Competition

  • May 9, 2017

    Charter's VoIP Service Exempt From State Regs, Judge Says

    A Minnesota federal judge ruled in favor of Charter Advanced Services LLC and against a state regulator on Monday, finding that Charter's Voice over Internet Protocol service should be classified as an information service exempt from state regulation.

  • May 8, 2017

    Car-Repair Shops Lose Insurer RICO Action

    A Florida federal judge dismissed a large RICO suit against Geico, Liberty Mutual, State Farm and other major auto insurers on Monday, saying there is virtually nothing to support claims that the insurers force repair shops to accept paltry payment rates.

  • May 8, 2017

    Root Sports Networks Announce In-Market MLB Streaming

    Fans of the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates can now stream the games locally, in market with a cable or satellite subscription, AT&T Sports Networks-owned Root Sports regional sports networks said on Monday, under a deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

  • May 8, 2017

    Anthem, Cigna Battle In Del. Over $54B Merger Termination

    Cigna Corp. told the Delaware Chancery Court on Monday that an Anthem Inc. bid for a 60-day preliminary injunction on a $54 billion merger termination would lead to an unprecedented freeze on a deal already potentially doomed by Justice Department opposition and an appeals court defeat.

  • May 8, 2017

    Fintech Co. Accuses Interest Rate Swap Servicer Of Monopoly

    Financial technology firm TrueEX LLC sued interest rate swap trading company MarkitSERV on Monday, accusing it of maintaining a monopoly over the market for trade processing services in efforts to shut out TrueEx as a competitor, according to a complaint filed in New York federal court.

  • May 8, 2017

    Takeda, Generics Push To Toss Actos Buyers' Antitrust Suit

    Takeda and four generic-drug manufacturers told a New York federal court Friday to dismiss antitrust claims brought by a proposed class that bought diabetes drug Actos, saying that the purchasers’ most recent changes to their claims are “purely cosmetic” and can’t save the suit.

  • May 8, 2017

    Cab Cos. Say Uber Consolidation Bid Stirs Up Conflicts

    Massachusetts taxi companies accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of operating illegally in Boston asked a federal judge Friday not to consolidate two additional cases with their antitrust suit for anything other than discovery purposes, saying there would be conflicts of interest among plaintiffs attorneys.

  • May 8, 2017

    Verizon Spectrum Grants Challenged At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court should review whether the D.C. Circuit erred in letting the Federal Communications Commission off the hook after the agency ignored its own foreign ownership rules by approving mobile spectrum acquisitions made by Verizon Wireless that allowed an anti-competitive scheme to proceed, a regional telecom provider has argued.

  • May 8, 2017

    Bayer To Sell Liberty Biz To Clinch $66B Monsanto Buy

    Bayer AG has agreed to sell off its Liberty Link crop protection technology and the associated Liberty agro-chemicals business worldwide to secure clearance of its $66 billion takeover of rival Monsanto in South Africa, the company said Monday.

  • May 8, 2017

    Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty In DOJ Seafood Price-Fix Probe

    Bumble Bee Foods LLC will plead guilty to fixing prices for shelf-stable tuna and pay a criminal fine of at least $25 million in the first charges to be filed against a corporation in the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing antitrust investigation into the seafood industry, the DOJ said Monday.

  • May 5, 2017

    DOJ Denies Merger Rule Stretch In Radioactive Waste Trial

    A U.S. Department of Justice attorney denied accusations Friday that the government stretched antitrust guidelines, during the close of a 10-day Clayton Act trial in Delaware aimed at blocking a $367 million merger of EnergySolutions Inc. and Waste Control Specialists LLC’s nuclear waste disposal business.

  • May 5, 2017

    Vivendi, Telecom Italia Offer EU Antitrust Fixes On Deal

    French mass media conglomerate Vivendi and Italian telecommunications company Telecom Italia on Thursday sent to the European Commission proposed fixes to a deal under which Vivendi would take de facto control over the Italian telecom firm, hoping to allay antitrust concerns.

