• March 9, 2018

    Health Hires: Aronberg, Bracewell, Miles, Polsinelli, Sidley

    Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa, Bracewell LLP, Miles & Stockbridge PC, Polsinelli PC and Sidley Austin LLP are among the firms that have seen their life sciences and health teams grow in the last few weeks.

  • March 9, 2018

    Antitrust Immunity Proposed For News Org Online Talks

    Under a bill introduced in Congress, news organizations could be given a limited, four-year “safe harbor” from certain antitrust laws allowing them to band together to negotiate with major online content distributors such as Google and Facebook on matters relating to “quality, accuracy, attribution or branding, and interoperability of news.” 

  • March 9, 2018

    Stanley Electric Strikes $15.2M Deal In Car Parts MDL

    Stanley Electric Co. Ltd. will pay $15.2 million to close out at least part of its role in a sprawling multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing for auto parts, end purchasers of vehicles and parts told a Michigan federal judge Friday as they sought preliminary approval of the class settlement.

  • March 9, 2018

    GlaxoSmithKline 'Pay For Delay' Suit Heads To EU Court

    A United Kingdom tribunal punted on GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s appeal over £37.6 million ($54 million) in antitrust fines from alleged “pay-for-delay” deals to postpone generic versions of blockbuster antidepressant Seroxat, sending the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

  • March 9, 2018

    FTC Materials Barred In Imminent Solodyn Pay-For-Delay Trial

    An antitrust trial set to kick off Monday in Boston will not include Federal Trade Commission studies on the importance of generic brands to competition, a federal judge ruled days before jury selection, in a win for the one drugmaker still fighting the pay-for-delay case.

  • March 9, 2018

    Broadcom Says It Won't Sell Sensitive Qualcomm Assets

    Broadcom took its pledge to support 5G technology in the U.S. to Congress in a letter published Friday, promising not to sell sensitive assets to foreign buyers as it looks to garner support for its hostile $117 billion Qualcomm bid amid scrutiny from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • March 8, 2018

    Sony, HannStar Settle LCD Price-Fixing Row

    More than five years of litigation after reaching an initial agreement, Sony settled with HannStar for its role in a price-fixing scheme involving liquid crystal displays, as a California judge signed off Tuesday on the parties’ agreement to dismiss the claim from multidistrict litigation.

  • March 8, 2018

    9th Circ. To Hear Consolidated Net Neutrality Challenges

    A dozen challenges seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s order ending net neutrality regulations will be consolidated and heard by the Ninth Circuit, according to a Thursday order from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

  • March 8, 2018

    EU Axes Claims Against 18 Countries Over Antitrust Rules

    The European Commission has dropped infringement proceedings against 18 European Union member states over rules adopted last year making it easier for victims to claim damages from antitrust violations, saying Thursday that the countries have adopted legislation complying with the rules.

  • March 8, 2018

    Investor Hits Dental Supplier With Suit Over Antitrust Case

    An investor in Henry Schein Inc. filed suit in New York federal court on Wednesday alleging the dental supply company and its executives artificially inflated its stock price by concealing a scheme with other suppliers to deny discounts to certain buying groups.

  • March 8, 2018

    Comcast Prevails In Sports Network Dispute At FCC

    Comcast prevailed Wednesday in a dispute with Wave Broadband over the carriage of regional sports networks when the Federal Communications Commission found that Wave had lobbed its challenge too late and through the wrong avenue.

  • March 8, 2018

    Asset Manager Sets Aside £1M For FCA Competition Probe

    A U.K. asset management firm has said it set aside £1 million ($1.4 million) for an ongoing Financial Conduct Authority antitrust probe that accuses the firm and three others of disclosing inside information ahead of two initial public offerings and a share placing. 

  • March 7, 2018

    Top EU Court Says Transport Co. Must Repay €642M In Aid

    The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday ordered a formerly state-owned package delivery company to return €642 million in state aid money to the French government, finding the company failed to honor EU conditions attached to approval of the bailout payments.

  • March 7, 2018

    Apple, Samsung Fight Qualcomm Bid For Confidential Deal

    A California federal judge overseeing the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust suit over Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices said Wednesday a confidential agreement between Samsung and Apple appears relevant to Qualcomm’s defense, but those companies urged the judge to find the document is protected under the work-product doctrine.

  • March 7, 2018

    Bayer In Talks To Sell BASF Its Vegetable Seed Biz

    Bayer AG said Wednesday it has entered into exclusive talks with BASF SE for the potential sale of its entire vegetable seed business as the German drug and chemical maker looks to ease antitrust concerns over its planned takeover of U.S.-based Monsanto Co.

  • March 7, 2018

    Tesla Unit, Utility Near Deal In High Court Antitrust Fight

    An Arizona utility and a Tesla Inc. rooftop solar unit confirmed Wednesday that they're close to a settlement resolving an antitrust suit brought by Tesla, less than two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments over whether the utility is immune from the suit under the state action doctrine.

  • March 7, 2018

    Carl’s Jr. Antitrust Row Calls For Scholarly Input, Judge Says

    A California judge on Wednesday advised counsel for Carl's Jr. managers and Carl Karcher Enterprises LLC to invite antitrust scholars to weigh in on a case accusing CKE of unlawfully preventing managers from heading to other franchises, saying the case raises novel questions of California law.

  • March 7, 2018

    Panasonic Ducks Class Cert. In Battery Price-Fixing Suit

    A California judge has rejected class certification by consumers in multidistrict litigation over lithium battery price-fixing, giving Panasonic Corp. a huge victory against a $1.7 billion treble-damages claim after all other defendant companies paid millions in settlements.

  • March 7, 2018

    Ambulance Cos. To Shed Hawaii Air Unit To Finish Merger

    A pair of ambulance companies have agreed to sell an air transport service in Hawaii in order to alleviate competition concerns raised by the Federal Trade Commission over their $2.4 billion tie-up, the agency said Wednesday.

  • March 7, 2018

    Sanden OK'd For $7.6M Settlement In Car Parts Price-Fix MDL

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval of a $7.6 million settlement between Sanden Automotive Components Corp. and car drivers in a sprawling multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing for auto parts.

Expert Analysis

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Prepare For DOJ's Criminal No-Poach Prosecutions

    Juan Arteaga

    Believing that the Trump administration would be more “business friendly,” many antitrust practitioners, human resources professionals and business executives assumed that the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission would simply not enforce the 2016 guidelines on no-poach and wage-fixing agreements. This assumption has proven to be incorrect, says Juan Arteaga of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • An Overdue Re-Examination Of Antitrust Policy Toward SEPs

    David Teece

    Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim's recent speech on antitrust issues regarding standards development and patents implicating standards is promising in that, for the first time in a while, we might have an authentic innovation champion at the U.S. Department of Justice, say David Teece of Berkeley Research Group LLC and Edward Sherry of Expert Research Associates Inc.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Possible Turning Point For Resale Price Maintenance In China

    Huang Wei

    Recently, for the first time ever, a court in China directly and explicitly held that the enforcement approach adopted by the Chinese antitrust enforcement agencies toward resale price maintenance practices is consistent with laws, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)