Competition

  • September 5, 2017

    S. Korean Court Denies Qualcomm Stay Of Antitrust Order

    Qualcomm will appeal a South Korean court's decision greenlighting a corrective order by the country’s competition authority requiring the tech giant to change its patent licensing practices, the company said late Monday.

  • September 5, 2017

    Cox Seeks Arbitration, Dismissal In Used Car Antitrust Fight

    Cox Enterprises Inc. and its affiliates have urged a Florida federal judge to compel arbitration or dismiss allegations by a bankrupt used car dealership that the conglomerate monopolized the used car market for financial gain, calling the allegations “meritless.”

  • September 5, 2017

    Interjet Says US Overstepped In Mexico Airport Slots Row

    Interjet has told the D.C. Circuit that the U.S. government wrongfully denied the Mexican low-cost airline a chance to bid for lucrative new slots that opened up at Mexico City’s airport following an antitrust deal that Delta Air Lines and Aeroméxico reached with regulators in order to launch a joint venture.

  • September 5, 2017

    $111M Forex Deals Get Preliminary OK, 15th Bank Settles

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to proposed settlements totaling $111.2 million between five banks and investors in a suit accusing 16 of the world’s largest banks of rigging foreign exchange rates, with the plaintiffs’ counsel also announcing a settlement with another, bringing the running total of banks that have settled to 15.

  • September 5, 2017

    5-Hour Energy Discount Suit Not Over Yet, Judge Says

    A California federal magistrate judge on Friday shot down dueling bids by wholesalers and the maker of 5-Hour Energy drinks to claim victory in a dispute over alleged illegal price breaks given to Costco by the manufacturer, saying there are still a number of factual issues to resolve.

  • September 1, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a buy-to-let mortgage provider's suit against the attorney general, a dispute between a private equity trust in wind down and its former manager, and dozens more merchants suing Visa and MasterCard. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 1, 2017

    Samsung, Toshiba Can’t Toss Disk Drive MDL, Consumers Say

    Consumers hit back Thursday at Samsung, Toshiba and BenQ’s bids to dodge claims against them in sprawling multidistrict antitrust litigation over an alleged conspiracy to fix prices for optical disk drives, arguing in California federal court that direct and circumstantial evidence implicates all three of them.

  • September 1, 2017

    Bumble Bee, StarKist Replace Counsel In Tuna Price-Fix MDL

    Bumble Bee Foods LLC and StarKist Co. have shaken up their legal teams in multidistrict litigation over an alleged tuna price-fixing scheme, with both companies replacing the firms representing them, according to documents filed in California federal court.

  • September 1, 2017

    Cubs See Win In Rooftop Sightlines Battle At 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit said Friday it would not revive a lawsuit by Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners accusing the Chicago Cubs of breaching a contract preventing the obstruction of stadium sightlines, finding that the deal's language and Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption bar the claims.

  • September 1, 2017

    3rd Circ. Asked To Rethink Wellbutrin Pay-For-Delay Ruling

    Wellbutrin buyers on Thursday asked the Third Circuit to reconsider an August decision siding with GlaxoSmithKline PLC in litigation accusing the company of stifling generic competition for the drug, saying the appeals court’s ruling conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • August 31, 2017

    EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Redaction Flub May Undermine Libor Case

    U.S. Department of Justice lawyers made a potentially serious error in a Libor-rigging case against a former Deutsche Bank trader Wednesday when they mistakenly revealed the nature of testimony he was compelled to give to U.K. authorities in a separate probe.

  • August 31, 2017

    Scouts Can't Overcome Long-Held MLB Antitrust Protection

    The nearly century-old antitrust exemption for Major League Baseball remains intact after the Second Circuit on Thursday rejected the latest challenge that sought to narrow its scope, showing that courts are unwilling to weaken the doctrine unless Congress takes action.

  • August 31, 2017

    Ex-HSBC Exec Headed To Trial Over Forex Scam

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Thursday said the trial of a former senior HSBC Holdings PLC executive accused of running a scheme to front-run a $3.5 billion foreign exchange transaction will begin at the end of September.