  • May 8, 2017

    CORRECTION: Hinshaw Partner Seeks Sanctions After Price-Fix Suit Nixed

    A Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP attorney and his development company client urged a Florida federal judge Friday to sanction an attorney who brought a lawsuit accusing them of benefitting from another company's scheme to rig prices of certain Miami land parcels at a bankruptcy auction, saying he knew the lawsuit’s claims had no factual support. Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Cronig’s ties to Watson, Watson and Cronig's relationship to the alleged scheme, and JAWHBS' role in the bankruptcy case. The errors have been corrected.

  • May 5, 2017

    Amphastar Fights Momenta, Sandoz Bid To Duck Antitrust Suit

    Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. urged a Massachusetts federal court on Thursday not to toss its already revived antitrust suit alleging Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sandoz Inc. stifled competition for the generic anticoagulant enoxaparin, saying its adversaries just disagree with the facts.

  • May 5, 2017

    Calif. Visa, MasterCard Chip Antitrust Suit Moved To NY

    A California federal judge on Thursday agreed to a request by Visa and MasterCard to move an antitrust lawsuit by retailers over their shift to a new security chip system to New York, saying the claims are sufficiently related to multidistrict litigation taking place there.

  • May 5, 2017

    Anthem Appeals $54B Cigna Merger Case To Supreme Court

    In a last-ditch effort to save its troubled $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp., Anthem Inc. on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a circuit court ruling siding with the government in its challenge to the deal.

  • May 4, 2017

    News Corp. Lobbies FCC To Lift Ownership Restrictions

    News Corp. has urged the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider a decision that kept in place rules barring companies from owning newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market, saying current media dynamics show the rules no longer “promote the public interest.”

  • May 4, 2017

    Home Depot’s Paint Price-Fixing Suit Needs Another Coat

    A California federal judge said during a hearing Thursday she’ll toss Home Depot’s lawsuit accusing DuPont and other chemical makers of fixing the price of a key paint ingredient, but said she would allow the retailer to amend its allegations to flesh out details of the alleged conspiracy and its purchases.

  • May 4, 2017

    Steptoe & Johnson Picks Up Former FCC GC

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP on Thursday said that a former general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission and deputy assistant attorney general for litigation in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has joined the firm in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • May 4, 2017

    Aussie Antitrust Agency Questions Billboard Co. Merger

    The merger of the two largest billboard advertising companies in Australia hit a bump Thursday as the country’s competition authority said the transaction could substantially reduce competition in the market.

Expert Analysis

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • 6 Legal And Regulatory Risks Facing Specialty Pharmacies

    Carol Ann Poindexter

    Specialty pharmacies, selling primarily drugs prescribed for complex or chronic medical conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis, often face unique legal and regulatory issues. Attorneys with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP discuss how specialty pharmacies can mitigate some of these risks.

  • Beyond Pay-For-Delay: 3 Pharma Antitrust Cases To Watch

    Chad J. Peterman

    The First Circuit's decision Monday in Amphastar v. Momenta and two cases pending in New Jersey and Connecticut district courts highlight how antitrust implications may arise for pharmaceutical companies from their interactions and strategies with players across the industry — standard-setting bodies, active pharmaceutical ingredient suppliers and drugmakers, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • Shipping Act's Antitrust Preemption Is Powerful

    John Longstreth

    The Third Circuit's recent decision in the Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation affirms that the Shipping Act of 1984 preempts both state and federal antitrust claims. The court’s decision fits comfortably into a line of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that reflect considerable concern that state antitrust laws not be allowed to interfere with regulatory regimes established by Congress, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Defining 'Fair' Licensing: Where We Stand On FRAND

    Charles. L. “Chip” Babcock

    One of the hottest terms in tech right now is “internet of things.” And fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory licensing provides access to that connectivity. The FRAND system is based on mutual trust and shared commercial interests among the world’s most innovative companies. Where it gets complicated is that there is no consensus on what FRAND should mean and whether it can be defined in more detail, says Charles Babcock of Jackson Walker LLP.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.