Competition

  • January 11, 2017

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Lobbying activity on major controversial issues at the Federal Communications Commission has slowed as the changeover to a new administration continues, but experts say these months of transition are also a formative time for the industry to make its case before staff and commissioners.

  • January 11, 2017

    US Faces Uphill Battle To Extradite UK FX Traders, Attys Say

    The U.S. may struggle to extradite three former traders charged Tuesday with rigging foreign currency exchange markets because Britain's Serious Fraud Office has already cleared them from prosecution following a major investigation, their lawyers said Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Homeowners Get More Time In PNC Lender Kickback Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday allowed homeowners accusing a PNC Bank predecessor of accepting kickbacks for referring mortgage customers to insurers to modify their class action complaint to skirt a one-year statute of limitations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sessions Defends Record In Bid For AG Before Senate Panel

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, pushed back on questions about his record in the Senate and as a prosecutor Tuesday, as members of a Senate panel pushed him on immigration enforcement, the role of federal government and his civil rights record.

  • January 10, 2017

    MLB Says Scouts' Pay-Suit Whiff Hurts Minor Leaguers' Case

    Major League Baseball told the Ninth Circuit that a recent New York federal court decision to toss professional baseball scouts' pay-suppression claims because of baseball's antitrust exemption shows that the exemption is alive and well and was properly invoked to dismiss similar claims by minor league ballplayers.

  • January 10, 2017

    Polaris Gets Quick Win In Time-Barred Army Supplier Spat

    A Michigan federal judge Tuesday tossed a U.S. Army supplier’s suit alleging a competitor conspired with an Army contracting officer to undermine its bid for an all-terrain vehicle contract, because the statute of limitations on the claims had expired.

  • January 10, 2017

    Feds Charge 4 In Foreign Bribery Plot To Sell $800M Complex

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced charges against four individuals over an alleged scheme to bribe a foreign official to buy a $800 million building complex in Vietnam.

  • January 10, 2017

    1st Circ. Won't Rethink Nexium Pay-For-Delay Decision

    The First Circuit on Tuesday turned down bids by Nexium buyers for a rehearing of its November decision declining to revive a pay-for-delay class action against AstraZeneca and Ranbaxy over the heartburn medication.

  • January 10, 2017

    ChemChina, Syngenta Offer EU Antitrust Fixes For $43B Deal

    China National Chemical Corp. and Syngenta AG have offered European antitrust regulators concessions to assuage concerns that ChemChina’s planned $43 billion takeover of the Swiss firm would harm competition.

  • January 10, 2017

    3 More Ex-Currency Traders Charged With Forex Rate Rigging

    Three former foreign currency traders for Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and two other large banks on Tuesday became the latest defendants to face criminal charges in a U.S. Department of Justice probe into foreign currency market manipulation.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sabre Says Jury Lacked Proof For $15M US Airways Verdict

    Trip-planning giant Sabre urged a New York federal judge Monday to enter judgment in its favor weeks after a Manhattan jury awarded US Airways $15 million on a finding that Sabre restrained trade by forcing unfavorable contract terms on the airline, citing a "pervasive" failure of proof in the case.

  • January 10, 2017

    Ex-Cadwalader Competition Team Joins Dechert In Brussels

    Dechert LLP has expanded its antitrust and competition practice by adding a group of former Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP attorneys to its Brussels office.

  • January 10, 2017

    2 More Energy Execs Cop Pleas In Venezuela Bribery Scheme

    Two energy company owners pled guilty to foreign bribery charges for their roles in an alleged scheme to fraudulently secure energy contracts from Venezuela's state-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA, a scheme that has already netted several guilty pleas, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    EU Must Pay Up For Lengthy Cartel Appeal In Landmark Case

    A European Union court for the first time Tuesday awarded two companies damages against the bloc for the excessive delay in the industrial bag makers' appeal of cartel fines, granting them about €50,000 ($52,797) as four similar challenges await on the court's docket.

  • January 10, 2017

    Ex-NJ Pharma Execs Admit To Generic Drug Price-Fixing Plot

    Two former Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. executives admitted Monday in Pennsylvania federal court to plotting to fix prices of antibiotics and diabetes treatments, marking the first charges in the U.S. Department of Justice's ongoing antitrust investigation into the generic drug industry.

  • January 10, 2017

    Japanese Co. Wants Early Exit From Capacitor Antitrust MDL

    Japan-based Soshin Electric Co. Ltd. asked a California federal court to grant it and a U.S. affiliate summary judgment in multidistrict litigation over an alleged conspiracy to fix prices for electrical capacitors, saying it did not sell the components in the U.S.

  • January 10, 2017

    Wollmuth Maher Nabs Ex-Bernstein Liebhard Antitrust Pro

    Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP has hired an antitrust and commercial litigator previously with Bernstein Liebhard LLP as a partner in its New York office, the firm has announced.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

  • January 9, 2017

    Menendez Doc, Gov't Fight Limits On Evidence In Fraud Case

    Maneuvering ahead of trial, federal prosecutors and a Florida doctor accused of committing Medicare fraud and bribing Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., in an attempt to clear himself continued to spar over the admissibility of evidence on his billing records, Medicare regulations and numerous other topics.

  • January 9, 2017

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, the law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.

Expert Analysis

  • What We Learned About Patent Remedies In 2016

    Jean Dassie

    It was a busy year for patent remedies. The U.S. Supreme Court decided cases on willfulness and design patent damages, and the Federal Circuit made law on willfulness, enhancement, attorney fees, antitrust damages, preissuance patent damages, and laches, says Jean Dassie of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

  • 2016 Highlights From Indirect Purchaser Class Actions

    Christopher T. Micheletti

    While there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that impacted indirect purchaser cases in 2016, and only a few circuit court decisions, some notable rulings shed light on strategies related to class certification, Article III and antitrust standing, settlement objectors, and other indirect purchaser-related issues, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Takeaways From China's Antitrust Case Against Medtronic

    Huang Wei

    Medtronic is the first antitrust case against a medical equipment firm in China being enforced by the National Development and Reform Commission rather than by agencies at provincial level. It offers helpful insights into the NDRC’s enforcement approaches, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Reigniting The Debate Over Student-Athletes As Employees

    Shar Bahmani

    The 2017 College Football Bowl season has begun. However, the battle on the gridiron is not the only struggle college student-athletes currently face, as a recent memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board appears to have resparked the debate over whether student-athletes are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act, says Shar Bahmani of Squire Patton Boggs.

  • State AGs May Turn Up Enforcement Under Trump

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    With the incoming Trump administration, regulatory and enforcement priorities will likely change, but if federal agencies scale back their consumer protection efforts, attorneys general can be expected to pick up the slack, says Joseph W. Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • FERC's Enforcement Appetite Makes Compliance Key

    Robert Fallon

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has energy market manipulation schemes in its crosshairs, and is stepping up enforcement efforts against entities and individual actors alike. Now more than ever, a good compliance program that prevents, identifies and mitigates risk can translate into money saved — and maybe even jail time avoided — in the event that problems arise down the road, say attorneys from Cozen O’Connor.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.