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Competition

  • October 10, 2018

    Investor Says Teva Pharma Lied About Price-Hike Scheme

    A Swedish investment firm Wednesday accused Teva Pharmaceuticals in Connecticut federal court of lying to shareholders about an alleged scheme to pump up its share prices through a series of unsustainable price hikes that ultimately resulted in a spate of antitrust suits and the collapse of its market value.

  • October 10, 2018

    UK Antitrust Regulator Clears Power Co. Merger

    The United Kingdom's antitrust watchdog agreed Wednesday to a merger between two natural gas and electricity companies, concluding that the crowded field of domestic British retail energy companies will continue to give consumers "plenty of choice" after the tie-up.

  • October 10, 2018

    Greece Fines Unilever €27M For Abuse In Margarine Market

    Greece's competition watchdog said Wednesday that it had fined a Unilever unit €27.6 million ($31.8 million) for abusing its dominance in the market for margarine by imposing unfair restrictions on retailers and wholesalers.

  • October 10, 2018

    Shearman & Sterling Lures Merger Veteran From FTC

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has brought on a veteran Federal Trade Commission litigator to be a partner in its antitrust practice in Washington, D.C.

  • October 10, 2018

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Golf Ball-Tracking Technology Suit

    A high-tech golf range startup can't pursue claims that a rival squeezed it out of the market by nabbing key golf ball-tracking technology because its antitrust suit only speculated about future injury, the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Japan Ends Airbnb Antitrust Probe After Listing Rule Waived

    Japan’s antitrust watchdog announced Wednesday that it was closing a monopoly investigation into Airbnb after the home-sharing giant waived its right to enforce contract restrictions barring third-party lodging management providers from using its competitors to list accommodations.

  • October 10, 2018

    CVS To Sell Medicare Plan To Win $69B Aetna Deal Clearance

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that it has cleared CVS Health Corp.’s planned $69 billion deal for health insurer Aetna Inc. after the companies agreed to sell off a Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare.

  • October 9, 2018

    Utility JV Wins €13M In UK Power Cartel Damages Suit

    A Swiss-based multinational was found liable Tuesday for €13 million ($15 million) in overcharges to a joint venture between the United Kingdom and Dutch electricity grid owners that was harmed by an electricity cable cartel.

  • October 9, 2018

    Google Appeals €4.3B EU Fine In Android Antitrust Case

    Google Inc. said Tuesday that it has appealed a record €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) fine the European Union’s antitrust enforcer doled out in July for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system, just before its mid-October compliance deadline.

  • October 9, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Lobbyists at the Federal Communications Commission stepped up their arguments last month for why the agency should approve the proposed Sprint-T-Mobile merger and doubled down on backing changes to local small-cell siting rules and the Citizens Broadband Radio Service framework.

  • October 9, 2018

    Physicians, AOA Seek Final OK On Tying-Suit Settlement

    A group of physicians challenging an American Osteopathic Association policy that they said tied its board certification to being a member asked a New Jersey federal judge for final approval of a deal to end the suit, saying that when all the settlement terms are taken together it is worth around $84 million.

  • October 9, 2018

    Factory Ordered Sold In Groundbreaking Merger Breakup

    A factory that makes interior door covers must be sold to restore competition after a rival became the first private company to successfully challenge a merger under the Clayton Act without government help and reach a jury verdict, a Virginia federal judge held Friday.

  • October 9, 2018

    Apple Opposes Qualcomm's Dismissal Bid In Patent Fight

    Apple asked a California federal court to deny Qualcomm’s bid to dismiss portions of a sweeping patent case, saying the chipmaker's promise not to sue over nine patents does not address other claims at issue in the dispute.

  • October 9, 2018

    Network Capacity Buyers Shut Out Of EU Merger Row

    The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that the European Commission made no legally binding decisions, and thus created no appeals rights, when dealing with telecommunications companies that tried to pick up network capacity that Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG was forced to shell out as part of a merger deal.

  • October 9, 2018

    Justices Won’t Tackle Jurisdiction Question In Lipitor Case

    An antitrust lawsuit by a group of California pharmacies targeting a settlement between Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Inc. over the anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor hit the end of the road Tuesday, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up the pharmacies’ argument that their suit was improperly removed to federal court and then dismissed.

  • October 9, 2018

    Limo Co. Says Uber Drivers Are Employees Under Dynamex

    A California limousine company told a federal court Friday that the state's newly adopted Dynamex standard for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees will show that Uber Technologies Inc. has misclassified its drivers to get a competitive edge over traditional taxicabs and limousine companies.

  • October 9, 2018

    UK Antitrust Watchdog To Probe Auditing Industry

    The U.K.'s antitrust authority launched another investigation into the country's auditing sector on Tuesday, putting more pressure on the Big Four accounting firms amid concerns that audits for some major British companies have fallen short.

  • October 5, 2018

    Gov't Role In Paul Weiss Probe Puts Deutsche Trial At Risk

    A New York federal judge signaled Friday that the Libor-rigging trial against former Deutsche Bank traders Matthew Connolly and Gavin Black may be in trouble, in light of "highly persuasive" evidence concerning the government's role in an internal investigation of the bank by Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • October 5, 2018

    What's At Stake In The Apple App Store Case?

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear Apple's appeal in a case alleging that the company illegally monopolized the market for iPhone apps. Along with other implications, the case has rekindled debate about a decades-old ruling that limits class action standing. Here, Law360 looks at what’s at stake in the Apple App Store monopolization case.

  • October 5, 2018

    UK Watchdog Mulling Remedies For £1.2B Fuel Co. Merger

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog in a newly published decision said that some remedies offered by Motor Fuel Group may alleviate concerns that its £1.2 billion ($1.56 billion) buy of fellow private equity-backed British gasoline retailer MRH GB Ltd. could hurt local competition.

Expert Analysis

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 2

    Jon B. Jacobs

    The Federal Trade Commission hearing on Friday featured two panels discussing the state of U.S. antitrust law and one panel on monopsony power. Jon B. Jacobs and Barry Reingold of Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways.

  • 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.