguing that providing the documents would impose an undue burden on the company.

  • July 5, 2018

    Baker Donelson Blasts DQ Bid In BCBS Antitrust Row

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC fought Tuesday to continue representing a Blue Cross Blue Shield unit facing an antitrust suit from allergy testing company United Allergy Services, telling a Louisiana federal court that its short stint representing UAS involved no exposure to confidential information that would disqualify it from from representing the insurer in this case.

  • July 5, 2018

    EU Approves $2.4B Tronox-Cristal Deal With Conditions

    Europe's competition enforcer said Wednesday it has approved Tronox Ltd.'s proposed $2.4 billion purchase of the Saudi-owned chemical mining company Cristal, after Tronox agreed to sell a business supplying certain titanium dioxide pigments used for paper laminate.

  • July 5, 2018

    Forex Investors Want $1M From Ex-Trader In Rigging Suit

    Investors behind a putative class action accusing several big banks of rigging the foreign exchange market have called for $1 million in restitution from a former Barclays PLC and BNP Paribas PLC trader, telling a New York federal judge they should have a say in his sentencing proceedings.

  • July 5, 2018

    Uber Can’t Escape Unfair Competition Row, Taxi Drivers Say

    Fifty New Orleans taxi drivers and companies suing Uber Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Rasier LLC for unfair competition urged a Louisiana federal court Tuesday to reject Uber's attempt to toss the suit, saying they are seeking damages rather than the enforcement of certain laws. 

  • July 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2018

    What makes a law firm truly global? What does it take to handle the biggest and most complex cross-border matters? These firms know. Here, Law360 reveals its eighth annual ranking of the firms with the most international clout.

  • July 4, 2018

    How Smaller Firms Can Go Global Without Going Bankrupt

    Setting up shop across the globe may seem impossible for smaller law firms, but it can be done — and it's not the only way to get business overseas. Here, Law360 looks at what firms should think about when deciding whether, and how, to go global.

  • July 4, 2018

    Global Law Firms Bulk Up In Europe As Brexit Approaches

    With Britain less than a year from exiting the European Union, firms on Law360’s Global 20 have begun pushing deeper into the countries remaining in the bloc, adding offices and industry specialists in a shift that could rebalance how BigLaw works in the region.

  • July 4, 2018

    MasterCard, Visa Lose UK Appeal In Swipe Fee Antitrust Suits

    Credit card companies Visa and MasterCard set fees at an unlawful level that restricted competition, a London appellate court ruled Wednesday, in a landmark judgment in favor of a group of British retailers that could revive lawsuits potentially worth billions of dollars against the card firms.

  • July 3, 2018

    Direct Drug Purchasers Aim For Consolidation In Zetia MDL

    A putative class of direct purchasers of the cholesterol drug Zetia asked a Virginia federal judge on Monday to consolidate their antitrust claims accusing Merck & Co. of orchestrating a pay-for-delay scheme to keep a generic version of the drug off the market.

  • July 3, 2018

    EU Court Upholds €57M Bathroom Fixture Cartel Fine

    A European court on Tuesday upheld a €57 million ($66.4 million) fine levied against Sanitec Europe Oy for its part in an alleged price-fixing scheme in the market for bathroom fixtures that saw enforcers hit 17 companies with more than €600 million in penalties.

  • July 3, 2018

    S. Africa Piles On Price-Fixing Charges Against Takata

    South Africa’s competition enforcer said Tuesday that it has hit embattled car parts manufacturer Takata Corp. with more than a dozen additional charges over allegations that it fixed the prices for seat belts and airbags supplied to BMW, Toyota and others.

  • July 3, 2018

    CBOE Accused Of Manipulating VIX Futures In Antitrust Suit

    A Luxembourg-based investment group has launched a putative class action accusing the holding company for the Chicago Board Options Exchange of manipulating the VIX index, causing the U.S. volatility benchmark to spike and reaping more than a billion dollars in proceeds in the process. 

  • July 3, 2018

    Drug Wholesalers Ask For Cert. Over Lamictal Generic Delay

    A proposed class of drug wholesalers alleging GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. conspired to delay generic competition of the epilepsy treatment Lamictal asked a New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday for certification, reasoning that district courts have allowed similar claims to advance as class actions.

  • July 3, 2018

    City Lawyers, Accountants Demand Brexit Deal On Services

    Some of Britain’s biggest law and accountancy firms have handed Prime Minister Theresa May a list of Brexit demands and said that failure to secure a deal that involves mutual recognition of regulations and qualifications and free movement of staff could damage the sector.

  • July 2, 2018

    The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

    In its first complete term back at full strength since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the top U.S. court took on several cases that revealed deep divisions among its members. Here are the most stinging dissents.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • FDA Notices Show Agency Is All In On Tobacco Regulation

    Paul Cicelski

    In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three advanced notices of proposed rulemaking on tobacco, nicotine, flavors in tobacco products and premium cigars. Advertisers and manufacturers of tobacco products seeking to help the FDA craft better, more representative rules must provide comments to the agency by mid-June, says Paul Cicelski of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Has A New Leader

    Tara Reinhart

    For the first time in many years, the deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division will come from outside the Antitrust Division. The appointment of Richard A. Powers is important because he could stay in the role well beyond this administration, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • ITC’s Amended Section 337 Rules Streamline Investigations

    Jordan Coyle

    Late last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued long-awaited final amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure pertaining to investigations under Section 337 of the Tariff Act. Jordan Coyle and Diana Szego Fassbender of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP analyze the most significant amendments and the circumstances surrounding them, and offer key practice tips.

  • A Proposed Approach For High Court In Vitamin C Case

    Michael Kimberly

    It is safe to expect a narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in Animal Science v. Hebei, instructing lower courts not to give conclusive deference to foreign sovereigns’ legal submissions. But it would be more sensible to instruct U.S. courts to assess whether these submissions are entitled to any deference in their country of origin and, if so, to give them that deference, say Michael Kimberly and Matthew Waring of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • The Future Of Antitrust Claims At The ITC

    Matthew Rizzolo

    In March, the U.S. International Trade Commission's dismissal of U.S. Steel’s complaint caused some to question whether there remained a viable path for antitrust-based claims at the ITC. But the initiation of an antitrust-based Section 337 investigation just days later shows that the door for antitrust claims at the ITC has not closed, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Breaking Down The New Antitrust Investigation Into Colleges

    Amy Gallegos

    Letters issued to certain elite colleges and universities indicate that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating early-decision programs. The antitrust theories raised on this issue in the early 2000s were fatally flawed, but they warrant a look because they may be behind the government’s investigation, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.