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Competition

  • November 26, 2018

    UK To Probe Nasdaq-Cinnober Deal's Effect On Competition

    Britain’s competition authority announced Friday it has opened an initial investigation into Nasdaq’s planned $190 million purchase of Cinnober Financial Technology, saying the proposed deal could substantially shrink competition in the U.K. market.

  • November 26, 2018

    CVS, Aetna $69B Merger Clears Final Hurdle In NY

    New York regulators on Monday handed CVS Health Corp. the final approval needed for its $69 billion purchase of Aetna Inc., which the companies said will be tied up by midweek.

  • November 26, 2018

    Gas Stations Can't Delay Card Swipe Fee Deal, Court Told

    A tentative deal to end a class action over credit card swipe fees shouldn’t get delayed because brand gasoline retailers are locked in disputes with the oil companies whose fuel they sell, class lawyers have told a New York federal judge.

  • November 26, 2018

    EU Launches Antitrust Probe Into Airline Booking Cos.

    Two major air booking companies are facing an investigation by the European Commission over allegedly anti-competitive contracts with airlines and travel agents that the watchdog said may block rivals from the market and ratchet up airfares.

  • November 26, 2018

    JPMorgan, Citi Reach $182.5M Deal In Euribor Investor Suit

    Investors asked a New York federal judge on Wednesday for preliminary approval of a $182.5 million settlement that would drop JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. from claims that they, along with several other big banks, manipulated the Euro Interbank Offered Rate.

  • November 26, 2018

    Belgian Antitrust Watchdog To Probe Liberty Global Deals

    Europe’s competition enforcer announced Monday that it is referring a pair of Liberty Global deals to Belgium’s competition watchdog, saying that the transactions may threaten to lessen competition in several regional television markets in Belgium.

  • November 26, 2018

    UK Logs Antitrust Fears Over $2.2B PayPal Merger With Rival

    Britain’s antitrust enforcer warned Monday that PayPal’s $2.2 billion takeover of a Swedish rival could stifle competition and force up costs for consumers as it ordered both businesses to address its concerns or face further investigation.

  • November 26, 2018

    EU Approves German Bank Sale To Private Investors

    The European Commission gave the all-clear on Monday to plans by HSH Nordbank AG, a German state-owned bank and shipping lender, to steam ahead with its privatization plans after it secured a deal with a group of private equity companies that would not require additional state aid.

  • November 21, 2018

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 71 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2018 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • November 21, 2018

    Attys Nab $5.9M For Negotiating $19.7M Price-Fix Settlements

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday awarded $5.9 million in fees and expenses to attorneys who worked on obtaining $19.7 million in settlements with Mitsubishi Electric and Furukawa in litigation alleging auto parts companies conspired to fix the price of wire harness products.

  • November 21, 2018

    CDK Balks At Doc Request In Dealership Data Antitrust MDL

    CDK Global LLC called a request for discovery “abusive” and a “scorched-earth approach” in the multidistrict litigation accusing the seller of dealer management systems of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, telling an Illinois federal court Tuesday it should not have to respond to the request.

  • November 21, 2018

    EU's Vestager Defends Interventionist Competition Policy

    Europe's competition commissioner threw a little shade on the U.S. approach to antitrust policy in a speech arguing that it's fair game to use competition policy as a means to pursue social and political goals like combating climate change — an idea long out of favor among her American counterparts.

  • November 21, 2018

    Software Co.'s Noncompetes Unlawful In Calif., Rival Says

    SHI International Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday in California federal court by a rival software seller that claims it unlawfully bound its California employees to restrictive noncompete agreements under New Jersey law.

  • November 21, 2018

    Oil, Gas Retailers Worry Swipe Fee Deal Curtails Claims

    Three retail gasoline trade groups objected in New York federal court Wednesday to a class action settlement with credit card issuers and banks over swipe fees, saying they're worried stores affiliated with oil refiners will get excluded from claim eligibility.

  • November 21, 2018

    Consumer Groups Push 1st Circ. To Redo Asacol Class Cert.

    Law professors and two consumer interest groups urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to reconsider a decision last month decertifying a class of buyers who allegedly overpaid for the ulcerative colitis drug Asacol, arguing that class actions can't be disqualified just because some class members never suffered an injury.

  • November 21, 2018

    Ex-Wells Fargo Forex Trader Can Be Deposed In Rigging Suit

    A former Wells Fargo trader will be deposed in a putative investor class action accusing several other big banks of rigging the foreign exchange market, despite the trader’s claims that he has no knowledge about the alleged activity at the heart of the suit, a New York federal judge ordered on Tuesday.

  • November 21, 2018

    Judge Asks For JPMorgan Response In Silver Trading Suit

    A New York federal judge Tuesday ordered JPMorgan Chase & Co. to provide its view of a request from traders accusing the bank of manipulating the silver futures market to re-depose three bank employees following a plea agreement and the government's bid to pause the case.

  • November 21, 2018

    Qualcomm Gets Claims Trimmed In Patent Row With Apple

    Qualcomm has convinced a California federal judge to trim certain patent-related claims by Apple in the pair’s ongoing legal brawl, with the judge finding that Apple failed to show that the court still has jurisdiction over the claims in light of the chipmaker’s recent covenant not to sue over the patents at issue.

  • November 21, 2018

    Teva Execs Liable For Price-Hike Misstatements: Investors

    Investors suing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. blasted a dismissal bid in Connecticut federal court by two former executives who claim that they did not sign the documents that allegedly concealed a price-hike scheme, saying that signature or no signature, the company officials were responsible for the content of the filings.

  • November 20, 2018

    Firm's Antitrust Claims Survive In Interest Rate Swaps MDL

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid to dismiss fintech firm trueEX LLC’s antitrust claims against 11 banks that allegedly boycotted the firm’s interest rate swaps platform and funneled business to an exchange that they operated, finding the allegations mirrored others in the multidistrict litigation that were allowed to pass through.

Expert Analysis

  • Structuring Investigations In Light Of UK Privilege Case

    Mark Beeley

    The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Foreign Investments In German Cos. Face Increased Scrutiny

    Daniel Wiedmann

    Tighter rules for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have been echoed in Germany, and further changes are on the way. Recent developments show that the German government does not shy away from blocking foreign investments, says Daniel Wiedmann of P+P Pöllath + Partners.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • The Potential Reach Of High Court's AmEx Antitrust Analysis

    Barry Reingold

    As lower courts decide whether to apply the U.S. Supreme Court's AmEx decision to other types of two-sided markets, the key question will be whether allegedly anti-competitive conduct on one side of a platform may be credibly constrained by indirect network effects on the other, say Barry Reingold and David Chiappetta of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • How Blockchain Use Can Block Competition

    Daniel Fenske

    Given that blockchain technology is still developing and new uses are popping up every day, it is impossible to conceive of every anti-competitive problem that could arise. Daniel Fenske and Justin Steffen of Jenner & Block LLP address two antitrust issues that are readily apparent and can be mitigated.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.