  • August 31, 2017

    UK To Reveal Decision On Secretive Economic Crime Review

    Britain’s government is to make a decision about the future of U.K. agencies involved in investigating and prosecuting economic crime in the next few weeks, following a secretive review of their effectiveness, it was revealed on Friday.

  • August 31, 2017

    Qualcomm Can't See All Of Apple’s Patent Rates In FTC Suit

    A California magistrate judge denied on Thursday Qualcomm’s request for third-party Apple to produce all of its expert reports that calculate damages in any patent litigation over its cellular devices, finding that royalty rates in those cases aren’t relevant to the FTC’s antitrust suit against Qualcomm because “not all patents are created equal.”

  • August 31, 2017

    Washington State AG Sues To Break Up Health Care System

    Washington's state attorney general on Thursday sued CHI Franciscan Health in federal court seeking to undo two recent transactions the suit claims were undertaken to increase prices on patients in the Kitsap Peninsula area west of Seattle.

  • August 31, 2017

    Mylan, Other Drugmakers Must Pay $67M In Antitrust Suit

    The D.C. federal court has ordered generic-drug maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals and chemical companies Cambrex and Gyma Laboratories to pay a combined $67 million to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and three other insurers in a long-running suit accusing the three companies of violating state antitrust laws.

  • August 31, 2017

    Investigate Gilead Patent Deals, AIDS Activists Urge NY

    Gilead Sciences Inc. entered into pay-for-delay settlements that were likely illegal with companies trying to bring a generic version of its blockbuster HIV treatment and prevention medication Truvada on the market, a group of HIV/AIDS activists have told New York’s attorney general in urging him to launch an investigation.

  • August 31, 2017

    Dell, LG Chem Settle Price-Fixing Claims In Battery MDL

    LG Chem has reached an agreement to settle claims by Dell that the company participated in a conspiracy to fix prices for lithium-ion batteries, according to papers filed in a California federal court Wednesday.

  • August 31, 2017

    Sinclair, Tribune Merger Harms TV Viewers, FCC Told

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co.’s proposed combination would drastically alter over-the-air television content, slashing local sports and news coverage, as well as hamper competition, said consumer advocacy organizations and telecom industry groups in recent Federal Communications Commission filings.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect From Antitrust Under Trump

    Edwin S. Rockefeller

    President Donald Trump's nomination of Makan Delrahim to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division provides little indication of what will become of antitrust. But there are other possible clues as to what may be ahead, says attorney Edwin S. Rockefeller.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • High Court Signals Interest In Vitamin C Price-Fix Case

    Nicholas Melzer

    For all companies engaged in international commerce, guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Second Circuit's controversial decision in the Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation would be welcome. If the Supreme Court's recent request for input from the acting solicitor general is any indication, the court may agree, say Nicholas Melzer and Janet Chung of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Why Amazon Is Taking To The Skies

    Dana Hobart

    Logistics companies like FedEx and UPS are considering holiday surcharges to help deliver the dizzying number of packages consumers buy online. The launch of Amazon's dedicated air cargo fleet will allow the e-commerce giant to hold its own shipping prices steady, and may portend a day when it cuts out the middlemen entirely, says Dana Hobart of Buchalter.

  • 2nd Circ. Libor Ruling Helps Subjects In Int'l Investigations

    Gregory O’Connell

    The Second Circuit's Allen decision Wednesday tilts the scales toward subjects and targets in multinational investigations. U.S. prosecutors could be forced to get involved in international investigations earlier than they might like, say Gregory O’Connell and Peter Sluka of De Feis O’Connell & Rose PC.

  • The ‘Failing Firm’ Defense: Pointers From A Blocked Deal

    Danyll Foix

    The recently blocked merger between EnergySolutions and Waste Control Specialists not only confirms that exclusive negotiation, or “no talk,” terms in transactions can thwart antitrust defenses like the “failing firm” defense, but also illustrates how parties may implement these terms without creating antitrust problems, says Danyll Foix of BakerHostetler.

  • Sherman Act Is An Unconstitutional Criminal Statute: Part 2

    Robert Connolly

    What passed constitutional muster when the Sherman Act was a misdemeanor merits another look now that the statute carries a maximum jail time of 10 years. I have a proposal to fix the criminal element of the Sherman Act, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.