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Competition

  • November 30, 2018

    Chicago Education Board Beats 'Ghost Bus' Suit

    Chicago’s Board of Education and a slew of bus companies have won their bid to dismiss a suit brought by a former public schools’ director alleging the companies colluded on special-needs service contracts and billed the city for trips that never took place on "ghost buses" that never ran, all while the board was aware.

  • November 30, 2018

    ECB Launches European Instant Payments System

    The European Central Bank went live on Friday with a new system aimed at letting banks settle cross-border payments instantly across Europe.

  • November 30, 2018

    MasterCard, Visa Can Take Swipe Fees Fight To Top UK Court

    Visa and MasterCard have been granted permission by Britain's Supreme Court to challenge a landmark Court of Appeal decision that found the credit card companies set charges at an unlawfully high level that restricted competition.

  • November 29, 2018

    McKinsey Looks To Fight Jay Alix Claims By Unsealing Docs

    McKinsey & Co. opened a new front on Thursday in its bitter, multi-pronged legal battle with turnaround firm AlixPartners LLP and its founder Jay Alix, asking a Delaware Chancery Court for permission to publicly disseminate documents from a previously settled case that it says will prove Alix's recent attacks are just cynical ploys that follow a game plan formulated years ago.

  • November 29, 2018

    Attys In ISDAfix Antitrust Suit Get $126M Fees, $18M Costs

    A New York federal judge on Thursday granted $126.4 million in fees and $18.4 million in expenses to the lead counsel that scored a settlements valued at $504 million in an antitrust lawsuit alleging that a group of financial firms manipulated global swaps and options benchmark ISDAfix.

  • November 29, 2018

    Rising Funeral Costs Warrant Probe, UK Watchdog Says

    The U.K.’s antitrust enforcer said Thursday that skyrocketing prices in the funeral industry merit a full investigation, after it found in a market study that the increase in costs has far outpaced inflation and isn’t backed up by any rise in quality.

  • November 29, 2018

    Judge Won't Toss College Application Antitrust Suit

    An Oregon federal judge refused Wednesday to toss a revived suit being brought by CollegeNET Inc. accusing Common Application Inc. of monopolizing the standardized college application process, finding that the group's member colleges could be seen as acting in concert to hurt competition.

  • November 29, 2018

    Pet Med Distributors Can’t Access PetIQ’s Merger Filings

    Pet medicine distributor PetIQ can hold onto its merger filings, a California federal judge said Wednesday, refusing an advance peek into the material for a pair of rivals suing to upend the company’s purchase of a veterinary clinics chain they said would choke off competition to supply veterinary medication.

  • November 29, 2018

    Guess Facing $42.4M EU Fine Amid Cross-Border Crackdown

    Fashion brand Guess Inc. reported Wednesday that it is looking at a fine of at least $42.4 million from the European Commission amid the antitrust enforcer’s broad effort to combat anti-competitive restrictions on cross-border shopping.

  • November 29, 2018

    EU Approves Brazilian Wood Pulp Merger With Caveats

    The European Union's antitrust arm on Thursday endorsed the union of two Brazilian eucalyptus wood pulp producers that would create the largest company of its kind in the world, after acquiring company Suzano agreed to several concessions.

  • November 29, 2018

    Aussie Antitrust Head Defends Consumer Welfare Standard

    Australia’s top antitrust enforcer argued Thursday that it would be “inadvisable and counterproductive” to expand the consumer welfare standard beyond its current bounds, in the latest flare-up of international debate over the competition litmus test for judging mergers and business conduct.

  • November 29, 2018

    EU Probing Deal Between Steel, Alloy Companies

    The European Commission's competition watchdog announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into Aperam's proposed acquisition of VDM, citing concerns that the merger could reduce competition in the supply of nickel alloys.

  • November 29, 2018

    Germany Probing Amazon For Abuse Of Dominance

    Germany’s competition authority said Thursday that it is investigating Amazon.com over complaints it received from online sellers about terms imposed by the e-commerce giant that may constitute an abuse of its dominance.

  • November 29, 2018

    Flyers Get $3M Atty Fees In Antitrust Suit Over Airfares

    A New York federal judge has awarded a group of airline passengers $3 million in attorneys’ fees in a proposed antitrust class action alleging that several travel-booking firms colluded to artificially boost airfares, ruling the amount was fair and reasonable.

  • November 29, 2018

    Mass. Hospital Megamerger Wins Approval After AG Deal

    The merger of two major Massachusetts health systems will proceed after state Attorney General Maura Healey negotiated a settlement that includes a cap preventing more than $1 billion in price increases and more than $70 million in community investments, Healey's office announced Thursday.

  • November 28, 2018

    Mylan Pushes For Consumer Witnesses In Battle With Celgene

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals has urged a New Jersey federal judge to allow it to add three consumer witnesses in its case accusing Celgene Corp. of stifling generic competition for the brand-name cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid, saying they can testify about the scheme's impact on drug prices.

  • November 28, 2018

    EU Opens In-Depth Probe Of Nidec's $1B Whirlpool Unit Buy

    Europe's competition enforcer said Wednesday it has opened an in-depth investigation into Nidec Corp.'s planned $1.08 billion purchase of the Embraco compressor business from Whirlpool Corp. over concerns it could hurt competition for the supply of refrigeration compressors.

  • November 28, 2018

    Drug Co. Can’t Duck Opioid Questions In Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Rochester Drug Cooperative won’t be able to dodge questions about a federal investigation into opioid sales during upcoming depositions in its proposed class action accusing Actavis LLC and Shire LLC of settling a patent dispute over an ADHD drug on anti-competitive terms, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • November 28, 2018

    Apple, Qualcomm Spar Over Experts In Battery Life IP Spat

    Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. have launched competing bids to eject each other's expert opinions from the tech giants’ firefight over battery life patents in California federal court, with each side taking shots at the other’s damages research.

  • November 28, 2018

    Groups Call For House Hearings On Sprint-T-Mobile Deal

    Fourteen organizations sent a letter Wednesday regarding the proposed $59 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint to Democratic U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Frank Pallone of New Jersey, asking them to hold hearings during the first quarter of 2019 to examine the tie-up's impact on consumers.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 1

    Barry Reingold

    Last week, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of public hearings on competition and consumer protection issues. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from the three panel discussions.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The AmEx Case

    Evan Chesler

    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pivotal antitrust decision in Ohio v. American Express. Three partners at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who represented AmEx explain how one of the most significant antitrust enforcement actions in recent history led to a landmark precedent for two-sided platforms.

  • Opinion

    FTC's Public Hearings Will Be Valuable

    David Balto

    On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century. These events are an important first step in guiding enforcement priorities, says David Balto, a former policy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.