Competition

  • October 18, 2017

    Capacitor Maker Nippon Chemi-Con Indicted For Price-Fixing

    A federal grand jury indicted Nippon Chemi-Con Corp. for participating in a long-running conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Ex-HSBC Forex Exec Gets 'F-Minus In Fraud,' Jury Hears

    In a closing argument that lasted 5 1/2 hours, counsel for former former HSBC foreign currency exchange executive Mark Johnson told a Brooklyn federal jury Wednesday that Johnson, despite defrauding Cairn Energy through a $3.5 billion forex deal, is a good man, an innocent man incapable of committing fraud and, for good measure, there was no fraud.

  • October 18, 2017

    Dollar Tree Says Dollar Express Claims Lack Factual Basis

    Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc. on Wednesday attacked counterclaims lobbed by the purchaser of its divested stores in its Delaware suit seeking payment for inventory, saying Dollar Express has no facts to back up its argument that Dollar Tree sought to sink the stores after the transfer.

  • October 18, 2017

    Argentine Co. Still Excused From Soccer TV Rights Suit

    A Florida federal judge declined Wednesday to reconsider the dismissal of claims against an Argentine sports media rights company in a bribery and antitrust lawsuit against a group of 21st Century Fox Inc. units over broadcast rights for South American soccer tournaments.

  • October 18, 2017

    Trump Nominates Joseph Simons Of Paul Weiss As FTC Chair

    President Donald Trump on Thursday named Joseph J. Simons of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP to lead the Federal Trade Commission in a bid to fill one of the major gaps in his administration’s leadership on antitrust, merger and consumer protection policy.

  • October 18, 2017

    AT&T’s $85B Time Warner Deal Awaits DOJ After Brazil’s Nod

    AT&T Inc. on Wednesday said that Brazil’s antitrust authority has conditionally approved its planned $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., leaving the U.S. Department of Justice as the last regulatory hurdle for the megadeal.

  • October 18, 2017

    Uber Beats Most Claims In Cab Co.'s Competition Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday threw out most of a defunct taxi company’s claims that Uber Technologies Inc. is running an unlicensed, unregulated taxi service that unfairly competes with “authentic” taxis, but asked the parties to provide more information about the claims that remain.

  • October 18, 2017

    Sen. Asks FERC To Probe $3.6B Market Manipulation Claims

    Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday asking it to investigate allegations that utilities Eversource Energy and Avangrid manipulated electricity prices in the region, costing New England consumers $3.6 billion in higher energy bills.

  • October 18, 2017

    Bridgestone To Pay $9M To Exit Auto Parts Price-Fixing Suit

    Tire maker Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to pay $9.36 million to settle claims in multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme for certain rubber parts, the company said Tuesday in Michigan federal court.

  • October 18, 2017

    $1B Accor-Mantra Deal Hits Aussie Regulator's Radar

    Australia's competition watchdog said Wednesday it is keeping an eye on French hotel group Accor SA’s AU$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) deal for Mantra Group, less than a week after the proposed tie-up was revealed.

  • October 18, 2017

    EU Accepts Becton Dickinson's Fixes For $24B Bard Buy

    Europe's competition enforcer said on Wednesday that it has approved Becton Dickinson and Co.'s planned $24 billion purchase of fellow New Jersey-based medical supply company C.R. Bard Inc., accepting the divestment proposed by BD last month.

  • October 18, 2017

    MarkitServ Settles Swap Trading Monopoly Suit

    Interest rate swap trading company MarkitServ Ltd. has settled allegations it has a monopoly on the processing service industry brought by financial technology company TrueEx LLC, according to a filing in New York federal court Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Cubs' Win In Rooftop Sightlines Fight

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday threw out a bid by Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners for a rehearing of their case accusing the Chicago Cubs of breaching a contract to prevent the obstruction of stadium sightlines, with all of the judges on the original appellate panel denying the petition for rehearing.

  • October 18, 2017

    Del. Jury Clears Plantronics In $600M Antitrust Trial

    A federal jury in Delaware on Wednesday cleared telephone headset maker Plantronics Inc. of antitrust claims asserted by Jabra brand parent GN Netcom Inc., finding after a weeklong trial that its so-called Plantronics-only distributors do not violate the Sherman and Clayton acts.

  • October 18, 2017

    UK Watchdog Challenges Building Insurance Monopoly

    ​The U.K.’s antitrust watchdog announced plans Wednesday to introduce new rules to challenge a near-monopoly in insurance for defects in new buildings, which a single body provides for around 80 percent of new homes.

  • October 17, 2017

    Verizon To Pay $17.7M To End FCC’s Bidding Violation Probe

    Verizon has agreed to pay $17.68 million to end an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice into possible violations of competitive bidding rules for a federally backed program that brings internet services to schools, the FCC announced Tuesday.

  • October 17, 2017

    $600M Jabra-Plantronics Antitrust Trial To Hit Jury Wednesday

    The antitrust claims Jabra brand parent GN Netcom Inc. lodged against telephone headset maker Plantronics Inc. are expected to go to a federal jury Wednesday after the weeklong trial in Delaware came close to closing Tuesday in a case where damages could measure up to $600 million.

  • October 17, 2017

    Feds Say Recorded Calls Prove Ex-HSBC Forex Exec's Guilt

    The U.S. Department of Justice gave closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of former HSBC foreign currency exchange executive Mark Johnson, asking a jury in Brooklyn why, if Johnson is not guilty of defrauding Cairn Energy through a $3.5 billion forex deal, is he talking on the phone like a guilty man.

  • October 17, 2017

    Songkick Seeks To Sanction Ticketmaster For Withheld Docs

    Songkick asked a California federal court on Monday to sanction Ticketmaster LLC and Live Nation Entertainment Inc. over their late production of thousands of discovery documents two months before trial in its lawsuit over their alleged monopoly on ticket sales.

  • October 17, 2017

    EU Probes Acetate Fiber JV Between Blackstone, Celanese

    Europe’s antitrust watchdog opened an in-depth investigation on Tuesday into a planned joint venture between Texas-based specialty materials company Celanese Corp. and private equity giant the Blackstone Group over concerns it could hurt competition in the market for acetate tow.

Expert Analysis

  • Merger Enforcement Takeaways From 5 Recent Cases

    Debbie Feinstein

    Despite a number of key federal antitrust posts remaining vacant, the antitrust authorities have remained quite active. Here, attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP discuss five recent transactions and what those cases mean for merger enforcement in the United States in the coming months and years.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Interlocking Directorates — Not Just A Section 8 Issue

    Pat Pascarella

    We regularly receive queries from clients regarding the legality of director interlocks under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. But another important question to consider is the potential risk created by interlocking directors under Section 1 of the Sherman Act or Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, say Pat Pascarella and Nate Newman of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • 4 Reasons We May Not See Colluding Robots Anytime Soon

    Ai Deng

    There is a lack of empirical evidence that the singular goal of profit maximization would lead to collusion by machines. But even if possible, algorithmic collusion could be limited in its scope, says Ai Deng of Bates White LLC.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • Insights On Provider Consolidation And Narrow Networks

    Samuel Weglein

    Two recent studies from the latest volume of "Health Affairs" — an academic journal focused on health care economics and policy — yield results that could have important implications for antitrust enforcement in health care markets, say Samuel Weglein and Dov Rothman of Analysis Group Inc.