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Competition

  • June 18, 2018

    Horizon Cancels €169M Towbar Co. Buy Amid Antitrust Woes

    Tow truck and trailer equipment maker Horizon Global Corp. has dropped its planned €169 million ($198.9 million) purchase of the Brink Group after competition authorities in the United Kingdom and Germany raised concerns over the remaining towbar suppliers in the market if the deal went through.

  • June 18, 2018

    CDK Slams Attempted Info Grab In Car Dealer Data MDL

    Software provider CDK Global LLC urged an Illinois federal judge on Monday to reject what it called overbroad discovery demands from plaintiffs in consolidated multidistrict litigation alleging CDK monopolized access to car sales and service data in software licensed to auto dealerships, saying documents related to a recently scuttled acquisition are irrelevant.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    Goodwin Snags 4-Atty IP Tech Team From Greenberg Traurig

    Goodwin Procter LLP has lured a team of four intellectual property litigators from Greenberg Traurig LLP with significant experience in the technology sector for its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 18, 2018

    JPMorgan To Pay CFTC $65M Over ISDAfix Rigging

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Monday that banking giant JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay a $65 million civil penalty for allegedly trying to manipulate a global benchmark tied to an array of interest-rate related derivative products such as swaps and options.

  • June 18, 2018

    UK Antitrust Watchdog Eyes Ion's £1.5B Fidessa Buyout Bid

    The U.K.'s competition watchdog said Monday it is investigating Ion Capital UK Ltd.’s proposed, £1.5 billion deal to buy rival British trading software company Fidessa Group PLC.

  • June 18, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Total Challenge To FERC Fining Power

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Total Gas & Power North America Inc.'s effort to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the company's challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's power to use the Natural Gas Act to impose fines was not ripe.

  • June 18, 2018

    High Court To Hear Apple's Appeal In Monopoly Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took up Apple Inc.’s bid to quash a proposed consumer class action claiming the technology giant illegally monopolized the iPhone app market, a little more than a month after the Trump administration threw its weight behind the tech giant's request.

  • June 15, 2018

    Minority Lawyers On Why They Left BigLaw

    Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taking On The ‘Petri Dish’ Of BigLaw Bias

    The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.

  • June 15, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot: By The Numbers

    Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.

  • June 15, 2018

    JPML Bundles CBOE Index Manipulation Suits In Chicago

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday sent several suits alleging an unlawful manipulation of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's volatility index to Chicago federal court, saying the move will ensure efficiency and consistency while litigating the case’s complex issues.

  • June 15, 2018

    3 Telecom Lessons We Can Learn From AT&T-Time Warner

    The U.S. Department of Justice unsuccessfully took AT&T to court over its proposed buy of Time Warner Inc., and U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s Wednesday opinion wholly approving the merger offers several lessons on the shape of the telecom landscape going forward.

  • June 15, 2018

    Insurer Ordered To Defend Au Pair Agency In Wage-Fixing Suit

    AXA Insurance Co. must defend an au pair placement agency in a class action alleging the company took part in a scheme to set unreasonably low pay rates for program participants, a Colorado federal judge ruled Friday, saying the insurer’s duty was triggered because the underlying suit includes a potentially covered negligent misrepresentation claim.

  • June 15, 2018

    American To Pay $45M To Exit Airline Antitrust MDL

    American Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay $45 million to exit multidistrict litigation accusing the country’s largest commercial airlines of violating the Sherman Act by colluding to limit the number of seats available on domestic flights and jacking up ticket prices, according to a request for preliminary approval of the settlement filed in D.C. federal court Friday.

  • June 15, 2018

    Robins Kaplan, Others Seek $108M In Fees In Auto Parts MDL

    Robins Kaplan LLP, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP asked Thursday for $108 million in attorneys’ fees from $430 million worth of settlements the firms negotiated for car buyers suing dozens of auto parts makers for fixing prices.

  • June 15, 2018

    NCAA Expert May Get To Rebut Athletes In Pay Cap Case

    A California federal judge Thursday said she may allow the NCAA to put on an expert, after all, to rebut a challenge to an association rule capping compensation for college athletes.

  • June 15, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Won’t Rethink Patent Antitrust Row Transfer

    The full Federal Circuit refused Friday to rethink a panel decision transferring an antitrust dispute to the Fifth Circuit, upholding findings of a lack of jurisdiction over alleged fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office but drawing a sharp rebuke from the Federal Circuit’s longest-serving member.

Expert Analysis

  • Exploring The Gambling Industry's Economic Peculiarities

    Roland Eisenhuth

    The anticipated legalization of sports betting in over 20 states is expected to add billions of dollars to U.S. gambling revenue. At the same time, mergers and acquisitions in the industry have attracted the Federal Trade Commission's attention, and questions regarding the economics of gambling must be addressed, says Roland Eisenhuth of Epsilon Economics LLC.

  • And Now A Word To The Panel: Happy 50th!

    Alan Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Chicago for its May 31 hearing session, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter observes the panel’s golden anniversary with a retrospective look at its origins in the enactment of the MDL statute in April 1968, and reviews its most recent hearing session held in Atlanta on March 29.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • A Wish For Nonexistent Cheap Drugs Is Not Standing To Sue

    Nicholas Landau

    The releases of highly effective, highly priced drugs to treat chronic diseases has bred a spate of efforts by activists to disenfranchise drug developers of their patent rights. The Federal Circuit's decision this month in AIDS Healthcare Foundation v. Gilead demonstrates how choosing the wrong venue for your patent challenge can doom it before it even starts, says Nicholas Landau of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • ​A Wage-Analysis Primer For Antitrust Attorneys: Part 2

    Stephen Bronars

    Four challenges often arise in modeling wages for pay discrimination cases, and modeling wages across multiple firms in a no-poaching context further complicates matters, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • ​A Wage-Analysis Primer For Antitrust Attorneys: Part 1

    Stephen Bronars

    As the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division attempts to prosecute no-poach and wage-fixing agreements, the wage analyses that are frequently used in employment discrimination cases will become increasingly relevant in the antitrust arena, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • FDA Notices Show Agency Is All In On Tobacco Regulation

    Paul Cicelski

    In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three advanced notices of proposed rulemaking on tobacco, nicotine, flavors in tobacco products and premium cigars. Advertisers and manufacturers of tobacco products seeking to help the FDA craft better, more representative rules must provide comments to the agency by mid-June, says Paul Cicelski of Lerman Senter PLLC.